Honey Irani

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Honey Irani
Born (1950-01-17) 17 January 1950 (age 66)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, screenwriter
Nationality Indian
Subject Love, Philosophy
Spouse Javed Akhtar (divorced)
Children Zoya Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

Honey Irani (born 17 January 1950) is an Indian film actress and screenwriter, who works in Hindi cinema.

Personal life and background[edit]

Honey Irani was born into an Irani, Zoroastrian family in Mumbai. She wed Javed Akhtar on 21 March 1972, but the marriage ended in divorce.[1] They have two children. A daughter, Zoya Akhtar and a son, Farhan Akhtar both filmmakers.[2]

Honey Irani is the maternal aunt of choreographer and director Farah Khan and director/host Sajid Khan. Her sister Daisy Irani was a famous child artist of the 1950s/60s.[3]


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.[4]

After her divorce she started doing embroidery on sarees to support her family. Though she has been writing short stories all this while, she never shared them. She told the story idea of Aaina (1993) to Pam Chopra,wife of Yash Chopra for a TV series but it was selected by Yash Chopra for a film. Yash Chopra also 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 blockbuster Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2001.[1]


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

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