Arun Bali was born on Wednesday, 23 December 1942 (Age 79 years; at the time of death) in Delhi. His zodiac sign was Capricorn. He received training in acting from the National School of Drama in Delhi.
Height (Approx.): 6′ 1″
Hair Color: grey
Eye Colour: brown
He belonged to a Punjabi Muhiyal (Brahmin) family.
parents and siblings
When Arun was in 5th class, his father passed away. Arun Bali had 5 brothers and one sister.
wife and kids
Arun Bali is survived by his wife Prakash Bali, four daughters named Deepti, Pragati Bali Jayarath, Stuti Bali Sachdeva and Itishree Bali and four sons named Ankush Bali, Himanshu, Sudhir and Tarun.
Arun Bali used to work for Britannia Industries in his younger days. He worked as a salesman and traveled 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 Chanchal in the film 3 Idiots (2009).
He played the role of Darshan Singh Poonpuri in the 2014 film ‘Punjab 1984’ and the head priest of the 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 Banaya Gentleman (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994), Dand Nayak (1998), Shikari (2000), Aankhen (2002), Armaan (2003), and Given. Lal Singh Chadha (2022).
In 1991, he started his Punjabi career with the film Visakhi.
In 2008, he played the role of a grandfather named Gurdit Singh in the Punjabi film ‘Munde UK De’.
In 1989, she made her television debut with the Doordarshan TV series Doosra Keval, in which she shared the screen with Shah Rukh Khan.
Later, he appeared in several Hindi TV shows including Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand (2002), Kumkum (2002), Maayka (2007), Swabhiman (1995), and Woh Rahne Wali Mahalon Ki (2007).
Arun Bali published his book titled Main Ya Meri Tukbandiya in 2018.
In 2022, he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a rare chronic neuromuscular disease, and was admitted to Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai. Arun Bali, 79, passed away on 7 October 2022 at 4:30 am in Mumbai. In an interview, his son Ankush talked about his father’s chronic illness and his last days. They said,
My father left us. He was suffering from myasthenia gravis. His mood was swinging for two-three days. He told the caretaker that he wanted to go to the washroom and after coming out he told her that he wanted to sit and he never got up then.
Facts / Trivia
- Arun Bali led a simple life without any glamor and buzz.
- During an interview, Arun shared that when he was younger, he used to wear his best friend’s turban. He further said that he thought he looked great in it so he started wearing the turban.
- Arun Bali was a singer before making a career in acting. During a rehearsal of an opera, Arun’s brother, who was at the theatre, implored him to play a role that surprisingly also required singing.
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