Arun Bali (1942-2022) was an Indian veteran actor, who is known for his roles in Bollywood films and Hindi TV shows. He died on 7 October 2022 in Mumbai due to a rare long-term neuromuscular disease.
Arun Bali was born on Wednesday, 23 December 1942 (age 79 years; at the time of death) in Delhi. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. He got training in acting from the National School of Drama in Delhi.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Hair Colour: Grey
Eye Colour: Brown
He belonged to a Punjabi Muhiyal (Brahmin) family.
Parents & Siblings
When Arun was in 5th standard, his father died. Arun Bali had 5 brothers and a sister.
Wife & Children
Arun Bali is survived by his wife, Prakash Bali, three daughters named Pragati Bali Jairath, Stuti Bali Sachdeva, and Itishri Bali, and a son named Ankkush Bali.
Arun Bali, in his young days, used to work for Britannia Industries. He worked as a salesperson and travelled to many places like Punjab, UP, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan to sell biscuits.
In 1991, he made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Saugandh.’ He played the role of Shyamaldas Chanchad in the film 3 Idiots.
He played the role of Darshan Singh Poonpuri in the 2014 film ‘Punjab 1984’ and the chief priest of Kedarnath Temple in the film ‘Kedarnath’ (2018). In 2012, he appeared in the film ‘Barfi’ as Jhilmil’s grandfather.
He appeared in several Bollywood films including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994), Dand Nayak (1998), Shikari (2000), Aankhen (2002), Arman (2003), and Laal Singh Chaddha (2022).
In 1991, he made his Punjabi debut with the film Visakhi.
In 2008, he played the role of a grandfather named Gurdit Singh in the Punjabi film ‘Munde U.K. De.’
In 1989, he made his Television debut with the Doordarshan TV series Doosra Kewal in which he shared the screen with Shah Rukh Khan.
Later, he appeared in many Hindi TV shows including Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand (2002), Kumkum (2002), Maayka (2007), Swabhimaan (1995), and Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki (2007).
In 2022, he got diagnosed with a rare long-term neuromuscular disease, Myasthenia Gravis, and was admitted to Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai. The 79-year-old Arun Bali died on 7 October 2022 in Mumbai at 4:30 am. The Times of India In an interview, his son, Ankkush, talked about the chronic illness of his father and his last days. He said,
My father left us. He was suffering from Myasthenia gravis. He had mood swings for two-three days. He told the caretaker he wanted to go to the washroom and after coming out he told him he wanted to sit down and he never got up then.”
- Food: Saag
- Actor(s): Jeetendra and Sridevi
- Arun Bali led a simple life without any glamour and buzz.
- During an interview, Arun shared that when he was young, he used to wear his best friend’s turban. He further added that he thought he looked really nice in it so he started wearing turbans.
- Before making a career in acting, Arun Bali was a singer. During the rehearsing of an opera, Arun’s brother, who was in theatre, pushed him to play a role that surprisingly required singing also.