Aruna Irani

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Aruna Irani
Aruna Irani at 57th Filmfare Awards.jpg
Born Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, director

Aruna Irani is an Indian actress, who has acted in over 300 films in Hindi and Gujarati cinema, mostly playing supporting roles. She has danced in the songs "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" from film Jyoti (1981), "Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani", "Dilbar Dilse Pyare", "Ab Jo Mile Hai" from film Caravan (1971) and "Main Shayar To Nahi" from film Bobby'(1973) amongst others. Her performance in both films won her nomination at Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Role. She holds the record for winning maximum nominations (10) in this category and received the award twice for her roles in Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1985) and Beta (1993). In January 2012, she was honoured with Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Filmfare Awards function.

Early life[edit]

Aruna Irani was born in Mumbai, India.


Irani made her debut in the movie Ganga Jamuna (1961) at nine years old playing childhood Azra's character. Then she acted in movie Anpadh (1962) as childhood Mala Sinha's character. After doing several small roles in films like Jahanara (1964), Farz (1967), Upkar (1967) and Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969). She later acted with comedian Mehmood Ali in films like Aulad (1968), Humjoli (1970), Devi (1970) and Naya Zamana (1971).

In 1971, she starred in Caravan.

She latered starred in Mehmood Ali's Bombay To Goa (1972), Garam Masala (1972), and Do Phool (1973).

Her films have included Farz (1967), Bobby (1973), Fakira (1976), Sargam (1979), Red Rose (1980), Love Story (1981), and Rocky (1981).

She won her first Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984).

In the late 1980s and 1990s Irani switched to playing motherly roles, notably in Beta (1992) for which she won her second Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She acted in the Kannada remake of the same film and the same role. Some of her Marathi films are Aandhla Marto Dola,Bhingari,Changu Mangu, Lapwa Chapvi, Ek Gadi Baki Anadi and Bol Baby Bol.

In her later career, Irani also switched to television performing character roles in various serials. She also took up to direction and production of tele-serials like Mehndi Tere Naam Ki, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, Rabba Ishq Na Hove,Vaidehi and more.[1][unreliable source?]

On 19 February 2012, she was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the annual Filmfare awards function in Mumbai.


Television shows[edit]

Year Show Character Channel Notes
2000 Zamana Badal Gaya DD Metro Also as a Producer under AK Films
2001-2005 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Teji Star Plus Also as a Director and
Producer under AK Films
2002 Mehndi Tere Naam Ki Sharda Malik Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2003-2005 Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan Shalini Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2005-2006 Zameen Se Aassman Tak Balraj's Mother Sahara One Also as a Producer under AK Films
2006 Vaidehi Sita Sony TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2005-2006 Rabba Ishq Na Hove Veera's Mother Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2006-2007 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Narayani Devi Star Plus Supporting Cast
2007-2009 Babul Ki Bitiya Chali Doli Saja Ke Dadima Sahara One Also as a Producer under AK Films
2007-2009 Naaginn Maasa/ Triveni Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2008 Saas v/s Bahu Judge Sahara One Judge
2009-2011 Jhansi Ki Rani Vahini Sahiba Zee TV Supporting Cast
2010-2011 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini Rajrani Zee TV Supporting Cast
2011-2012 Dekha Ek Khwaab Rajmata Mrilani Devi Sony TV Lead
2011-2012 Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki Sharda Agnihotri Life OK Supporting
2012 Parichay — Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka Sulekha Diwan Colors TV Supporting Cast
2013–2014 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apno Ki Ansuya Vaishnav Colors TV Supporting Cast



  1. ^ "Aruna Irani: Small is also beautiful!". IndiaTimes Movies. 15 Nov 2001. Retrieved 25 Nov 2011. 

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