Lillete Dubey

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Lillete Dubey
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Dubey in 2012
Lillete Kiswani[1]

(1953-09-07) 7 September 1953 (age 66)[2]
OccupationActress, director
Ravi Dubey
(m. 1978; died 2015)
ChildrenNeha Dubey
Ira Dubey

Lillete Dubey (born 7 September 1953) is an Indian actress who has worked in theatre, television and Hindi films.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lillette was born in Pune as Lillete Kiswani to a Sindhi Hindu family.[4] Her father, Govind Kiswani, was an engineer with the Indian Railways, and her mother, Leela, was a gynaecologist who worked with the Indian Army. Her father wanted to give her a "modern" sounding name, and came up with "Lillete" as a faux-French derivation of her mother's name, Leela, with the intended meaning being "little Leela." Lillete, however, never liked her name "from day one" due to personal reasons, such as getting made fun of when she was younger.[1][2][5]

Lillete did her schooling from various educational institutions (as a consequence of her father's transferable job), among them Carmel Convent (Delhi) and St. Mary's (Pune). She graduated in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi) and subsequently obtained two post-graduation degrees — in English and in Mass Communication.[1][2]

Lillete is the eldest of three siblings. She has a sister, Lushin, (named after Ilyushin, a Russian aircraft), and a brother, Patanjali, named in honour of the ancient rishi who compiled the Yoga Sutras. He is the founder of the Lemon Tree hotel group.[2] Lushin is the wife of Pradeep Dubey, a noted academic.


Lillete has appeared in numerous movies, including Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding co-starring Nasiruddin Shah, Kal Ho Naa Ho which starred Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan, Baghban alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Bow Barracks Forever alongside her daughter Neha Dubey, and Housefull alongside Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

Lillete also played a role in the British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as its sequel, both of which starred Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, among others.

Lillete is also an acclaimed theatre director, television and film artist, and was part of the Theatre Action Group (TAG) in Delhi.[6] She has directed a number of plays, most notable being Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like a Man, which is the longest running Indian play in English, having completed 497 shows across the world,[citation needed] including a two-week off-Broadway run.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lillete's husband Ravi Dubey was the youngest-ever General Manager of the Taj Mansingh hotel and rose to be the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at the Tata Group before he quit in 2004. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2015.[8]

The couple have two daughters, Neha and Ira, both of whom have played a variety of small and supporting roles in theatre, film and television. Additionally, Neha is a psychotherapist with an independent practice in Mumbai.


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Kabhie Kabhie TV series
1999 Love You Hamesha
2000 Bawandar (English: Sandstorm) Socialite
2001 Zubeidaa Rose Davenport
2001 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Shabana
2001 Monsoon Wedding Pimmi Verma
2002 Om Jai Jagadish Neetu's mom
2002 Kitne Door... Kitne Paas
2003 Pinjar Tara- Puro's mother
2003 Johnny
2003 Chalte Chalte Anna Mausi (Priya's aunt)
2003 Baghban Shanti Patel
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Jaswinder "Jazz" Kapoor
2004 Lakshya Mrs. Dutta, Romila's mother
2004 Vanity Fair Ms. Green credited as Lillette Dubey
2004 Morning Raga Mrs. Kapoor
2004 Sau Jhooth Ek Sach Moushami Pradhan
2004 Bow Barracks Forever Emily Lobo
2005 My Brother…Nikhil Anita Rosario Kapoor
2005 Main Aisa Hi Hoon Ritu
2005 Dosti: Friends Forever Kiran Thapar
2006 Fanaa Helen (Zooni's Instructor)
2006 Corporate Devyani Bakshi
2006 Aap Ki Khatir Betty A. Khanna
2007 My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves Bharucha (Movie Director)
2007 Har Pal
2008 Saas Bahu Aur Sensex Anita B. Jethmalani
2008 Fauj Mein Mauj
2009 Phoonk Dr. Seema Walke
2009 Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors Santosh 'Toshi'
2009 Mumbai Calling Amar's Mother TV Series (season 1 episode 4 Boy to Man)
2010 Bollywood Beats Jyoti
2010 I Am 24
2010 Fun in the Army
2010 Pankh Mary D'Cunha
2010 Housefull Zulekha Bano
2010 Break Ke Baad Pammi J. Gulati
2011 Always Kabhi Kabhi Ms Das
2012 Na Jaane Kabse Monika
2012 Delhi in a Day Kalpana
2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Mrs. Kapoor British film
2012 I M 24
2012 Shobhna's Seven Nights Malishka
2012 Heroine Mrs. Arora
2013 Chashme Baddoor Ms Josephine
2013 Dabba (The Lunchbox) Ila's mother
2014 One by Two Samara Patel's mother
2014 Dr. Cabbie Nellie Canadian film
2014 Bhaiyyaji Superhit delayed
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Mrs. Kapoor
2015 A Million Rivers Roop
2016 Aksar 2
2017 Sonata
2019 3 Days to Go Matriarch Lakshmi Isaac South African Film
TBA Desi Magic Mrs. Saxena
TBA Tadka Samantha
Short films
Year Title Role Language Notes
2018 Purana Pyaar Mrs. Sharma Hindi Finalist for Filmfare Short Film Awards[9][10]


Year Show Channel Role Notes
2015 Darr Sabko Lagta Hai &TV Shobhna Episode 16
Indian Summers Channel 4 Roshana Dalal British series
2017 Adhe Adhure Hotstar Savitri Teleplay
Also Director
Hotstar Original Series
Dance Like A Man Ratna
2018 Love Handles (Ep05 - #PuranaPyaar) Gorilla Shorts - Youtube Mrs. Sharma Romantic Comedy Web Series
2018 Akoori (web series) Zee5 Rita Shah Comedy Web Series
2019 Queen (web series) MX Player Interviewer


  1. ^ a b c "Lillete's world". The Hindu (Metro Plus). 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lillete Dubey: The drama of life". The Times of India (Delhi Times). 26 May 2002.
  3. ^ "Profiles : Snapping up life". The Hindu (Metro Plus). 7 July 2008.
  4. ^ All the World is a Stage
  5. ^ "I am over-qualified for this medium". The Indian Express. 1 October 1999. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "The drama of Barry John's life". The Times of India (Delhi Times). 23 November 2002.
  7. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Pratidhwani to Present Mahesh Dattani's DANCE LIKE A MAN". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Youngest-ever GM of Taj Mansingh dies at 60". The Times of India. 13 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Purana Pyaar |Mohan Agashe|Lillete Dubey|Award Winning Short Film |Love Handles Web Series". Gorilla Shorts on YouTube. 30 May 2018.
  10. ^ "BEST DRAMA SHORT FILMS". Filmfare. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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