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Born Nakhat Khan
(1970-09-29) 29 September 1970 (age 45)
Andheri (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Nationality Indian
Other names Arhan
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Sundar C. (2000-present)
Children Avantika Sundar, Anandita Sundar

Nakhat Khan known by stage name Khushboo is an Indian film actress, producer, television hostess, and a politician. She is predominantly known for her works in South Indian film industry. She has received two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Actress.

Early life[edit]

Khushboo was born at Andheri (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra in a Punjabi Muslim family, her maternal grandparents are from Lahore, Western Punjab. She has three brothers. She had her primary education in Swami Muktananda High School located in Andheri area. She is a high school drop out, she couldn't study after eighth grade since she became busy with movies by then.[1] Kushboo speaks Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi,and English.


Khushboo started her career in the early 1980s as a child artist. Her first movie appearance was in Raja Nanna Raja a Kannada Movie in 1976 then appeared 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 Ananth Nag, Kamal Hassan, Dr. Vishnuvardhan, Rajnikanth, Dr. Ambareesh, Venkatesh, Tiger Prabhakar, Nagarjuna, Ravichandran, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, 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.she made her debut in Tamil movie Tharmathin Thalaivan.

  • 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 Malayalam.Hindi, Kannada, and Telugu
  • In Malayalam, She has acted in many movies with Mammotty, Mohanlal, Jayaram, Dileep notably Uncle Bun, Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka, Independence, Kaiyoppu (Kerala State Special Jury Award), also recently Mr. Marumakan.
  • In Kannada, She has acted in many movies with Ravichandran notably Ranadheera (1987), Anjada Gandu, Shanthi Kranthi and Yugapurusha.

Personal life[edit]

Kushboo had a live-in relationship with actor Prabhu for four-and-a-half years, and got married on September 12, 1993. The pair subsequently decided to split four months later. Later, she married actor/director Sundar C on 9 March 2000 [2] They have two daughters, Avanthika and Ananditha, after whom they named their production house. She has lived in Chennai for twenty years. She has three brothers who live in Chennai.

Kushboo learned classical dance. 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.[3] 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 discrimination."[4]


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. The judge acceded and dismissed the petition as withdrawn.[5] The Supreme Court dismissed all cases registered against Kushboo for her alleged remarks on pre-marital sex.[6]

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" nude, along with the caption "Of course, I am a virgin if you don't count from the behind." The caption was in reference to remarks made by Kushboo in 2005 whether or not modern men should expect their brides to be virgins.[7] The actress described the photo, which showed only her head, as "immodest". Khushboo filed a petition with Chennai police commissioner R. Nataraj on 30 January 2006, citing two complaints: defamation and the indecent representation of women. The Supreme Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea by the magazine's editor on 22 May 2006.[8][9]


Joins DMK[edit]

Khusboo made her 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.[10][11]

Quitting DMK[edit]

Kushboo quit DMK on 16 June 2014.[12]

Joins Congress[edit]

Khushboo joined Indian National Congress on 26 November 2014 after meeting with Congress President, Sonia Gandhi.[13]


Main article: Kushboo filmography


Year Title Role Channel
Sondhame Endrallum Sun TV
Marumagal Vijay TV
Janani Sun TV
Kumkumam Sun TV
2004–2006 Kalki Kalki Jaya TV
2008–2009 Namma Kudumbam Radha Kalaignar TV
2009–2009 Rudra Rudra Zee Tamil
2012–2014 Paartha Gnabagam Illayo Oviya Kalaignar TV
2015 Pasamalar Khusboo (guest role) Sun TV
  • Koteshwari
  • Jackpot
  • Poova Thalaiya
  • Namma Veetu Mahalakshmi
  • Get Ready on Etv Telugu
  • Acham Thavir on Thanthi TV
  • 2015 August- Present Simply Khushbu on Zee Tamil
  • 2014- Ninaithale Inikkum on Vendhar TV

Reality shows[edit]

Kushboo has also been a judge in reality shows:


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