Lushin Dubey

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Lushin Dubey
Occupation stage actor and director

Lushin Dubey is an Indian stage actor and director. She directed, acted and scripted many drama productions for over 20 years.[1] Lushin is also known for her solo plays Untitled[2][3] and Pinki Virani's Bitter Chocolate with theatre director Arvind Gaur.[4][5] She acted in films like Partition (2007), Murder Unveiled (2005) — for which she won 2006 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series[6] — and Perfect Husband.

Personal life[edit]

Lushin was born as Lushin Kiswani to a Sindhi Hindu family. 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 named her after the Russian aircraft Ilyushin.[7][8]

Lushin did her M.Sc. in Childhood and Special Education in the US, after a Masters in History from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), University of Delhi, India.

Lushin is married with two daughters, Ilina and Tara. Her sister Lillete and niece Ira (Lillete's daughter) are also actresses. She also has a brother named Patanjali. Her husband Pradeep Dubey is a Leading Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University and Adjunct Professor at Yale. In her college days she acted with Barry John.


Lushin's first solo play Untitled solo directed and scripted by Arvind Gaur, traveled to the US, UK and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Untitled has completed more than 200 shows. Some of the cities have been Boston, Chicago, Rochester, New York, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto. It has been staged at the Smithsonian Institution and at Harvard.[9]

Her second solo Bitter Chocolate is based on Pinki Virani's book and scripted-directed by Arvind Gaur.[10]

Lushin Dubey's third solo I Will Not Cry is scripted and directed by Arvind Gaur.[11] This play is an exceptional blend of theatre and multimedia, highlighting the issue of child survival through satire, reality and music excerpts. It brings alive the sad truth of millions of unnecessary deaths of children in India. The performance by Lushin Dubey evokes collective responsibility among the audience to be a part of social change. The play performed in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Lucknow in collaboration of Save The Children. In Jaipur it was staged at Jawahar Kala Kendra where well-known theatre personalities Hemant Acharaya and Sandeep Madan provided vital support.


Title Role
2005 Amu Meera Sehgal
2005 Socha Na Tha
2005 Murder Unveiled (TV) Kuldeep Samra
2007 Partition Mumtaz Khan
Perfect Husband
2011 Delhi Belly Sonia's mother
2013 Rangrezz Rati Chaturvedi

TV serials[edit]

  • Rajdhani


  • Karmaveer Puraskaar Noble Laureates, 2009
  • Radha Krishna Award for her contribution to Delhi’s art & culture,2009


  1. ^ Basu, Arundhati (7 January 2006). "Playing their parts: Lushin and Ilina Dubey share a deep bond, both onstage and off". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  2. ^ Chitra Parayath (2003-04-06). "Untitled solo at Marlboro, New England". lokvani(Public Voice). Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  3. ^ Saumya Ancheri (2010-04-16). "A woman scorned". Time Out Mumbai. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  4. ^ Drama critic (2004-01-07). "An unspoken bitter truth". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  5. ^ Shalini Umachandran (2004-09-12). "It happens here too". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ Awards IMDB.
  7. ^ "Lillete's world". The Hindu (Metro Plus). 2011-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Lillete Dubey: The drama of life". The Times of India (Delhi Times). 2002-05-26. 
  9. ^ Staff Reporter (2010-03-05). "Celebrate Women's Day with UNTITLED". MTG editorial. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  10. ^ Drama critic (2004-01-07). "Nobody's Child". Indian Express. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  11. ^ Shailaja Tripathi (23 Nov 2011). "The play's the thing..". Delhi,India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  12. ^ Staff Reporter (2009-08-12). "SALAAM INDIA". MTG editorial. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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