Kuku Kohli

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Kukku Kohli
Other namesAvtar Kohli
Known forDirection
Notable work
Phool Aur Kaante, Anari No.1
Spouse(s)Aruna Irani
RelativesIndra Kumar (Brother-in-law)
Adi Irani (Brother-in-law)
Firoz Irani (Brother-in-law)

Kuku Kohli (born Avtar Kohli) is a director, writer, editor and screenwriter of Bollywood Films.[1] He was born in Peshawar. He is known to give Ajay Devgan his first break in Bollywood in the movie Phool Aur Kaante. Early in his career, he worked under Raj Kapoor for many years where he learned his skills.[2] Mr. Kuku Kohli has been in the film industry for more than 30 years. He has assisted Mr. Raj Kapoor, Film Director and an acknowledged genius in the art of filmmaking in the films - Bobby, Prem Rog, and Satyam Shivam Sundaram. He was the second unit director of the film BETAAB which was the launch pad of Sunny Deol & Amrita Singh and catapulted both into stardom as it was a golden jubilee film. Another film was ARJUN starring Sunny Deol & Dimple Kapadia, was a silver jubilee film. The action sequences of this film shot by Mr. Kohli are acclaimed to be among the best sequences ever shot. He, then, directed “PHOOL AUR KAANTE” which achieved diamond jubilee status and made Ajay Devgan one of the most sought after stars of the country. After this, he directed “KOHRAAM” starring Dharmendra, Amrish Puri, Aneeta Raj & Aroona Irani. “SUHAAG” starring Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor, Nagma was again a golden jubilee. “HAQEEQAT” starring Ajay Devgan, Tabu, Amrish Puri, and Aroona Irani was critically acclaimed & was a hit all over. It was nominated in 7 categories including best director for the prestigious “FILMFARE AWARD”, Mr. Kohli was also nominated as the best director of the year for the same film for the Screen awards. His directorial venture was “ZULMI” starring Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Amrish Puri, Aruna Irani, Milind Gunaji, etc. This film had also run successfully everywhere. In partnership with Ms. Aroona Irani in 1998, he produced & directed “ANARI NO. 1” starring Govinda in a double role. This film was a huge success worldwide. Since then he had made “YEH DIL AASHIQANA”. Music maestros Nadeem-Shravan made a comeback into the industry with this film. This film was released in January 2002. It was a super hit and celebrated Silver jubilee again with Karan Nath who became a overnight star with his handsome looks and superb performance as a newcomer.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Aruna Irani.



  1. ^ "Kuku Kohli". bollywoodhungama. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  2. ^ "New Talent, Old Virture". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 December 2012.