Lillete Dubey (born 7 September 1953) is an Indian stage and film actress and a theatre Director. She has worked in national and international theatre, television and films, (Hindi and English). Dubey began her career with Barry John in Delhi and was the founding member of his group -Theatre Action Group (TAG) in 1973 . In 1991 she set up her own Theatre Company- The Primetime Theatre Company.
Lillete Dubey at the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2015
7 September 1953
(m. 1978; died 2015)
|Relatives||Lushin Dubey (sister)|
Ms. Dubey is best known for her acclaimed performances in films like Zubeida, Monsoon Wedding (Winner Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival) Baghban, Kal Ho Na Ho, My Brother Nikhil, Delhi in a Day, Bow Barracks Forever (Best Actress Filma Madrid International Film Festival), 3 Days to Go (Best Actress Simon Sabela Awards, KZN South Africa), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (BAFTA- Best Ensemble Cast) and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Sonata.
Ms Dubey was born in Pune to Sindhi Hindu parents. Her father, Gobind Keswani, was an engineer with the Indian Railways, and her mother, Lila Keswani, was a gynaecologist from Lady Harding who later worked with the Indian Army. After Ms Dubey's birth the family moved to Bikaner and later to Lucknow where she studied at Loretto Convent and then went to Rustom Boarding school in Pune. After Rustoms, she came to Delhi and studied at Carmel Convent.
. When she was in Class IX, the family moved back to Pune and she joined St. Mary's (Pune), where she first started acting. Her earliest role was that of Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. As she was good at academics, her parents were keen on her pursuing Science, however, Ms Dubey wanted to study Arts. After a great deal of persuasion she was allowed to study English literature at Lady Shri Ram College (LSR). It was during this period that she met her husband Ravi Dubey who was doing his M.A in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. She completed her M.A in English from LSR and her second master's degree in mass communications from IIMC. She married Ravi Dubey on 12 September 1978.
Personal life & FamilyEdit
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.
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.
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. Lushin is the wife of Pradeep Dubey, a noted academic.
Ms Dubey's entry into films was quite by chance when her husband was posted to Mumbai in 1995, and she has often called herself an 'accidental film actress’. She debuted with the film Love You Hamesha starring Akshay Khanna and Sonali Bendre in 1999. The movie was directed by Kailash Surendranath. After that, she played a supporting character in Bawandar, directed by Jag Mundhra and starring Nandita Das, in 2000. It was based on the story of a rape victim, Bhanwari Devi, from Rajasthan. Her career breakthrough was in 2001 when she essayed the role of Aunty Rose in Shyam Benegal's classic Zubeida and won many hearts and next as Shabana, the mother of the female protagonist Sakeena (played by Amisha Patel) in the movie Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. Her second hit, Monsoon Wedding, came out later in the same year and became yet another milestone in her film career. Divya Unny from Open (Indian magazine) said,
"She acted in her first film Zubeidaa (2001) at the age of 47 which would have been considered a late start for an actor. Even as an independent actor, Dubey created a niche. She has defied expectations many times on screen. She was the only actress her age who could carry off smoking a cigarette in a shiny blouse and petticoat, with rollers in her hair, in Monsoon Wedding (2001)."
The following year, in 2002, she again portrayed the role of one of the lead characters’ mother in the movie Om Jai Jagadish, directed by Anupam Kher. Her on-screen daughter was Urmila Matondkar. Another of her memorable roles was that of ‘Shanti Patel’, the wife of Paresh Rawal in Baghban (2003).
The role that gained a lot of attention was that of Jaswinder "Jazz" Kapoor in Kal Ho Naa Ho, in 2003. She played Jazz, an older female character that is fierce, unapologetic, and in touch with her sexuality. In 2004 she played the role of Preity Zinta's reel mother in the movie Lakshya. The film was directed by Farhan Akhtar and starred Hrithik Roshan as the male lead. In the same year, she also worked in Anjan Dutt's Bow Barracks Forever, a film that revolved around the troubles faced by the Anglo-Indian people to keep up their lifestyle, in the post-independence era and which won her the Best Actress award at the Madrid International Film Festival.
Dubey has been acting for over 40 years, and has played the lead in over 60 productions ranging from Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, Brecht, Musical Comedies, Farce, Contemporary Drama, Absurd Theatre, to Contemporary Drama, including Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Pinter, Dario Fo, Edward Albee, and Indian playwrights like Vijay Tendulkar, Partap Sharma, Mahesh Dattani, Girish Karnad, Mahesh Elkunchwar.
Dubey has worked television
Lillete has also hosted her own talk show for TIMES NOW called ‘By Invitation Only.
Curation and JuryEdit
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1997||Kabhie Kabhie||TV series|
|1999||Love You Hamesha|
|2000||Bawandar (English: Sandstorm)||Socialite|
|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||Chalte Chalte||Anna Mausi (Priya's aunt)|
|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||Aap Ki Khatir||Betty A. Khanna|
|2007||My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves||Bharucha (Movie Director)|
|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||I Am 24|
|2010||Fun in the Army|
|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|
|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|
|2015||The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||Mrs. Kapoor|
|2015||A Million Rivers||Roop|
|2019||3 Days to Go||Matriarch Lakshmi Isaac||South African Film|
|TBA||Desi Magic||Mrs. Saxena|
- Short films
|2018||Purana Pyaar||Mrs. Sharma||Hindi||Finalist for Filmfare Short Film Awards|
|1997||Idhar Udhar||DD National||Shobhna||Episode 16|
|Indian Summers||Channel 4||Roshana Dalal||British series|
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|
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- "Profiles : Snapping up life". The Hindu (Metro Plus). 7 July 2008.
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- All the World is a Stage
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