B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Aruna Irani was born in 1950 in Bombay. She is of mixed Zorastrian and Hindu background. She was trained in dancing right from her childhood. When she was just 11, She made her first screen appreance in Ganga Jamuna (1961). She went on to do many more films as a child artist like Anpadh (1962), Parsmani (1963) and Jahan Ara (1964)
Aruna Irani’s first film as a female lead was Farz (1967), where she starred opposite Jeetendra. Farz was a runaway hit, and made Jeetendra an over-night star. Meanwhile, Aruna Irani got stuck in supporting roles. She did many more films like Waris (1969), Humjoli (1970), Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1969) and Naya Zamana (1971).
Aruna Irani’s breakthrough film was Nasir Hussain’s Caravan (1971). She played a possessive and violent gypsy dancer and everyone just lover her performance as a grey-shaded woman. Caravan was a huge success, and Aruna Irani got typecast as a vamp in most of her films there after.
However, Aruna Irani also did some main lead roles in Bombay to Goa (1972) and Do Phool (1973). Another of her most memorable performances came in Raj Kapoor’s Bobby (1973), which established her as a great character actor. Aruna Irani was one of the most sought-after character actors throughout the 70s and 80s. If she comfortably carried herself in Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974), Sargam (1979), Rocky (1980) and Pet Pyaar aur Paap (1984), she also did negative roles like in Qurbani (1980) with equal ease.
With the late 80s, Aruna Irani switched to playing mother roles. And to no surprises, Aruna Irani excelled here too. Her performances in Chaalbaaz (1989), Doodh Ka Karz (1991), Beta (1992), Raja Babu (1994) and Suhaag (1994) were loved by one and all. Infact, Aruna Irani was one artist with the most number of films to her credit in mother roles.
Other two of her memorable roles in the 90s were in Indian (1996) and Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). Gradually, Aruna Irani stopped doing films as she was very busy in producing TV serials.
Aruna Irani won Filmfare awards twice in Best Supporting actress category for Pet Pyaar aur Paap and Beta in 1984 and 1992 respectively. Aruna Irani has also produced films like Anari no. 1 (1999) and Yeh Dil Aashiqana (2002) and a famous TV serial Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand. Director Indra Kumar is her brother and Kuku Kohli is her husband.