Honey Irani Wiki, Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Honey Irani


Honey Irani is an Indian actress and filmmaker who is best known for being the ex-wife of the noted Indian poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar.


Honey Irani in her Childhood

Honey Irani in her Childhood

Honey Irani was born on 25 August 1955 (age 63 years; as in 2018 ), in the Mumbai. Her Zodiac/Sun Sign is Virgo

Physical Appearance

Height: 5′ 2″

Weight: 85 kg

Eye Color: Black

Hair Color: Grey

Family, Caste & Wife

She was born into a Zoroastrian family to Noshir Irani and Perin Irani. She is the youngest of her five siblings, namely, Menka, Bunny, Sarosh, and Daisy.

Irani Siblings

Irani Siblings

Honey married Javed Akhtar in the year 1972, which ended in the year 1985. The duo had 2 children Zoya Akhtar, born in 1972 and Farhan Akhtar, born in 1974; both of them are successful filmmakers.

Honey Irani With Javed Akhtar And their Two Children Zoya And Farhan

Honey Irani With Javed Akhtar And their Two Children Zoya And Farhan

Honey was also engaged to Raj Hans in 1993 and Raj Hans in 1993. Honey is the maternal aunt of the film-makers Sajid Khan and Farah Khan.

Akhtar Siblings and Cousins

Left To Right: Farah Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Sajid Khan

She also has grandaughters Shakya and Akira.

Farhan Akhtar With Ex-wife And Two Daughters Shakya and Akira

Farhan Akhtar With Ex-wife And Two Daughters Shakya and Akira


Honey Irani, began as a child actress in movies like “Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan” and “Bombay Ka Chor.”


Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan

She has acted in over 72 films. After her divorce from Javed Akhtar, she started her career as a screenwriter with Lamhe (1991) being her first movie. Her first directorial debut was with her ex-husband Javed Akhtar, in the movie Armaan (2003). Her blockbuster movies as a screenwriter include Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) series, Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, and many more. 


Filmfare Awards

  • Best Story for the film Lamhe in 1992
  • Best Story for the film Kya Kehna in 2001
  • Best Screenplay for the film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai in 2002

Favourite Things

  • Poet: Javed Akhtar
  • Film Genre: Romantic and Emotional


  • She has worked in numerous movie projects with Meena Kumari as a child actress. She says that Meena Kumari was like her another mother. She would clean her, dress her, feed her and sleep with her and play with her.

    Meena Kumari with Honey Irani

    Meena Kumari with Honey Irani

  • She met her ex-husband, poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar on the sets of Seeta Aur Geeta.
  • The story of how Javed proposed Honey is funny. It was sets of “Seeta Aur Geeta”  when everybody was playing cards. Honey said that she would pull a card for Javed Akhtar. Javed Akhtar replied humorously that if the card was good, he would marry her. The card turned out to be good and hence, the marriage was declared.
  • Honey’s mother initially didn’t approve of their wedding as Javed went in with a proposal to her mother like, “I do not earn, I drink, I smoke, I gamble.” Much of that was re-enacted later in the movie “Sholay (1975).”
  • When they got married, Javed was still a newbie in the Industry. They had no home to live. They were given a place to live in Irani’s older married sister Menaka’s home.
  • After the marriage, Honey became a devoted homemaker and spent her days nurturing her children. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce after Javed got involved with the actress Shabana Azmi.
  • After the divorce, Honey got a certain amount of money from Javed but that wasn’t enough. She started doing embroidery on Sarees, as a way of earning money to support her children.
  • At the same time, she started writing short stories and poems, but never shared them to anyone.
  • She has worked as an assistant director with the director Ramesh Talwar.
  • She showed one of the scripts to Pam Chopra, wife of Yash Chopra for TV series. The script was approved by Yash Chopra but was developed to a movie. The movie was “Aaina.” Aaina


  • She took her film “Aaina” first to National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), but the film got rejected.
  • After years of the breakup, Honey is still a good friend to Javed. She said that on Javed’s birthday they go to visit him. She also said, “Shabana and I greet each other. It’s cordial. There’s a lot of respect. That’s it. But it’s not as if we are Sahelis. Not at all.”

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