Lillete Dubey (born 7 September 1953) is an Indian actress who has worked in theatre, television and Bollywood films.
Dubey was born in Pune as Lillete kiswani to a Sindhi Hindu family. Her father, Govind Kiswani, was an engineer who worked with Indian Railways, and her mother, Leela, was a gynaecologist. 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" due to personal reasons, such as getting made fun off when she was younger.
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.
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.
Lillete's husband Ravi Dubey was senior vice president of corporate communications at Tata Group and died 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.
|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||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||Desi Magic||Mrs. Saxena|
|2015||A Million Rivers||Roop|
|2015||Darr Sabko Lagta Hai||episode sixteen in &TV|
|2015||Indian Summers||Series 1-2|