Lillete Dubey

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Lillete Dubey
Lillete dubey.jpg
Dubey in 2012
Born (1953-09-07) 7 September 1953 (age 62)
Pune, Maharashtra, India[1]
Occupation actress, director
Children Neha Dubey
Ira Dubey

Lillete Dubey (born 7 September 1953) is an Indian actress who has worked in theatre, television and Bollywood films.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dubey was born in Pune to a Sindhi Hindu family. Her father, Govind Kiswani, was an engineer who worked with Indian Railways, and her mother, Leela, was a gynaecologist.[3][4] The widespread belief that Dubey is a Christian or of mixed-race parentage is totally incorrect. 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." Dubey, however, never liked her name "from day one." [5]

Dubey 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. Lushin is the wife of Pradeep Dubey, a noted academic.


Dubey 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.

Dubey also played a role in the British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which starred Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Bill Nighy.

Dubey is also an acclaimed theatre director, television and film artist, and was part of the Theatre Action Group in Delhi.[6]

Dubey has directed a number of plays, most notable being Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like a Man, which is the longest running play in English, having completed 497 shows across the world, including a two-week run on the Broadway.

Personal life[edit]

Dubey has been married to Ravi Dubey, the senior vice president of corporate communications at Tata Group, since 1978. 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 psychiatrist 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 Mrs. Mohanlal
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 first British film
2012 I m 24
2012 Shobhna's Seven Nights Malishka
2013 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 Desi Magic Mrs. Saxena


  1. ^ "Lillete Dubey: The drama of life". Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Metro Plus Hyderabad / Profiles : Snapping up life". The Hindu. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  3. ^ "I am over-qualified for this medium". Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Lillete Dubey in Delhi Times
  6. ^ Divya Vasisht (Nov 23, 2002). "The drama of Barry John's life". The Times of India, Delhi Times. TNN. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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