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Born Nakhat Khan
(1970-09-19) 19 September 1970 (age 46)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Sundar C (m.2001–present)
Children Avantika, Anandita

Nakhat Khan, known by her stage name Khushbu Sundar, or just Khushbu/Khushboo is an Indian film actress, producer, and television presenter. She is predominantly known for her work in the South Indian film industry. She has received two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Actress and one Kerala State Special Jury Award award.

Film career[edit]

Child artist[edit]

Khushbu started her career as a child artist in Hindi film The Burning Train (1980) in the song "Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman". Between 1980–1985 as a child artist she did Hindi films such as Naseeb, Thodisi Bewafaii, Laawaris, Kaalia, Dard Ka Rishta, Bemisal, and various others.[1]


Khushbu played the significant supporting role of Anil Kapoor's sister in super hit Meri Jung (1985), and danced with Javed Jaffrey in his first dancing role on screen in the super-duper hit song "Bol Baby Bol, Rock'n Roll".

Khushbu played her first main lead in Jaanoo (1985) opposite Jackie Shroff. Same year she starred opposite Raj Kiran in "Sautela Pati". She starred in Tan-Badan (1986) opposite Govinda, which was the first lead role for Govinda. She also did Patton Ki Bazi (1986) opposite Rajan Sippy.

Khushbu played a significant supporting role in Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin (1990), which also starred Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Her 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. She played main lead in "Prem Daan" (1992) opposite Nitish Bharadwaj. After that she has only been working in South Indian film industry.

South Indian movies[edit]

Khushbu was introduced to South Indian screens through the Telugu film Kaliyuga Pandavulu (1986) opposite Venkatesh. After that she 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 South.

She has acted opposite leading actors such as Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Venkatesh, Tiger Prabhakar, Nagarjuna, Ravichandran, Suresh Gopi, Sathyaraj, and Prabhu.

By September 2016, Khushbu was no longer very active into films, citing her lack of interest in the same, and her commitment to motherhood and her political career.[2]

Involvement with the Australian football[edit]

Khushbu and sprinter Usain Bolt are the Honorary Members of Richmond Football Club, based in Melbourne, Australia.[3]

Khushbu was introduced to AFL Footy (Australian Rules Football) by Former Ministerial Adviser Mr Nitin Gupta, and Former Victorian Premier Hon. Ted Baillieu. She had agreed to help promote the AFL Footy in India after taking a tour of Richmond Football Club.[4]

AFL Footy is set debut on Indian screens in the movie Oh Andha Naatkal, which would also star Khushbu. [5]

Temple built for Khushbu by fans[edit]

During her peak Khushbu was the leading actress of Tamil. She became the first Indian actress for whom her fans built a dedicated temple. Few temples had been built for Indian male film stars earlier, but Khushbu became the first female film star after whom a dedicated temple was built in India. [6]


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.[7][8] Khushbu quit DMK on 16 June 2014.[9]

Indian National Congress[edit]

Khushbu joined the Indian National Congress on 26 November 2014 after meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi. She is currently the National Spokesperson of the INC.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Khushbu married actor/director Sundar C on 9 March 2001. They have two daughters, Avanthika and Ananditha, after whom they named their production house. She has been living in Chennai for more than 30 years now. Khushbu is a self-proclaimed atheist.[11]



  • She is known for her TV show Jackpot and her serials Kalki, Janani and Kungumam.
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
2017- Present Nandini Parvathi/Durga Amman Sun TV
Year Title Role Channel
2002-2006 Jackpot Jaya TV
2010 Poova Thalaiya Kalaignar TV
2013 Get Ready E TV Telugu Show
2013 Acham Thavir Thanthi TV
2014 Namma Veetu Mahalakshmi Zee Tamil
2014 Ninaithale Inikkum Vendhar TV
2015 -2016 Simply Khushbu Zee Tamil sequel to Ninaithale Inikkum
2016–2017 Nijangal Sun TV

Reality shows[edit]

Khushbu has also been a judge in reality shows:


In 2005, there was a controversy about her remarks for AIDS awareness. She said it was fine for girls to have pre-marital sex but not without taking precautions to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).[12] The Supreme Court dismissed all cases registered against Kushboo for her alleged remarks on pre-marital sex.[13]

In January 2006, Maxim magazine featured a full-page morphed photograph showing Kushboo "posing" nude. Khushboo filed two complaints: defamation and the indecent representation of women. The Supreme Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea by the magazine's editor. [14][15]


  1. ^ "Andheri to Akbar Road via Madras: The many turns of Khushbu’s personal life and politics". 1 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (2016-09-18). "Gone without a second wind". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  3. ^ Sun, The Indian (1 March 2017). "Bolt and Khushboo back the Richmond Tigers - The Indian Sun". 
  4. ^ Sun, The Indian (12 October 2016). "Indian actress Khushboo to help promote AFL Footy in India - The Indian Sun". 
  5. ^ Sun, The Indian (24 October 2016). "AFL Footy to debut in Tamil movie - The Indian Sun". 
  6. ^ "Khushboo: I was scared when fans erected my temple - KOLLY TALK". 10 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kushboo jumps on the DMK bandwagon". Decan Herald. 
  8. ^ "Kushboo joins DMK". 
  9. ^ Yamunan, Sruthisagar. "Actor Kushboo quits DMK". 
  10. ^ "Actor Kushboo joins Congress - Times of India". 
  11. ^ "I AM: Khushboo – The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  12. ^ "Front Page: Kushboo enlarged on bail". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 17 November 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Supreme Court dismisses charges against actress Khusboo Sundar". IndiaVision.com. 28 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "SC dismisses anticipatory bail plea of Maxim editor". Dnaindia.com. 2006-05-22. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  15. ^ PTI 22 May 2006, 12.32pm IST (2006-05-22). "Maxim editor denied bail". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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