Shubha Khote

Shubha Khote is an Indian film and television actress. She is also a former women's national champion in swimming and cycling.[1]

Shubha Khote Balsavar
Shubha Khote at ITA Awards 2010
Shubha Khote

Known forFilm & Theatre
Spouse(s)D.M. Balsavar (1960-present)
ChildrenBhavana Balsavar (daughter)
Ashwin Balsavar (son)
FamilyNandu Khote (father)
Durga Khote (aunt)
Viju Khote (brother)

Early life and education

Shubha Khote was born into a Marathi-Konkani family, the daughter of noted Marathi theatre personality Nandu Khote by his wife, a Konkani lady from Mangalore in Karnataka. The actor Viju Khote was her younger brother.[2] Veteran actress Durga Khote was the wife of Shubha's father's brother. Shubha's maternal uncle, Nayampalli, was also an actor.[3]

Shubha Khote studied at St. Teresa's High School, Charni Road. As a girl, she excelled at swimming and cycling, and in an era when very few women even ventured into such sports, she was women's national champion in swimming and cycling for three suceessive years, 1952–55. After completing school, she graduated in English Literature from Wilson College.

Shubha is married to D. M. Balsavar, who hails (like Shubha's mother) from Mangalore. Mr. Balsavar was the Vice President of Marketing in Nocil, a major Indian corporate. He appeared in a cameo in the Marathi movie Chimukla Pahuna (1968), which she produced and directed.[3] Their daughter, Bhavana Balsavar is also a TV actress.[4]


She made her stage debut as child actor at age 4.[5] Shubha Khote made her film debut in Seema (1955) as Putli. This role came to her since she was a good cyclist and her cycling attracted the 'Seema's team for her selection. Since then, she has starred in a large number of Hindi and Marathi movies, stage shows and TV serials. She 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. She also played negative roles in Paying Guest and Ek Duuje Ke Liye. 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.[6]

She has directed comedy plays such as Hera Pheri, Hum Dono, Bachelor's Wife and Let's Do it (2000).[5][7] Her home production Bachelor's Wives (adapted from the Marathi play Gholat Ghol) 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.[8]

She has also worked in the Marathi teleserial Eka Lagnachi Teesri Goshta on Zee Marathi.

Selected filmography





  1. Rakhi Special: Bollywood's best brother-sister duo
  2. Rakhi Special: Bollywood's best brother-sister duo
  3. "Shubha Khote – Memories". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  4. Shobha Khote with daughter Bhavna Balsaver during 'SAB Ke Anokhe Awards', 26 June 2012.
  5. "Inside Out". Indian Express. 30 March 2000. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. Winner and nomination of 9th Filmfare Awards at Internet Movie Database
  7. "For theatre buffs". The Hindu. 15 April 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  8. Pretty Funny! by V Gangadhar., 5 October 1997.
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