Roohi Bano

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Roohi Bano
روحی بانو
Roohi Bano

(1951-08-10)10 August 1951
Died25 January 2019(2019-01-25) (aged 67)
OccupationTV actress, model
AwardsPride of Performance by the President of Pakistan in 1981
PTV Award

Roohi Bano (August 10, 1951 – January 25, 2019) was a Pakistani actress who was known for her roles in Kiran Kahani, Zard Gulab, and Darwaza.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Roohi Bano was born in Karachi on 10 August 1951.[3] She was the daughter of Alla Rakha, a noted tabla player of India and step-sister of Indian music virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain.[4]

Roohi Bano got married twice in her life.[2]


Roohi joined television when she was doing her Masters in Psychology from the Government College, Lahore.[5][6]

According to news reports, "Roohi Bano witnessed the birth of the television industry in Pakistan..."[1] Roohi acted memorably in Kiran Kahani (1972), Zard Gulab, Darwaza and many other famous TV dramas (nearly a total of 150 TV dramas ) in the decade of 1970s and 1980s.[2] She was conferred the Pride of Performance award by the President of Pakistan in 1981.[7][5] She also earned many PTV awards, notably Nigar Award, Graduate Award and Lux Lifetime Achievement Award.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Later Life and Death[edit]

In 2005, her 20 years old only son was killed by unidentified killers. He was murdered near his residence in Gulberg III, Lahore. His body was dumped alongside a fence where a passerby spotted it, when he heard the ring tone of his cell phone. After this incident, Roohi Bano had abandoned her career and led a lonely life in Lahore and never fully recovered from this shocking and tragic event in her life.[1][6] She had been suffering from schizophrenia for some years now due to her turbulent life and brutal murder of her only son. She also spent some years at the rehabilitation centre Fountain House in Lahore. Her own sister had her admitted to the rehabilitation centre in 2005.[2][8][6]

She died in Istanbul on 25 January 2019. She had been suffering from kidney disease and a mental disorder. She was on a ventilator for 10 days before she died. According to her sister, Rubina Yasmeen, her family had travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to be with her in her last days.[6][3][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Veteran actor Roohi Bano escapes murder attempt in Lahore". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sad but true: Roohi Bano's lonely 55th birthday". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 13 August 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Famous actress Roohi Bano passes away in Turkey: Family". The News International (newspaper). 25 January 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  4. ^ Piyali Dasgupta (25 July 2013). "Roohi Bano lives a life of recluse wreck Lahore". Times of India (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Ahmed, Shoaib (3 May 2015). "Roohi Bano: In and out of darkness". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Arshad, Qasim (25 January 2019). "Renowned actress Roohi Bano passes away in Turkey". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Versatile actor Roohi Bano passes away". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  8. ^ Ahmad, Fouzia Nasir (4 May 2014). "Bringing Roohi Bano back". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  9. ^ "TV actor Roohi Bano passes away in Turkey". Samaa TV News website. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2020.