Daisy Irani (actress)

Daisy Irani (born 1950) is an Indian actress in Hindi and Telugu language films. She was a popular child actor in the 1950s and 1960s. She is most known for films such as Bandish (1955), Ek Hi Raasta (1956), Naya Daur (1957), Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke (1957), Jailor (1958), Qaidi No 911 (1959) and Do Ustad (1959). As a supporting actress, she acted in Kati Patang in 1971.

Daisy Irani
Irani at the 2012 audio release of Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
Born1950 (age 68ā€“69)
Spouse(s)K. K. Shukla (1971ā€“?; his death)
RelativesHoney Irani (sister)

Background and personal life

Irani was born into a Zoroastrian family and her mother-tongue is Gujarati. She is the eldest of three sisters, the other two being Honey Irani and Menaka Irani. Her younger sister Honey, who was also a child-star, went on to marry script-writer Javed Akhtar and is the mother of Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. Irani's other sister, Menaka, is married to the stunt film-maker Kamran Khan[1] and is the mother of film-makers Sajid Khan and Farah Khan.

Daisy married screenwriter K. K. Shukla (a Hindu Brahmin) on 21 January 1971 at age 21. Her career as a child-star being at an end, she made no effort to pursue a career in films as an adult, but devoted herself to her husband and family. She has three children, a son named Kabir and two daughters, Varsha and Ritu. None of her children is involved with the entertainment industry in any capacity.

Although born a Zoroastrian and married to a Hindu, Daisy grew interested in Christianity later in life. In 1975, she became a member of New Life Fellowship in Mumbai.[2]

In 2018, Daisy revealed that she had been raped at the age of 6 by her "guardian" during the making of Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke (1957).[3]


During the Golden Age (1950sā€“70s) of Hindi cinema, some child stars had great visibility. The Irani sisters, Daisy and Honey, who generally played boys with curly hair, became household names.[4] The films that had both of them fetched the biggest openings. Stories were re-written to include them in the cast or increase their footage, and they were prominently publicized in the promos of their movies. Their most-remembered movies, together or separate, include Bandish, Jagte Raho, Bhai Bhai, Naya Daur, Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke, Musafir, Sahara, Quedi No. 9211, Duniya Na Mane, Do Ustad, Dhool Ka Phool, Soorat Aur Seerat and Chandi Ki Diwar. Daisy, who was more popular than her younger sister as a child artiste, continued to act after growing up, though not in any significant roles.

She quit films after her marriage in 1971, with her last release being Kati Patang in 1971. In the 1980s, she worked in theatre for a while and started an acting school. After the death of her husband in the early 1990s, she returned to acting in the comedy TV series Dekh Bhai Dekh and films such as Aastha (1997), Kya Kehna and Shararat (2002).[5]

She appeared in nephew Sajid Khan's 2010 Housefull and thereafter in niece Farah Khan's acting debut film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012), directed by Bela Sehgal.[6]



  1. "'I told Shah Rukh." The Telegraph. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. "I knew nothing about Jesus Christ earlier: Daisy Irani Shukla". The Christian Messenger. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  3. "Actress Daisy Irani Reveals She Was Raped At 6 By Man Appointed As Her 'Guardian'". NDTV.com.
  4. Rana A. Siddiqui (22 May 2003). "Honey Irani... happy and sweet". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. "Lost and found: Thirty newsmakers from the pages of Indian history and where they are now: Cover Story". India Today. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. "I had five bottles of beer: Daisy Irani ā€“ Hindustan Times". 28 June 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  • Daisy Irani on IMDb
  • P. V. Ariel, Christian in India magazine from the Times Group: Version 3, 13 September 2009:
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