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Durga Khote Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 30, 2019

Short Biography

Durga Khote was born on 14-01-1905 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India. She was an Indian Film Actress, Theatre Actress, Autobiographer, Film Producer & Film Director who was best known for her mother's role in Bollywood, Marathi and Gujarati films.

Durga Khote Complete Bio & Career

Durga Khote debuted in a minor role in the obscure 1931 silent film Farebi Jaal, by the Prabhat Film Company, followed by Maya Machindra the following year. She was soon promoted to play heroine in the 1932 double version (Hindi and Marathi) Ayodhyecha Raja, another Prabhat film, which was the first ever Marathi talkie, and proved to be a runaway hit, where she played the role of Rani Taramati. Despite working closely with the Prabhat Film Company, she broke away from the "studio system" then in vogue and became one of the first "freelance" artistes of that era by working occasionally with the New Theatres, East India Film Co. (both at Calcutta), and Prakash Pictures.
She played Saudamini in Amar Jyoti, which is one of her most memorable roles. In 1937, she produced and directed a film titled Saathi, making her one of the first women to step into this role in Indian cinema. The decade of the 1940s opened for her in a big way, with award-winning performances in Aachary Atre's Payachi Dasi (Marathi) and Charnon Ki Dasi (Hindi). Durga Khote remained active in the theatre circuit for many years, especially the Marathi theatre in Mumbai. She was active in the industry for over 5 decades and one of her film which needs a special mention is Mughal E Azaam. She was actively associated with the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and worked in several plays for the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh. In 1954, she famously performed the role of Lady Macbeth in V.V. Shirwadkar's Marathi adaptations of Macbeth, as Rajmukut, The Royal Crown, along with Nanasaheb Phatak. 

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1968 Arts
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1983 Marathi Film Industry

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Durga Khote died on 22-09-1991 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. India at the age of 86.

DEATHDAY 22 September,1991 (Sunday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Durga Khote Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born to Pandurang Shamrao Lad and Manjulabai as Vita Lad. She was married in her teens to a mechanical engineer Vishwanath Khote who died very early in young age. The couple has two sons named Harin Khote & Bakul Khote.

Life's Important Dates Of Durga Khote

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Dancing
Marital Status Widow
Debut Hindi Fim - Farebi Jaal (1931)
Best Movies Amar Jyoti (1936), Charnon Ki Dasi (1941), Bharat Milap (1942), Bidaai (1974), and Karz (1980) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Swimming and Hockey

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Durga Khote

  • Her birth name was Vita Lad and was raised in a joint family in Kandewadi, Mumbai.
  • She was married in her teenage and her husband died at a young age.
  • Her role in V. Shantaram's film Amar Jyoti (1936) as Saudamini is memorable.
  • She was the 1st women of Indian cinema, who entered in filmmaking as a film producer and film director.
  • Her role in Bollywood Blockbuster film Karz (1980), was her last memorable role.
  • She was a proud recipient of 'Dadasaheb Phalke Award'.
  • India post was released a postage stamp for Rs.5/- to honour her on 03-05-2013.
  • She wrote her biography in a book named 'Mee, Durga Khote' in Marathi, which was also released in English with the title 'I, Durga Khote'.
  • She was awarded Padma Shri by the government in India in the year 1968.
  • She was nicknamed Dimple by her friends.

Durga Khote Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Durga Khote was 86 years 8 months & 8 days old age.