Hyderabad: Till her views on pre-marital sex became controversial and effigies were burnt, Khushboo had been best known for, well, being wildly popular. Fans built a temple for her in Tiruchirapalli. There was a Khushboo Idli and the Khushboo Saree.
The temple was demolished after she made that comment about pre-marital sex and AIDS in 2005. Political parties got into the fray too and she was forced to make a public apology. Alongside came the cases and the almost five-year-long legal battle.
Born Khushboo Khan in 1970, the actor saw early success as a child artist in Bollywood, acting in successful films like Thodisi Bewafaii and the Amitabh- Bachchan-starrers Laawaris and Kaalia.
She received accolades for her role as a 12-year-old stricken with cancer in Dard ka Rishta and later set feet tapping when she danced with a young Javed Jaffrey to "Bol Baby Bol, Rock and Roll" in Meri Jung. But there were few takers for the grown-up Khushboo in Bollywood and she turned to Tamil films.
She has since acted in over a 100 films in Bollywood and in the Southern film industries, and was the heartthrob of Tamil cinema in the 1990s.
She has also had success on television. She hosts a popular game show 'Jackpot' on Jaya TV, besides acting in a few Tamil serials and owns a production house.
Khushboo Sundar lives in Chennai with her actor-director husband Sundar C and two daughters.