Aruna Irani Opens Up About Her Bond With Mumtaz, Reveals 'She Used To Give Me Her Old Clothes'

In an interview, Aruna Irani walked down memory lane and talked about the bond she shares with her 'Patthar Ke Sanam' co-star, Mumtaz.


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Aruna Irani Opens Up About Her Bond With Mumtaz, Reveals 'She Used To Give Me Her Old Clothes'

Veteran actress, Aruna Irani has worked in more than 500 films in her career spanning over more than six decades. Over the years, she has not only bagged eminent awards but also etched a special place in the hearts of her millions of fans. She recently talked about her close bond with yesteryear actress, Mumtaz, who is also known for her impeccable beauty and acting skills. Both actresses are renowned for their graceful dance moves, exquisite sense of fashion, and much more.

Aruna Irani talks about her friendship with Mumtaz

In an interview with Zoom, Aruna Irani walked down memory lane and talked about her close bond with Mumtaz. For the unversed, the duo worked together in films, including Talaa, Patthar Ke Sanam, and Bandhan. While working, they formed a beautiful friendship and eventually grew extremely close. Their bond was strengthened to such a level that Aruna used to affectionately call Mumtaz ‘Mumu’. Moreover, in the conversation, Aruna recalled how she used to wear her friend-cum-actor’s old clothes. Aruna disclosed:

“I had a very close bond with Mumtaz. She used to give me her old clothes. She would bring her old clothes from home and tell me, ‘Tu yeh lekar jaana.’ I used to alter the hand-me-downs as per my size and wear them. She was very good!”

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Mumtaz revealed she never discriminated between actors with whom she worked

Earlier, in an interview with Dawn News, Mumtaz had talked about how she never discriminated between any actor or refused to work with anyone. Revealing the reason for the same, the veteran actress quipped that she faced such discrimination herself. Thus, she knows the same pain, and she doesn't like treating someone like that. In her words:

“I used to think of my time when nobody wanted to work with me and nobody accepted me. So when god made me something then it’s not right for me to do the same thing that I faced to other people. So, I used to think that if I have the ability, I will work with everyone and if the actor is not good, they won’t get work in the future.”


Mumtaz recalled that she was labelled as a B-grade actor until she worked with Dilip Kumar

In the same interview, Mumtaz opened up about being labelled a B-grade actress in Hindi cinema. She revealed that she got such a tag because she did a lot of small roles. However, Mumtaz remarked that she trusted the almighty and her good deeds, so that things would definitely come into her favour in some time. She then revealed that after working with Dilip Kumar, she was freed of the tag.

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Mumtaz talked about the kind of bonds she had with yesteryear actresses

In another interview with the Dawn News, she talked about her relationship with other eminent actresses. She shared that during her initial years in the film business, actresses like Waheeda Rehman and Vyjayanthimala were ruling the Hindi film industry. Thus, Mumtaz mentioned that the older actresses used to keep a distance from the young stars at that time. Thus, she revealed that although Waheeda Rehman was a down-to-earth actress, but Vyjayanthimala and a few others didn't talk to her. She added:

“Vo logg toh bohot bade the aur hum toh chote the, they didn’t like mingling with us. There were a few exceptions like Waheeda (Rehman) ji. She used to be very down to earth. Vyjayanthimala also belonged to the same era, but she didn’t talk to me.”

What do you think about Mumtaz and Aruna’s friendship based on the latter's revelations? Let us know!

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