Leena Chandavarkar is an Indian actress and also the wife of the late legendary singer Kishore Kumar. Born in the Karwar region of Karnataka to a Marathi speaking family, she attended Bassel Mission High School and at the age of 15, participated and finished as a runner up in a “Filmfare Fresh Face” competition, which boosted her dreams of entering the Bollywood industry. Her initial work involved advertisements and modeling projects, where actor Sunil Dutt noticed Leena and offered her the chance to star alongside his brother Som Dutt in the 1968 movie “Man Ka Meet” which also featured Vinod Khanna. Nargis, Dutt’s wife, helped Leena to improvise her Hindi and also prepped her on ways to belong in the acting industry.

Coming from a conservative family, Leena refused to take up projects which required her to brandish herself in skimpy clothes and also was against off screen photo shoots. Right from the year 1969, she also went on to appear in movies such as Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Hamjoli, Mehboob Ki Mehendi and Dil Ka Raja among many others. She appeared in Dileep Kumar’s Bairaag, which also featured Saira Bano, Helen and Prem Chopra. Her first husband Siddharth Bandodkar, who was also the son of Goa’s first chief minister, passed away in an accidental gunshot wound, which left Leena widowed at the young age of 25.

After a few years, she tied the knot with the legendary Kishore Kumar, a marriage which faced the hesitation of her father because Kumar was 20 years older than her and previously was married thrice before. Later on, the father daughter duo amicably solved their differences, and as time passed, the couple bore a son, Sumeet Kumar. Sadly she was widowed for a second time at the age of 37 when Kishorda passed away. In 2007, she appeared as a guest judge on the reality singing show “K for Kishore”, on Sony Television.

Lara Dutta Hindi Actress

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta is an Indian actress, model, movie producer and a former beauty pageant, winning Miss Intercontinental in 1997 and the Miss Universe title in 2000. Noted DJ and music composer, Nitin Sawhneyi, is one of her cousins. She was born in Ghaziabad, UP, India, on 16 April 1978. Her father is Punjabi, L K Dutta, a retired Indian Air Force Wing Commander, and her mother is an Anglo Indian, Mrs. Jennifer Dutta, who is Half Scottish. Lara’s elder sister Sabrina is with the Indian Air Force. She has another elder sister by the name Cheryl. Her recent works include playing a role in ‘Abhi Nahi Toh Kabhi Nahi’, which is a movie produced by Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi, a former Tennis player of India. She has also been signed for the movie, ‘Singh Is Bling’ directed by Prabhu Deva, which is set to release on October 2nd, 2015. She has reportedly signed for the movie, ‘No Entry Mein Entry’, which is actually the sequel to the 2005 movie, ‘No Entry’. Lara’s high school education was at St. Francis Xavier Girls High School, Frazer Town, Bangalore. At Frank Anthony Public School, in the same Bangalore City, she did her two years of Junior college. Then she moved to Mumbai where she has studied at the University of Mumbai. Her major was economics and minor was communication, and she became an economy graduate from the same university. Dutta is Multi lingual and can speak Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada, English and French. She is certainly the ‘Beauty with Brain -Women kind’. She had won the Miss Universe title in 2000 with the highest individual score possible, and the best since the inception of the Miss Universe Competition. In 2011, she became the Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is a UN organization. The movie ‘Andaaz’ was Lara’s debut adventure at Bollywood in the year 2003. The movie became a box office success of immense propositions, and gave her a ‘Filmfare Best Female Debut Award’ as well as a ‘Screen Best Female Debut Award’. Dutta is well-known for her comedy roles in Bollywood. At the box office collections after that, her next films did not fare well. But with ‘Masti’, she had breached that image, which went onto become a successful comedy film with mostly positive reviews from the critics. Lara had her range of highs and lows in her Bollywood movies’ box office successes after ‘Masti’. In 2010, the Akshay Kumar plus Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Housefull’ was released. Riteish Deshmukh and Jiah Khan who has committed suicide later were also in the movie. Lara has acted in the movie as ‘Hetal - the daughter of Batuk’. The movie became the fifth biggest hit in the country at the time and the collections have reached an all-time high of 14 Billion Rupees, which in US Dollars would be approximately, 18 Millions. In 2011, she has produced the movie ‘Chalo Dilli’. This movie was a moderate success, hailed by the media. Her role and her acting in the movie was one of excellence and were well praised by movie critics. She has appeared in the sequel to the movie, ‘Don’, the ‘Don 2’, and also has done an item number in it, which was a great success. Kelly Dorji was the person with whom Lara Dutta had a long-term relationship of 9-years. Mahesh Bhupathi, the Ace Tennis player of India, met her later and she got engaged to him in September of 2010. On 16th of February 2011 at Bandra, the couple got married and 4 days later on 20th of that month rituals were arranged to solemnize the marriage formally and this was arranged at Goa. They together have a daughter, who was born in January of that next year, and she is by the name Saira. Lara Dutta is so much into pre natal yoga and she herself presents a series of yoga instruction videos on YouTube.

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Lillete Dubey (Lalitha Dubey)

Lillete Dubey is an Indian theater personality who has also featured in various Bollywood and British films. She was born in Pune to Govind and Leela Kiswani. Her father named her Lillete as a faux-French derivation of her mother’s name Leela, and she never had an affinity for her name during her childhood. She attended a Parsi boarding school, “Rustoms” and also went on to change various schools due to her engineer-fathers regional postings. During her class IX, she took part in a play and portrayed the character of Cecily in “Importance of Being Earnest”. Her dad initially was persistent on her taking up Science as her educational stream but had to give into her request of joining theater which she pursued by the way of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi. She would also meet her future husband, Ravi Dubey, during a student interaction program of Shakespeare Society of St.Stephen’s College. Lillete’s TV career would take off with a soap opera in 1997 titled “Kabhie Kabhie". She also made a brief appearance in “Mumbai Calling”, in 2009. Lillete has also featured in various successful movies such as Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, Zubeda, Gadar, Om Jai Jagdish, and, the 2015 release, Desi Magic. She has also starred in British films such as “The Best Marigold Hotel” and its sequel “The Second Best Marigold Hotel” co-starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Dubey is also an acclaimed theater artist and director who is an integral part of theater action group in Delhi. She received immense praise for her noteworthy direction of Mahesh Dattani’s “Dance like a Man” which amassed 497 shows across the globe. She has two daughters namely Neha and Ira, with her husband, Ravi Dubey. Another Version... India’s most esteemed theater and screen actress Lilette Dubey is a force to be reckoned with, no matter what age. Sindhi by birth, her father, Govind  Kiswani, was an engineer who worked with Indian Railways and her mother, Leela, was a doctor.  Mr.Kishwani came up with an unusual yet intriguing name "Lillete" which is a French derivation of her mother's name, Leela, implying "little Leela”. Dubey tied the knot with Ravi Dubey, who is the senior vice president of corporate communications at Tata Group. Lilette is a mother of two daughters, Neha, and Ira; both of them have essayed a variety of supporting roles in silver screen as well as in television.  Lilette, an acclaimed theater director, was part of the Theatre Action Group at  Delhi. Her claim to fame was through some of the very notable films such as Bow Barracks Forever, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Baghban and the most recent one- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the surprise 2012 box office hit comedy drama. In an interview, Lilette re-quoted lines from her film  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - "Everything will turn out all right at the end and if it’s not all right then it’s not the end" - which speaks volumes of her optimistic perspective towards life. Talking about her wishes, Lillette said that she aspired to work on a feature film in English, pen a novel, create a music album, etc. And she wants to show her best in everything. She also added that she wanted to end her career on stage.  Well, we are also very sure that we will get to see a lot of you- Mrs. ”Little Leela!”

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Lillete Dubey (Lalitha Dubey) Hindi Actress