Honey Irani was born into a Zoroastrian family on January 17, 1950. She was married to Javed Akhtar. Although the marriage ended in divorce, it produced two children, son Farhan Akhtar and daughter Zoya Akhtar. Both her children are critically acclaimed Indian filmmakers. She is the maternal aunt of choreographer/director Farah Khan and director/host Sajid Khan. Her sister Daisy Irani was a famous child artist of the 50's and 60's.
Honey Irani began her Bollywood career as a child actress with roles in films like Chirag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan and Bombay Ka Chor. She has acted in over 72 films. Later, she became a successful scriptwriter.