The child-artiste turned heroine Kushboo, rose to dizzying heights in Tamil cinema. She was one of the most sought after leading ladies, and has over a hundred films to her credit.
As the suave actress celebrates her birthday, Chakpak takes you on a tour of her life and career.
Kushboo was born as Nakhat Khan into a Muslim family in Mumbai on September 29, 1970
She debuted in Hindi cinema as a child artiste. In Dard ka Rishta, she performed with an ensemble starcast of Sunil Dutt, Reena Roy, Smita Patil and Ashok Kumar.
K Raghavendra Rao introduced her to south Indian cinema by casting her opposite Venkatesh in the Telugu movie Kaliyuga Pandavulu.
Kushboo starred alongside all the leading men in Tamil cinema including Rajini, Kamal, Arjun, Prabhu, and Sarathkumar
Apoorva Sahodarargal with Kamal Hassan and Mannan with Rajini were some of the biggest grossers in Tamil cinema
Her popularity escalated to such great heights that her fans built a temple in her name, with the deity called Kushambika
She has acted with Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty in movies like Uncle Bun and Stalin Sivadass
Kushboo’s alleged affair with the much married Prabhu, son of the legendry actor Sivaji Ganesan, was the talk of the town in the 90s.
Kushboo’s liberal views about pre-marital sex and live-in relationships came under much fire. She was dragged to court by the moral brigade
Kushboo’s fans were so aghast with her liberal views that they demolished the temple that was built in her name in Trichy
Kushboo has acted in several Kannada films. Her most popular ones like Ranadheera and Anjada Gandu were with the crazy star Ravichandran
Kushboo is married to director Sundar C and has two daughters, Avanthika and Ananditha
Kushboo has converted to Hinduism and speaks Tamil, Hindi and Marathi fluently
She has several hit TV serials to her credit, the most popular ones being Kalki and Kungumam.
She has also hosted one the most popular game shows in Tamil, Jackpot, for over nine years.
She has learnt classical dancing from friend and co-star Sukanya.
Kushboo is active in politics and belongs to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Kushboo has also produced Nagaram Pakkam and Kalakalappu, movies directed by her husband Sundar.
The vivacious lady turns 42 today and Team Chakpak joins her legion of fans to wish her a very happy birthday!