Lillete Dubey (Lalitha Dubey)

Other names of Lillete Dubey (Lalitha Dubey): Lilette 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 Ravi Dubey is an Indian Television and film actor >> Read More... , 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 Click to look into! >> Read More... . 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 She’s the long-time-running as “M” for James Bond >> Read More... and Maggie Smith We’re all convinced that she’s one of the greatest >> Read More... . 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.

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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!”

Leena Chandavarkar Hindi Actress

Leena Chandavarkar

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.


Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit is not just known as the also a smile-queen of Bollywood for her pleasant smile also a well-trained dancer whose dance performance in movies were appreciated a lot by critics.  This actress was born on May 15, 1967, in a Maharashtrian family to Shankar and Snehalata Dixit. She grew up as the youngest girl with three more siblings in her family. When she was a three or four years old, she could dance non-stop. Hence her parents trained her in Kathak dance for eight years. When she debuted in Bollywood films, she performed many dances that show her skill as the dancer. Her first film was Abodh, which did not fare well in box office, and she had to wait for three years to get a female lead in Tezaab. Her dance “Ek Do Teen” created a magic spell in the box office and the song was a chartbuster.  She was an actress who commanded more price than even Salman Khan and Amir Khan those days and considered the male superstar of Hindi cinema. After ‘Tezaab’, she appeared in films like Dil, Beta, Saajan, Khal Nayak, etc. her dance sequence ‘Choli Ke Peche’ or ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’  created nipples in the box-office, and that is how Madhuri left contemporary Sridevi far behind in the game of box office success. She also graced the screen with her role of courtesan role of Chandramukhi in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas and as a pop dancer in Yash Raj’s Dil To Pagal Hai. In both the films, she paired with Shahrukh Khan. For film ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’, she asked for more fees than even Salman Khan. Dixit is not only known for her acting skills, but for her dancing skills as well for which she won a title of ‘dancing queen’ in Bollywood. This actress quit films and got married to Shriram Madhav Nene, an  NRi surgeon in Denver. The couple had two children, Arin, and Rayman. Later in 2007, she made her comeback with the release of ‘Aaja Nachle’. Later on, she did a couple of films such as’ Dedh Ishqiya’ or’ Gulaab Gang’ and appeared as a judge and guest for dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Madhuri Dixit is always compared to actress Madhubala, and undoubtedly one smile of Madhuri on screen was enough to last a lifetime spell on screen.

Madhuri Dixit Hindi Actress