Sunil Dutt

Sunil Dutt (English: Sunil Dutt, Punjabi: ਸੁਨੀਲ ਦੱਤ, born: 6 June 1929, died: 25 May 2005), whose real name was Balraj Dutt, was a noted actor, producer and director of Indian films, who also featured in some Punjabi films. acted out. Apart from this, he also played a meaningful role in Indian politics. He was the Cabinet Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs from 2004 to 2005 under Manmohan Singh's government. His son Sanjay Dutt is also a film actor.

He won the election from Mumbai North West Lok Sabha seat on Congress Party ticket in 1984 and became an MP. He was elected five times in a row from here. After his death, his daughter Priya Dutt won the seat she inherited from her father. The Government of India conferred him the Padma Shri in 1968. In addition, he was also elected Sheriff of Bombay.


Sunil Dutt was born in the village of Khurd, in Punjab (now it is the territory of Pakistan). Soon the family moved to the village of Mandoli on the banks of the Jamna River in the state of Haryana. At a conscious age, Sunil himself moved to Bombay to become an actor. He enrolled at Yai Hind College and began working at Radio Ceylon, Asia's oldest radio station.

The first film in which he starred in 1955 was called the Railway Platform, but the finest hour struck it in 1957, after the movie “Mother India” was released on a wide screen, in which he starred with his future wife Nargis. In the film, he played her youngest son. There is a legend that a fire started during the filming, but Sunil bravely threw himself into the fire and carried Nargis, after which the beauty could not help but pay attention to the young man. The late 50s and all 60s were the era of his heyday - he starred in such films as Sadhna (1958), The Untouchable (1959), Let Me Live (1963), Family (1965) and padosan (1967). In collaboration with B.R. Chopra, films such as The Delusion (1963), The Test of Time (1965), and Hamraz (1967) were created. Sunil Dutt got into the Guinness Book of Records with his unique film “Memoirs” (1964), where he was both a director and producer, and played all the roles.

Sunil Dutt died May 25, 2005 in a dream of a heart attack.

Early life

Sunil was born in a village called Khurdi in Jhelum district of Punjab state in British India. This village is now in Pakistan. His family migrated to India during Partition. Sunil enrolled in Jai Hind College in Mumbai and also worked as a conductor for the best in living.


On March 11, 1958, Sunil marries one of the greatest Indian film actresses Nargis. They got married according to the ritual of the Hindu reformist school Arya Samaj. From this marriage, the couple had three children.

Sanjay Dutt, who also became an actor. In 1986 he married Richa Sharma, their daughter Trishal was born. Richa died in 1996 from a brain tumor. In 1998, Dutt married the model Ree Pillai, in 2005 they divorced. On February 11, 2008, Sanjay Dutt married Dilnavaz Sheikh, better known as Manyat. On October 21, 2010, the couple became parents of twins: a boy of Shahran and a girl of Caviar.

Priya Dutt- Indian politician. In 2005, after the death of Sunil Dutt, the seat in Parliament was transferred to Prii Dutt, who is a member of Parliament from northwestern Mumbai. On November 27, 2003, she married Aries Ronson.

Namrath Dutt is the wife of actor Kumar Gaurava, the couple has two daughters, Saatchi and Sia Kumar.


His career began as an announcer on Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in Southern Asia where he became very popular. After this he decided to act in Hindi films and came to Bombay. "Railway Station", made in 1955, was his first film, but 1957's Mother India made him a Bollywood movie star. His best film, Mujhe Jeene Do, made on the life of the dacoits, won the Filmfare Best Actor Award in the year 1964. Then two years later in 1966 the 'Khandaan' received the best actor award for Filmfare them again for the film.

Sunil Dutt was badly burnt while rescuing Nargis from the fire at the time of shooting in the 1957 Mehboob Khan film Mother India. Impressed by this incident, Nargis's mother married her daughter to Sunil Dutt on 11 March 1958.

From the late 1950s to the 1960s, he gave many excellent films to the Hindi film world including Sadhna (1958), Sujatha (1959), Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Gumrah (1963), Waqt (1965), Khandan (1965), Padosan (1967) and Hamraaz (1967) are notable.

His outstanding performance in the film "Mujhe Jeene Do" made him a very popular star.

Honors and awards

  • 1964 - Filmfare Best Actor Award - Let Me Live
  • 1966 - Filmfare Best Actor Award - Khandaan
  • 1968 - Padma Shri
  • 1982 - Sheriff of Bombay
  • 1995 - Lifetime Achievement Award of Filmfare
  • 1997 - Lifetime Achievement Award for Star Screen

Public welfare work

Sunil Dutt and Nargis - both husband and wife together formed a cultural institution called "Ajanta Arts Cultural Troup" long ago. Through this organization, he continued to work from film making to public welfare. After his wife Nargis Dutt died of liver cancer in 1981, Sunil Dutt founded the "Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation". Not only this, he also started giving "Nargis Award" in his memory every year. Now both these daughters see their daughters and sons together.

He died on 25 May 2005 at a bungalow located in Pali Hill Bandra in Mumbai.


Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack on May 25, 2005 at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai. His position in Parliament was replaced by his daughter, Priya Dutt, who won the seat and became a member of parliament from Northwest Mumbai between November 2005 – April 2014.

Additional reading

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dutt: Memories of our Parents - Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya Dutt, 2007, Roli Books. ISBN 978-81-7436-455-5.
  • Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt - Kishwar Desai. 2007, Harper Collins. ISBN 978-81-7223-697-7.

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