Monday, December 12, 2011


Sunil Dutt was a successful Actor of Bollywood  who appeared in Main roles and acted ravishingly well to the appreciation of the audience during 1950's 60's and 70's  and later he turned to be an eminent social worker,politician,member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister.
His Original name was Balraj Dutt and was born in 1929 at Jhelum(Now in Pakistan).After the Partition of India his family had to suffer a lot.From Jhelum they moved to Yamunanagar district of Haryana State and settled there.They lost large part of their wealth during this plight.Balraj Dutt studied at Mumbai Jai Hind College and after the course he joined Radio Ceylon for their Hindi broadcasting service.His main duty included interviewing celebrities also and before becoming  a film actor he had the opportunity to interview actress Nargis(later she became his wife) also.
In 1955 he got chance to act in his debut film Railway Platform which was directed by Ramesh Saigal and Nalini Jaywant was his pair in that movie.B.R. Chopra selected him in 'Ek Hi Raasta(1956) which was a success and afterwards he gave Sunil Dutt chance in several other films also.Mehboob Khan's Mother India(1957) earned him much reputation and fame.His role as the rebellious young man named Birju was much acclaimed.During the filming of Mother India there occurred an accident on the sets of that film and Nargis was saved by Sunil Dutt.They became close friends there upon and that relationship resulted in their marriage.The role  of Briju in Mother India would have effected him adversely but Directors like B.R.Chopra,Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee helped him to come out of that image by offering him 'young lover' roles.His films Sadhna,Sujatha,Mein Chup Rahungi, etc were hits.Sunil Dutt during those period  produced two movies 'Yeh Raste Hain Pyar Ke' (1963) and Mujhe Jeene Do(63).
Several of his films during those periods were success at box office like B.R.Chopra films Gumrah(63),Waqt(65)Humraaz(67) and Nutan films Khandaan, and Milan.Meherban was another hit film of 1967.In a film of Mehmood which was 'Padosan' he played the role of a Buffoon which was nicely done.His other films like Na Jaye(74) Nagin(76) Jani Dushman(79) Shaan((80) were hits where as Man ka Meet and Reshma Aur Shera were flops.Sunil Dutt  was also busy in Punjabi films.
In 1981 his wife Nargis died  with pancreas Cancer even though she was given good treatment.Sunil Dutt after wards joined Politics.He was leading a happy marriage life with Nargis from 1959 till her death in 1981 and they have three children; two daughters and one son.To launch his son as a film star he produced 'Rocky'  which was released in 1981 and was a big success.His daughter Namrata has married actor Rajendra Kumar's son Kumar Gaurav who is an actor.
As a politician also Sunil Dutt was well appreciated.He was congress M.P. from a Mumbai constituency for five times and worked as Cabinet Minister also.
He was recipient of Filmfare Life time achievement Award in 1995.
He got Best actor award from filmfare in 1963
He got Best Actor award from filmfare in 1965 also.
He was given Padma Shree from Government of India in 1968.
In 1982 as an honor he was made the Sheriff of Mumbai.
In 2005 he was given Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
Sunil Dutt died on May 25, 2005 at his residence in Bandra,Mumbai because of Heart Attack.
Selected Filmography
Railway Platform
Ek Hi Rasta
Mother India
Hum Hindustani
Main Chup Rahungi
Mujhe Jeene Do
Yeh Raste Hai Pyar Ke
Aaj Aur Kal
Mera Saaya
Reshma Aur Shera
Geeta Mera Naam
36 Ghante
Kaala Aadmi
Daaku Aur Jawan
Jaani Dushman
Badle ki Aag
Dard ka Rista
Raj Tilak
Dharan Yudh
Yeh Aag kab Bhujegi
Parampara Kshatriya
Munnabhai M.B.B.S.

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