Khushbu Sundar

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Khushbu Sundar
Kushboo BH (cropped).jpg
Kushboo at the 60th Filmfare Awards South ceremony
Nakhat Khan[1]

(1970-09-29) 29 September 1970 (age 49)[2]
  • Actress
  • film producer
  • politician
  • television presenter
Years active1980 – present
Political partyIndian National Congress
m. 2000)

Khushbu Sundar is an Indian film actress, producer and television presenter who has acted in more than 200 movies. She is predominantly known for her work in the South Indian film industry.[1] She has received two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Actress and one Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention.

Film career[edit]

Child artist[edit]

Khushbu started her career as a child artist in the Hindi film The Burning Train (1980) in the song "Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman". Between 1980–1985 she performed as a child actor in the Hindi films Naseeb, Laawaris, Kaalia,[3] Dard Ka Rishta, Bemisal.

Her Pari/Fairy song "Main Pariyon Ki Shehzaadi" from Dard Ka Rishta, a 1982 Hindi movie, was very successful and is still a highly popular song at annual Day School performances, children's parties and Pari/Fairy themed parties in India.[4]


Khushbu, in the film Meri Jung (1985), danced with Javed Jaffrey in his first dancing role on screen in the super-hit song "Bol Baby Bol, Rock'n Roll".

Khushbu played her first main lead in Jaanoo (1985), opposite Jackie Shroff. She also starred in Tan-Badan (1986), opposite Govinda, which was the first lead role for Govinda.

Khushbu played a significant supporting role in Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin (1990), which also starred Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Her solo dance number "Sare Ladkon Ki Kar Do Shaadi" had become a major hit, and is still popular at "Ladies Sangeet" and marriage functions across North India. After that, she has mostly been working in South Indian film industries.

South Indian movies[edit]

Khushbu was introduced to South Indian screens through the Telugu film Kaliyuga Pandavulu (1986), opposite Venkatesh. She then moved her base to Chennai and started focusing on Tamil and other South Indian film industries. She has acted in more than 150 films after moving to the South.[5]

She has appeared opposite actors such as Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijayakanth, Sarath kumar, Chiranjeevi, Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Tiger Prabhakar, Ravichandran, Suresh Gopi, Sathyaraj and Prabhu.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Khushbu was born on 29 September 1970 into a Muslim family in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.[2][1][6] She married film actor, director and producer Sundar C in 2000. They have two daughters, Avantika and Anandita,[4] after whom they named their production house, Avni Cinemax. She has been living in Chennai for more than 34 years. Khushbu considers herself to be an atheist.[7][8]


Temple built for Khushbu[edit]

During her peak, Khushbu was the leading actress of Tamil cinema. She became the first ever Indian actress for whom her fans built a dedicated temple.[9][10] The temple was later demolished in 2005.[3]

Involvement with Australian Football[edit]

Khushbu and sprinter Usain Bolt are honorary members of Richmond Football Club, based in Melbourne, Australia.[11] Khushbu was made the number-one ticket holder of Richmond Football Club in 2016, and was the number-one female ticket holder in 2017. She is the first Indian celebrity, and the only Indian female to be bestowed with such an honour in the AFL.[12][13]

Khushbu was introduced to Australian Rules Football by former Ministerial Adviser Nitin Gupta. She had agreed to help promote AFL Football in India after taking a guided tour of the Richmond Football Club.[14][15] This offer was a goodwill gesture to further strengthen Australia–India relations.[16]

Food dishes, products named after Khushbu[edit]

During her peak in Tamil cinema, many dishes in Tamil Nadu were named after Khushbu. Kushboo Idli, a rice cake, was the most popular food item named after the actress.[17] Kushboo Jhumki, Kushboo Sarees, Kushboo Sharbet, Kushboo Coffee, Kushboo Cocktails and various other food items were named after her. Many items still retain those names.[18]

Offer to promote Little Indias in Melbourne[edit]

Khushbu has offered to help in the promotion of Little India cultural precincts in Melbourne, Australia by becoming its Brand Ambassador.[19]

Social and political issues[edit]

Support for jallikattu[edit]

Khushbu has been a very vocal supporter of the bull-riding sport jallikattu, and has voiced her opinion at various national and international platforms.[20] She visited a cattle station in Warnambool, Australia to get a better understanding of how cattle is treated and raised on farms outside India.

AIDS awareness[edit]

In 2005, she said in an interview that if girls were to have pre-marital sex, they must safe guard themselves and take precautions to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. As a result, 22 complaints that she was "defaming Tamil womanhood and chastity" were brought against her, but in 2010 the Supreme Court dismissed all cases.[21][22]

Indian National Congress[edit]

Khushbu joined the Indian National Congress on 26 November 2014 after meeting with then Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, and then Vice-President Mr. Rahul Gandhi. She is currently the National Spokesperson of the INC.[23]

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam[edit]

Khushbu joined the DMK on 14 May 2010. She was welcomed by DMK Leader Karunanidhi at the party headquarters in Chennai.[24][25] Khushbu quit DMK on 16 June 2014.[26]

Slapping a person for misbehaving at a political rally[edit]

In the lead up to Indian elections 2019, Khushbu slapped a person who allegedly groped her twice during a political event in Bengaluru.[27][28] She was praised online by women who supported her for taking a stand against sexual assault.[29][30]

Accusations against IFFM, Melbourne[edit]

In Aug 2017, Khushbu accused Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the tender provider and director of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) of discriminating against non-Hindi films and film stars.[31]

Khushbu has been very vocal about getting more recognition for South Indian cinema, and the non-Hindi cinema from India on global platforms and film festivals. She has always maintained that Indian cinema is not just about Bollywood movies.

Maxim morphed photo case[edit]

In January 2006, in their first Indian edition,[32]Maxim magazine featured a full-page composite photograph with her head pasted onto the body of a model wearing a two piece bikini. Khushbu filed two complaints: defamation and the indecent representation of women against the editor and 4 others involved with the magazine.[33][34][35]The proceedings were later stayed by the Madras High Court in December 2007 based on a plea filed by one of those charged.[36]



She is known for the TV game show Jackpot[37] and the serials Kalki, Janani Kungumam, Nandini and Lakshmi Stores.[38] Khushbu has also appeared as a judge on the reality shows, Maanada Mayilada, Azhagiya Thamizh Maghan and Junior Super Stars.


Year Title Role Channel
1995 Chinna Chinna Aasai - Uravu also director Sun TV
2002 Marumagal Vijay TV
2003 Kumkumam Charu Sun TV
2004–2006 Kalki Kalki Jaya TV
2008–2009 Namma Kudumbam Radha Kalaignar TV
2009 Rudra Rudra Zee Tamil
2012–2014 Paartha Gnabagam Illayo Oviya Kalaignar TV
2015 Pasamalar Khushbu (guest role) Sun TV
2017–2018 Nandini Parvathi/Durga Amman Sun TV
Udaya TV
Gemini TV
Surya TV
2018–2020 Lakshmi Stores Mahalakshmi Sun TV
Gemini TV
Surya TV
2019 Nandini 2 Parvathi(Cameo) Udaya TV

As producer[edit]

Year Title Channel Language
Sondhame Endrallum Sun TV Tamil
2002 Marumagal Vijay TV
2003 Kumkumam Sun TV
2004–2006 Kalki Jaya TV
2008–2009 Namma Kudumbam Kalaignar TV
2009 Rudra Zee Tamil
2012–2014 Paartha Gnabagam Illayo Kalaignar TV
2017–2018 Nandini Sun TV
Udaya TV
Gemini TV
Surya TV
Kannada (re-shot)
Telugu (dubbed)
Malayalam (dubbed)
2018 Maya Sun TV
Udaya TV
Gemini TV
Surya TV
Kannada (re-shot)
Telugu (dubbed)
Malayalam (dubbed)
2018–2020 Lakshmi Stores Sun TV
Gemini TV
Surya TV
Tamil(Original Version)
Telugu (Reshoot Version)
Malayalam (Dubbed)

Other work[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2001–2002 Koteeswari Anchor Jaya TV
2002–2010 Jackpot
2007-2010 Maanada Mayilada season 3-5 Judge Kalaignar TV
2010 Poova Thalaiya Anchor
Jodi Number One: Season 5 Judge Vijay TV
Azhagiya Tamil Magan
2012-2013 Maanada Mayilada season 7-8 Kalaignar TV
2013 Get Ready Anchor E TV Telugu Show
Acham Thavir Thanthi TV
2014 Namma Veetu Mahalakshmi Zee Tamil
Ninaithale Inikkum Vendhar TV
2015–2016 Simply Khushbu Zee Tamil sequel to Ninaithale Inikkum
2016 Junior Super Star Judge
2016–2017 Nijangal Anchor Sun TV
2019 Comedy Stars season 2 Judge Asianet Malayalam show[39]


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