Honey Irani

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Honey Irani
Born (1955-08-25) 25 August 1955 (age 62)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, screenwriter
Nationality Indian
Spouse Javed Akhtar (divorced)
Children Zoya Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar
Relatives Daisy Irani (sister)

Honey Irani (born 25 August 1955) is an Indian film actress and screenwriter, who works in Hindi cinema.


Honey Irani began her Bollywood career as a child actress with roles in films like Chirag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan and Bombay Ka Chor. She has acted in over 72 films.[1]

After her divorce she started doing embroidery on sarees to support her family. Though she had been writing short stories all this while, she never shared them. She narrated the story idea of Aaina (1993) to Pam Chopra, wife of Yash Chopra for a TV series but he developed it into a film. Yash Chopra had also previously asked her to develop a story idea, which went on to become her debut as a screenwriter, Lamhe (1991), starring Sridevi. The film saw mediocre success but she won the Filmfare Award for Best Story for the film and it paved her way for a successful career as screenwriter. She won the award again for Kya Kehna in 2002, besides winning Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay with Ravi Kapoor for the blockbuster Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2001.[2]

Background and personal life[edit]

Honey Irani was born into an Irani Zoroastrian family in Mumbai and her mother-tongue is Gujarati.

Irani met the script-writer and poet Javed Akhtar on the sets of Seeta Aur Geeta. They were married on 21 March 1972 and she was only 17 years old at that time. Her career as a child star had already ended and his career as a script-writer had not yet properly begun. They had no place to live and were given a room in the house of Irani's older married sister Menaka. Their daughter Zoya Akhtar was born in 1972 and their son Farhan Akhtar in 1974. Irani became a devoted home-maker, but the marriage ended in divorce after her husband became involved with the actress Shabana Azmi in the mid-1970s.[2] The couple separated in 1978 and divorced in 1985. While Akhtar married Shabana Azmi in 1984, Irani devoted herself to the care of her two young children, who were six years and four years old respectively in 1978. She even started doing embroidery on sarees as a way of earning money to support her children. Eventually, she managed to make a second career for herself as a writer of film scripts. Both of Irani's children (son Farhan Akhtar and daughter Zoya Akhtar) grew up to be reasonably successful filmmakers.[3]

Irani is the youngest of three sisters, the other two being Menaka Khan and Daisy Irani. Irani's oldest sister, Menaka, is married to the stunt film-maker Kamran Khan[4] and is the mother of film-makers Sajid Khan and Farah Khan. Her other sister Daisy, who was also a famous child-star like herself,[5] was married (till his death) to screen-writer K.K. Shukla, a Hindu Brahmin, and is the mother of three children.


Year Film Award Category Result
1992 Lamhe Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Story Won
2001 Kya Kehna Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Story Won
2002 Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay Won

Partial filmography[edit]





  1. ^ "Everyone would be crying. It was great", rediff.com; accessed 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "‘Shabana and I are not sahelis’". Filmfare. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Honey Irani – Sweet Taste of Success", india-today.com; accessed 1 December 2014.
  4. ^ "‘I told Shah Rukh..". The Telegraph. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  5. ^ Rana A. Siddiqui (22 May 2003). "Honey Irani... happy and sweet". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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