Shubha Khote


Coming from a family with deep roots in theatre and cinema, Shubha Khote was bound to end up in the movies. Her father Nandu Khote was a a noted theatre and silent movie actor and her aunt, Durga Khote, was a prominent movie actress. During her college days, she was very good at sport, mainly swimming and cycling. Her photos were featured in newspapers and magazines, where she was spotted by director Amiya Chakravarty. Shubha Khote has been a very popular actress though she played character roles, almost always with a comic streak. Also she was one of the few supporting actresses to have songs, both solos and duets, picturized on her.. that were not item numbers.

FiveSongs – Solos picturized on Shubha Khote

#1 Song: Baat Baat Mein Rootho
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Year: 1955
Movie: Seema
Director: Amiya Chakravarty
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Composers: Shankar Jaikishen
This was Shubha Khote’s debut movie, which starred stalwarts Nutan & Balraj Sahni. Here she tries to convince Nutan to be less grumpy and take life as it comes. She also does a few balancing acts with cups & saucers, & plates to lighten the mood.


#2 Song: Jane Kahe Jiya Mora
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Year: 1963
Movie: Godaan
Director: Trilok Jaitley
Lyrics: Anjaan
Composer: Pandit Ravi Shanker
Godaan, based on Munshi Premchand’s novel of the same name, was one of the few movies in which the music score was by the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. The simple tune & Shubha Khote’s effervescent smile, linger long after you’ve heard the song.


#3 Song: Tu Pyar Kare Ya
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Year: 1957
Movie: Dekh Kabira Roya
Director: Amiya Chakravarty
Lyricist: Rajinder Krishan
Composer: Madan Mohan
This was a movie where she played the romantic lead, one amongst the three in the story. Its probably the only movie where three songs picturized on the three heroines appear back to back.


#4 Song: Tadpaoge Tadpalo
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Year: 1959
Movie: Barkha
Director: R. Krishnan & S. Panju
Lyricist: Rajinder Krishan
Composer: Chitragupt
In Barkha, Shubha Khote played second lead to Nanda. This song has her trying to woo the hero, Anand Kumar, and failing at it, despite the beautiful song.


#5 Song: Salaam-e-Hasrat Qubool
Singer: Sudha Malhotra
Year: 1960
Movie: Babar
Director: Hemen Gupta
Lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi
Composer: Roshan
Azra played the lead in this movie with Shubha Khote as her cousin/friend. Sudha Malhotra sings this Roshan number, penned by Sahir Ludhianvi.