Perin Jehangir Boga nee Framroze Cooper was born in 1942 to a Gujarati-English speaking family in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her grandfather was Ardeshir Cooper. Her parents were Framroz and Maneckbai Cooper.
Mrs. Boga was five years old at the time of Partition and living in Lahore at her parents’ home. “I don’t think we consciously knew what Partition was but I do have vivid memories of that time,” she says. Sharing her memories, she says that she witnessed the looting taking place on Waris Road. She also recounts hearing screams in the house next door and realizing that somebody had been killed but didn’t know who. While walking on Waris Road with her mother, Mrs. Boga saw a dead body lying on the road. “He was clad in white kameez and pajama. As a child, I somehow knew the person was dead but I didn’t want my mother to know that I know that so I just said, ‘Look at that man sleeping on the road.”
Mrs. Boga was enrolled at the Cathedral School on Hall Road after Partition. Towards the end of her schooling, Mrs. Boga became involved with a private theatre group in Lahore called Al Hamra, located at The Mall. Mrs. Boga’s first appearance as a main actor was in a play called ‘Do You Remember,’ written and directed by Salman Pirzada.
She worked at Kinnaird College Lahore, where she nurtured theatre, drama and dance over half a century. The college produced many prominent theatre and drama practitioners including Yasmin Tahir, Madiha Gauhar, Shamim Hilaly, Naveed Shehzad, Muneeza Hashmi. As an acknowledgment of her services, Kinnaird College named its amphitheatre after her.