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)
EducationGovernment College University, Lahore
OccupationTV actress, model
Years active1968–2005
Parent(s)Alla Rakha (father)
Zeenat Begum (mother)
RelativesRubina Yasmeen (sister)
Taufiq Qureshi (step-brother)
Zakir Hussain (step-brother)
Fazal Qureshi (step-brother)
Isabella Qureshi (niece)
Anisa Qureshi (niece)
Razia Khan (step-sister)
Bilquis Hussain (step-sister)
Khurshid Aulia (step-sister)
Shikaar Naad Qureshi (nephew)
AwardsPride of Performance by the President of Pakistan in 1981
PTV Award
Lux Style 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][3]

Early life[edit]

Roohi Bano was born in Karachi on 10 August 1951.[4] She was the daughter of Alla Rakha, a noted tabla player of India and half-sister of Indian music virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8][6] She also earned many PTV awards, notably Nigar Award, Graduate Award and Lux Lifetime Achievement Award.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Roohi married twice but both of her marriages were unsuccessful and she had one son.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

In 2005, her 20-year-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][7] 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][10][7]

She died in Istanbul on 25 January 2019.[11] She had been suffering from kidney disease and a mental disorder. She was on a ventilator for 10 days before she died.[12] According to her sister, Rubina Yasmeen, her family had travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to be with her in her last days.[7][4][13]


Television series[edit]

  • Zair, Zabar, Pesh (1974)
  • Kiran Kahani
  • Zard Gulab
  • Darwaza
  • Gardish
  • Karwan
  • Dehleez (1981)
  • Sarab
  • Kaanch Ka Pul
  • Ek Mohabat Sau Afsaney
  • Apnay Log
  • Kala Diara
  • Qila Kahani
  • Bazgasht
  • Kache Pakke Rang
  • Hairat Kadah
  • Pakki Haveli
  • Sood-o-Zea
  • Adhay Chehray


  • Aakhri Geet
  • Aik Aur Aurat


  • Umang (1975)
  • Palki (1975)
  • Insan Aur Farishta (1976)
  • Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1976)
  • Rastay Ka Pathar (1976)
  • Tipu Sultan (1977)
  • Khuda Aur Mohabbat (1978)
  • Dushman Ki Talash (1978)
  • Zamir (1980)
  • Samjhota (1980)
  • Aazmaish (1980)
  • Dil Ek Khilona (1981)
  • Kiran Aur Kali (1981)
  • Bara Aadmi (1981)
  • Kainat (1983)
  • Aaj Ka Insan (1984)
  • Da Dushman Talash (1987)

Awards and recognition[edit]


  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 e "Sad but true: Roohi Bano's lonely 55th birthday". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 13 August 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Angels of the fall". Dawn News. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Famous actress Roohi Bano passes away in Turkey: Family". The News International (newspaper). 25 January 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  5. ^ Piyali Dasgupta (25 July 2013). "Roohi Bano lives a life of recluse wreck Lahore". Times of India (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b Ahmed, Shoaib (3 May 2015). "Roohi Bano: In and out of darkness". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d Arshad, Qasim (25 January 2019). "Renowned actress Roohi Bano passes away in Turkey". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Versatile actor Roohi Bano passes away". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Mandwa screens film 'Surriya Bhopali'". The News International. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  10. ^ Ahmad, Fouzia Nasir (4 May 2014). "Bringing Roohi Bano back". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Roohi Bano is well and at brother's house: sister". Geo News. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Pakistan Television legend Roohi Bano passes away". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  13. ^ "TV actor Roohi Bano passes away in Turkey". Samaa TV News website. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2020.

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