Shubha Phutela

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Shubha Phutela
Shubha Phutela.jpg
Shubha Phutela in Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey
Born Shubha Phutela
(1991-05-05)5 May 1991
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Died 22 October 2012(2012-10-22) (aged 21)[1]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Cause of death jaundice/kidney problems
Occupation Actress, Model,
Years active 2011–2012

Shubha Phutela (5 May 1991 – 22 October 2012) was an Indian model and actress. She was crowned Hair-o-max Miss South India 2010.[2] She starred in the Tamil film Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey that was released in 2012.

Early life and family[edit]

Shubha was born in Ludhiana, Punjab to Rajpal and Santosh Phutela. Her father is scientist/professor in microbiology. Her mother is a retired teacher. She has an elder sister and a younger brother. Her elder sister is married to an IT professional and is settled in the US. Her younger brother is doing his Bachelor's degree in engineering.

As a child, Phutela was very sheltered and studious. In her own words,[3]

My aim of life then was to study, come home, watch TV. Watching TV was one of the things that I always rejoiced, watching all the saas-bahu serials with my mom and rounding off the day with some teen shows.

After school, Phutela joined Dayananda Sagar College, Bangalore to do her graduation in BE Computer Science. Shubha compered an event 'Coffee with CEO' where she hosted Suhas Gopinath as the guest; later they were dating. They jointly gave an interview for the DNA newspaper on Page 1 meets Page 3.

Modeling career[edit]

Modelling happened by chance. While shopping at the mall, Phutela heard about a small pageant happening there. Her friends compelled her to join the contest and as fate would have it, she won.[3] From there on, she went on to win other pageants like Miss Cosmos 2007, Miss Youth 2008, Sigma Mall Brand Model Hunt 2008 and finally the big one, Hair-o-max Miss South India 2010.

Phutela has been the face of some of the top brands like Fastrack, Honda City, TVS Scooty, Kingfisher, Britannia, Fly Mobile etc. She has done print ads for various textiles and jewellery brands like Nalli Silks, Rasi Silks, Kalyan Jewellers (Coimbatore), Kannika Parmeshwari Silks etc. She was on the cover page of March 2011 Femina's BUYOLOGY, Bangalore Supplement. Shubha has walked the ramp for designers including Raj Shroff, Michele Salins, Ramesh Dembla, Anu Nagappa etc.

Acting career[edit]

Phutela debuted as an actress in the Tamil-language film Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey, released in July 2012.[4] In the film, she played the role of a Muslim girl, Jiya Jaffer. She spent two months learning Tamil for this movie.[5] The songs of the movie have been appreciated by the critics and the public alike.[6] She also opted out of a Kannada film as the producers of her debut film required exclusive dates.[7]


Shubha Phuteladied on 22 October 2012 at the Apollo Hospital in Bangalore. According to a report by The Times of India, she was suffering from a kidney ailment which she chose only to reveal to a small number of people.[8] She was in a state of coma for the last few days.[9] Phutela is survived by her parents, brother and sister.[4]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey Jiya Jaffer Tamil


  1. ^ Bangalore. "Tamil actress Shubha Phutela dead". Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ AbilashAuthor, dreamer, thinker, poet (2012-03-03). "Miss South India 2010 Winners - Shubha | Geethu | Nikitha | Kochi Cochin News". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b Babish VB (2012-03-02). "Shubha Phutela – Miss South India 2010 : Exclusive Interview | Kochi Cochin News". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Tamil actress Shubha Phutela dead". Times of India. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Had tough time learning the Tamil language: Shubha - Times Of India". 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey Music Review - Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey Music Review". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Shubha Phutela opts out to Sandalwood film - Times Of India". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Shubha Phutela no more". Times of India. 24 October 201. Retrieved 24 October 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Shubha Phutela passes away!". Sify. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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