Star of the week - SHUBHA KHOTE


DOB: 1940
Birthplace: Bombay, British India
Occupation: Film and television actress


• Shubha has been nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress twice; for Gharana (1962) and for Sasural (1962).

Interesting facts:

• Shubha studied at St. Teresa's High School and graduated in English Literature from Wilson College.

• Her father Nandu Khote was a stage actor, and had also acted in the silent movies. Her aunt, Durga Khote, was also a well-known actress and her uncle Nayampalli was also an actor.

• Shubha’s husband, D. M. Balsavar, appeared in a cameo in the Marathi movie Chimukla Pahuna (1968), which she produced and directed.

• She made her stage debut as child actor at age 4. Shubha Khote made her film debut in Seema (1955). This role came to her since she was a good cyclist and her cycling skills attracted the director. Since then, she has starred in a large number of Hindi and Marathi movies, stage shows and TV serials.

• Shubha was mostly starred opposite Mehmood and the pair became hit in Sasural, Bharosa, Ziddi, Chhoti Behan, Sanjh Aur Savera, Love in Tokyo, Grahasthi, Humrahi and Beti Bete.

• In 1962, at the 9th Filmfare Awards, she received two nominations for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gharana and Sasural, though she lost to Nirupa Roy.

• Shubha has directed comedy plays such as Hera Pheri, Hum Dono and Let's Do it. Her home production Bachelor's Wives (adapted from a Marathi play) had more than 40 shows in Mumbai and Aurangabad. Her TV show Zabaan Sambhalke (based on the Mind Your Language series) was a major hit.

Shubha is the older sister of actor Viju Khote. Her daughter, Bhavana Balsavar is also a TV actress.