Roohi Bano was born in Karachi on 10 August 1951. She was the daughter of Allah Rakha, a noted Tabla player of India and half-sister of Indian music virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain. Roohi joined television when she was doing her Masters in Psychology from the Government College, Lahore. It is said that Roohi Bano witnessed the birth of the television industry in Pakistan. Roohi acted memorably in Kiran Kahani (1972), Zard Gulab, Darwaza and many other famous TV dramas (nearly a total of 150 TV dramas) in the decade of 1970s and 1980s. She was conferred the Pride of Performance award by the President of Pakistan in 1981. After the tragic death of her son Ali in 2005, she became a recluse and was even treated for mental illness, which was both shocking and heartbreaking, considering she was one of the most recognizable faces in the country when she was in her prime.