Aruna Irani (born 03rd May 1952) is an actress, who has acted in over 300 films in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati cinema, mostly playing supporting and character roles. She has danced in the songs “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” from the film Jyoti (1981); “Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani”, “Dilbar Dilse Pyare”, and “Ab Jo Mile Hai” from the film Caravan (1971); and “Main Shayar To Nahi” from the film Bobby (1973). Her performances won her nomination at Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Role. She holds the record for winning the maximum nominations (10) in this category and received the award twice for her roles in Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1985) and Beta (1993). In January 2012, she was honoured with Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Filmfare Awards.
Irani made her debut in the movie Ganga Jamuna (1961) at nine years old playing childhood Azra’s character. Then she acted in movie Anpadh (1962) as childhood Mala Sinha’s character. After doing several small roles in films like Jahanara (1964), Farz (1967), Upkar (1967) and Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969). She later acted with comedian Mehmood Ali in films like Aulad (1968), Humjoli (1970), Devi (1970) and Naya Zamana (1971).
In 1971, she starred in Caravan. She latered starred in Mehmood Ali’s Bombay To Goa (1972), Garam Masala (1972), and Do Phool (1973). Her films have included Farz (1967), Bobby (1973), Fakira (1976), Sargam (1979), Red Rose (1980), Love Story (1981), and Rocky (1981).
She won her first Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984).
In the late 1980s and 1990s Irani switched to playing motherly roles, notably in Beta (1992) for which she won her second Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She acted in the Kannada remake of the same film and the same role. Some of her Marathi films are Aandhla Marto Dola, Bhingari, Changu Mangu, Lapwa Chapvi, Ek Gadi Baki Anadi and Bol Baby Bol.
In her later career, Irani also switched to television performing character roles in various serials. She also took up to direction and production of tele-serials like Mehndi Tere Naam Ki, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, Rabba Ishq Na Hove,Vaidehi and more.
On 19 February 2012, she was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the annual Filmfare awards function in Mumbai.