Kushboo at the 60th Filmfare Awards South
September 29, 1970
|Years active||1989 - present|
Khushboo Sundar (born on 29 September 1970 as Nakhat Khan), better known as Kushboo is an Indian actress, politician television hostess and producer. She was awarded the Kerala State Film Award in 2006
Khushboo was born in Andheri (West), Mumbai. She had her primary education in Swami Muktananda High School located in Andheri area. She has three brothers. She is married to director Sundar C. Kushboo speaks Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi,and English fluently.
Khushboo started her career in the early 1980s as a child artist. Her first movie appearance was in The Burning Train 1980 in the song "Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman" followed by Thodisi Bewafaii (1980) in both films she had an uncredited roles. She had her first credited role in the 1981 film Laawaris, and Dard ka Rishta (1982). Sunil Dutt gave her large share screen appearance in Dard Ka Rishta. Between 1981-1985 as a child artist she did Aapas Ki Baat,Bemisal, Jaanoo, Patton Ki Bazi and Tan-Badan. Since then, she has acted in over 100 movies, some opposite leading actors such as Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Vishnuvardhan, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Ravichandran, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Sathyaraj, and Prabhu. She played the role of the sister of Anil Kapoor in the 1985 hit Meri Jung, and danced with Javed Jaffrey in his first dancing role on screen in the superhit song "Bol Baby Bol, Mere Sang Dol".She went to become the No1 South Indian leading actress during her period.Her career as Hindi film heroine was a disaster as both Deewana Mujhsa Nahi and Prem Daan were flops.
- Kushboo was introduced to South India through the Telugu movie Kaliyuga Pandavulu opposite Venkatesh, under the direction of K Raghavendra Rao.
- She is known for her TV show Jackpot and her serials Kalki, Janani and Kungumam.
- Apart from Tamil movies, she has also acted in various movies in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam.
- In Kannada, She has acted in many movies with Ravichandran notably Ranadheera (1987), Anjada Gandu, Shanthi Kranthi and Yugapurusha.
Khusboo made an announcement in April 2010 that she would be entering politics soon before the 2011 assembly elections and later joined the DMK, by signing her membership form at the party headquarters in Chennai.
- Sondhame Endrallum
- Namma Kudumbam
- Paartha Gnabagam Illayo - in Kalaignar TV 2012
She has anchored shows
- Poova Thalaiya
She has also been a judge in reality shows
Khushboo married actor-director Sundar C. They have two daughters, Avanthika and Ananditha, after whom they have named their production house. She has been living in Chennai for the past twenty years. She has three brothers who live in Chennai. She is one of the most popular and friendly stars. Kushboo learned classical dance from her co-star and friend, actress Sukanya, a student of Chennai Kalakshetra. Kushboo also mentioned in an interview to Vijay TV that Sukanya used to help with her hairstyles and dialogues for K. Balachander's TV serials. One of her brothers, Abdullah, is expected to make his debut in the movie industry, playing the lead role in the movie Netru pol inru illai. She is a self-confessed atheist. In an interview to the Times of India she had mentioned that "I am an atheist, the reasons for which can be traced to my upbringing. Born in a Muslim family, I have always been a silent spectator of religious clashes and discriminations.I have seen people fighting and killing each other in the name of religion. This, perhaps, has made me forgo religion."
In 2005, there was a well-publicized controversy about her remarks in an interview for AIDS awareness, about the need for protected sex. She said it was fine for girls to have pre-marital sex but not without taking precautions to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Later, she added that no educated man should expect his wife or girlfriend to be a virgin. Two political parties lashed out at her because of her remarks: The Dalit Panthers of India and The Pattali Makkal Katchi. She was ordered to court and her counsel offered to withdraw the previously issued anticipatory bail petition. The judge acceded and dismissed the petition as withdrawn. The Supreme Court dismissed all cases registered against the south Indian film actress and activist for her alleged remarks on pre-marital sex.
In January 2006, Maxim magazine's inaugural issue featured a page called "Women you will never see in Maxim - 100% fake". Among the photos was a full-page morphed photograph showing Kushboo "posing" in black underwear, along with the caption "Of course, I am a virgin if you don't count from the behind." The caption was in reference to the earlier controversy in 2005 after Kushboo had said that no educated male should expect his bride to be a virgin. The actress described the photo as "immodest", even though only her head is shown in the shot. Khushboo filed a petition with Chennai police commissioner R. Nataraj on 30 January 2006, citing two complaints: defamation and the indecent representation of women. Nataraj ordered copies of Maxim in Chennai be seized. Maxim's lawyer, K.S. Natarajan, alleged that the police had added eve-teasing, a non-bailable offence, to the list of charges. Then Editor-in-Chief of Maxim, Sunil Mehra, apologized, saying, "We are deeply apologetic for causing any inadvertent hurt and offence to Khushboo. We are in the business of respecting and celebrating rather than denigrating women. It's an unfortunate episode and I hope it will be resolved amicably." Kushboo refused to accept the apology and on February 15 sent legal notices to the editor and publisher of the magazine, seeking a compensation of 3 crore "within three weeks." She stated that if the magazine failed to respond within the stipulated period, then she would sue the magazine for defamation. Tamil Nadu Police registered a case under the provisions of the Indecent Representation of Woman Act against Mehra for publishing the photographs. A Trial court issued summons to Mehra, which he challenged and also sought the quashing of the complaint by filing a petition under section 482 CrPC in the Madras High Court. On 17 April 2006, the Madras High Court declined to grant anticipatory bail to Mehra. The Supreme Court dismissed the anticipatory bail petition on 22 May 2006.
On 22 August 2006, the Central Crime Branch filed a chargesheet against the five accused in Kushboo v. Maxim magazine before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Egmore. The five accused were Editor-in-Chief Sunil Mehra, art director Anjan Das, publisher and printer Xavier Collaco, deputy general manager Circulation Deepak Bhatt and regional circulation manager Fazal Hussain Khan. The case was filed under section 292 A and 3,4,5 of thr Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 and Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act. Deepak Bhatt and Fazal Hussian Khan were granted anticipatory bail by the Madras High Court, while Anjan Das and Xavier Collaco, along with Sunil Mehra, had their bail dismissed by the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court. On 5 December 2007, the Madras High Court stayed criminal proceedings against Maxim, based on a plea filed by one of the respondents seeking to squash the case.
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- Southern siren Namitha has a temple NDTV - 10 July 2008
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