week in the spotlight for Fragrance of Yesteryears, we have a
multi-talented and much-loved personality taking the hot seat. An actor,
producer, director, and politician, we shed some light on the late
Dutt was born on June 6th, 1929 in Jhelum, Punjab, British India. After
the eventual partition of India and Pakistan, he moved to a small
village, Mandoli, and then later to Mumbai to make his dream of becoming
an actor come true.
career in media began at the long serving Hindi radio station, Radio
Ceylon. He then slowly went on to debut on the big screen with Railway Platform
in 1955. However, it was not until 1957 when he starred in the evergreen Mother India
alongside the ethereal Nargis
he managed to successfully secure his name and fame within the Indian
film industry. Rumor has it that during the shooting of Mother India
a fire erupted on the sets where Dutt saved Nargis
, thereby winning her
love and marrying her the next year on March 11, 1958. The couple have a
son, Sanjay Dutt
, also a successful Bollywood actor, and two daughters,
Priya and Namrata Dutt.
During the 50s and 60s, Dutt appeared in numerous movies such as Sadhna
(1959), Mujhe Jeene Do
(1965), and Padosan
(1967). His first film production was the 1968 Mann ka Meet
introducing his brother Som Dutt into the film arena. A few years
later, in 1971, Sunil Dutt
produced and directed the self-starrer, Reshma Aur Shera
, which did not perform well at the box office. Dutt then continued to star in hit films such as Nagin
(1976), Jaani Dushman
(1979), and Shaan
has also bagged many prestigious accolades at various award functions such as the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor in Mujhe Jeene Do
and 1965, respectively. He has also won the Lifetime Achievement Awards
at the Filmfare Awards in 1995, Star Screen Awards in 1998, and Zee
Cine Awards in 2001.
Starting the 90s, Dutt retired from acting, only appearing alongside his son in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. in
2003. He shifted his focus to politics full-time, having
previous brief experience in the early 80s. He was appointed as the
cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in 2004. However, the
position only lasted for a year due to his demise as a result of a
cardiac arrest during his sleep on May 25th, 2005.
Did you know?
- Sunil Dutt has starred in multiple Punjabi religious movies including Man Jeete Jag Jeet (1973), Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam (1974) and Sat Sri Akal (1977).
- His birth name was Balraj Dutt.
the death of his wife, Dutt set up a foundation in her memory called
the Nargis Dutt Foundation which serves cancer patients.
- Although they appeared in Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993), Sunil and Sanjay Dutt did not appear in any scenes together until Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Writer: Fariha L.
Editors: Saraa K. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Saraa K.