Manik Irani Bollywood's forgotten villain, where is he now

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: January 14, 2022 01:57 PM2022-01-14T13:57:01+5:302022-01-14T13:57:01+5:30


Manik Irani is an Indian film actor, best known to play negative roles in Bollywood. He was a villain of the 1980s and 1990s.

This 6 feet fiction villain played the role of a henchman in various films, particularly in the later 1980s.His career in Bollywood was not short, but he was among those unfortunate actors who did not mark his presence much.

However, his work in movies like Mard(1985), Khoj(1989), Laparwah and Ram-Avatar(1988), were well noted. He was well known for his incredible physique. He was a Parsi Irani who spent a lot of his time building his body. Though he stayed in Bollywood for more than two decades, he hardly delivered any dialogues for movies.

He used to go to The National Health League Gymnasium, the result of which was pumping iron biceps . His rock hard body made many jealous. The first film he acted in was Paap Aur Punya which came out in 1974, after which he did Kaalicharan which released in 1976. In Kaalicharan he played the role of a hitman (Madan Puri’s son), since then he showed his popular body in all his films.

He was a constant face of most action movies of the 1980s. He either did some comic kung-fu steps or played the role of a kidnapper. He did the same sort of acting for more than a decade.

He featured in movies like Dear, Farish Tay, SAU Gandhi, Khalaf, faith, Mast Kalandar, Trinetra, Zimmer, Chor Pe Mor, Hum Se Na Takrana, Naaka Bandi, Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, Taqdeer Ka Tamasha, Roti Ki Keemat, Alaska, Purani Haveli, Aakhri Baazi, Toofan, Commando, Jeete Hai Shaan Se, Insaaf, Dadagiri, Dav Pech, Hisaab Khoon Kailaka, Khoj, Dana Paani, Himmat Aur Mehnat, Mera Shikar, Ram Avtar, Mard, Bepanah, Mera Saath, Ilzaam, etc. He also played the role of a dumb assassin in Mr. Natwarlal.

His death remains a topic of controversy and the date is not confirmed.

Rumours say that he died in a stunt or an accident, but contrary to this rumor some say he died because of excessive consumption of alcohol, and some say he committed suicide.