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Actor, Producer

Nirmala (m. 1941–1996)

Film actor

Arun Ahuja

Years active

Arun Kumar Ahuja

Full Name
Arun Kumar Ahuja

January 17, 1917
Gujranwala, Punjab, British India

July 3, 1998, Mahim, Mumbai

Govinda, Kirti Kumar, Kaamini Khanna

Savera, Ek Hi Raasta, Samaj Ko Badal Dalo, Chalis Karod

Ragini Khanna, Tina Ahuja, Janmendra Ahuja, Yashvardan Ahuja

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Mehboob Khan, Govinda, Anil Biswas, Nirmala, Tina Ahuja

Film actor Govinda sings devotional song

Arun Kumar Ahuja (January 17, 1917 – July 3, 1998) was an Indian film actor and producer who was active in the Bollywood film industry in the 1940s and early 1950s. He was best known for acting in Mehboob Khan's 1940 film Aurat which was a predecessor of the Oscar nominated 1957 remake Mother India.


Young Govinda sings his favourite song "Main Toh Raaste Se Jaa Raha Tha"


Ahuja was brought into films by director Mehboob Khan who cast him in the leading role in Ek Hi Raasta in 1939. In 1940, he acted in Mehboob Khan's Aurat opposite Sardar Akhtar, an earlier version of the more famous Mother India (1957). He acted in several films throughout the 1940s including Savera where he appeared opposite his future wife Nirmala Devi. He made his last film appearance in Aulad (1954) after which he produced a film which was a flop. The losses suffered from his home production's failure resulted in him shifting his entire family from his bungalow in Mumbai to Virar. He lived a reclusive life from the mid 1950s through to his death in 1998 at the age of 81 of a heart attack.

Personal life

Ahuja was born in pre-partition Gujranwala, Punjab, India in 1917. He married singer and actress Nirmala Devi in 1942 after they were cast opposite each other in the film Savera. They were married until Nirmala's death in 1996. Together they had four daughters and two sons. His youngest son is actor Govinda and his other son Kirti Kumar is a former actor and director. He is grandfather of actors Vinay Anand, Krishna Abhishek, Ragini Khanna, Aarti Singh, Soumya Seth and Tina Ahuja.


  • Ek Hi Raasta (1939)
  • Aurat (1940)
  • Bombay Ki Sair (1941)
  • Beti (1942)
  • Savera (1942)
  • Return of Toofan Mail (1942)
  • Shankar Parvati (1943)
  • Amrapali (1945)
  • Chalis Karod (1946)
  • Samaj Ko Badal Do (1947)
  • Mera Suhaag (1948)
  • Usha Haran (1949)
  • Aulad (1954)
  • References

    Arun Kumar Ahuja Wikipedia