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Monish Behl... Nutan's son

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Nutan

Name: Nutan Samarth
Family: Husband-Naval Lieutenant Commander-Rajneesh Behl, Son-Mohnish behl
Debut Film: Humari Beti
Nutan's Profile

Nutan had the most piercing screen eyes of any actress in a film-land that consists of woman of piercing eyes. The only other Hindi actress who could hold a torch to Nutan's soul searing gaze was her contemporary Suchitra Sen. Her career spanned over 30 years, she appeared in over 100 films winning 5 Filmfare (Indian Oscars) Best Actress awards. In Bimal Roy's tragedy, Bandini, Nutan gave one of greatest performances in Hindi cinema as a woman in an impossible love affair who commits murder and her search for some form of salvation from her act.

Nutan

Nutan, the daughter of actress Shobhana Samarth, grew up full of complexes. Though renowned for her beauty later, she was dismissed by unfeeling relatives as skinny and ugly. Undeterred, Shobana Samarth launched her in Humari Beti (1950). Hum Log (1951) and Nagina (1951) both proved popular but Nutan got her major breakthrough and respectability as an actress par excellence with Seema (1955) where she played a delinquent in a reform home. It was a powerhouse performance and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Subsequently whether it was the lighthearted Paying Guest (1957), or Dilli ka Thug (1958), where she performed with a frothy uninhibitedness comparable only to Madhubala, or Bimal Roy's intense Sujata (1959), which brought out the best in her as an artiste, Nutan was always matchless.

In 1959 Nutan married Naval Lieutenant Commander Rajneesh Behl and took a small break when her son Mohnish was born. She made a stinging comeback with Navketan's Tere Ghar ke Saamne (1963), a refreshing romantic comedy and Bimal Roy's Bandini (1963) boasting of possibly her greatest ever performance and certainly one of the greatest performances of Indian Cinema. The film tells the story of a woman prisoner charged with murder. Totally devoid of highly charged emotion and theatrics, Nutan appears as a quiet woman with her passions raging from within her and plays her role with great delicacy and dignity. One just has to see the entire gamut of emotions fleeting across her face in the film's key sequence as she murders her lover's wife. It is a masterful performance by an artiste supreme.

Nutan Nutan's career shone bright right through the 1960s and 1970s with strong performances in films like Milan (1967), Saraswatichandra (1968), Saudagar (1973), Sajan Bina Suhagan (1978), Kasturi (1978) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). She carries the last film entirely on her shoulders even though the sympathy is with the mistress rather than the wife, (Nutan).

Gradually, she began being saddled with mundane mother roles and barring Meri Jung (1985) none of her later films even remotely offered her any histrionic challenges. Even as she continued to act, her diary farm, her bhajan singing (she was actually blessed with a fine singing voice and did her own playback in Chabili (1960)) and her search for spirituality took up her time. When she died of cancer in 1991, Indian Cinema had lost one of its greatest performers.

 



Edited by murwareed - 08 June 2006 at 3:06pm

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Posted: 08 June 2006 at 3:07pm | IP Logged
ya i knew that...and he's also kajol's cousin Smile
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Knew that but I thought she was also the first Miss India. I read it some where. I will check again.
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Ya nd Nutan is Tanuja's(Kajol's mom) sis...
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Just found this article online as I was searching for something else. It is from Deccan Herald - Aug. 6th, 2004. The story is couple of years old but I didn't know of this sad incident and thought of posting it.


Doubts raised about death of Nutan's husband

A two-meter wire was found wrapped around his lower part of the body. The post-mortem revealed that death was due to powerful electric shock, not because of burns.

MUMBAI, DHNS:


Was it an accidental death in fire or suicide, or worse, a homicide? These are the questions that are being investigated by the police department after the inexplicable death of Lt Commander (retd) Rajneesh Behl, husband of actress of yesteryears late Nutan, on Wednesday.

Behl (77), father of Bollywood actor Mohnish Behl, was found charred in a massive fire that engulfed his penthouse where he was living alone - in the 32-storey highrise 'Sagar Sangeet' at Colaba in South Mumbai in the early hours that day.
The fire had started past midnight, and it took four hours for the fire brigade to put off the blaze.

The police and fire brigade personnel found a two-meter long wire wrapped around Rajneesh's lower part of the body. The post mortem conducted at G T Hospital revealed that the former naval commander died due to powerful electric shock, and not because of burns.

While the entire building was evacuated after the start of fire and even Mohnish Behl, his wife Ekta and their daughter were rescued by the firemen, Rajneesh Behl was not among them.

In his statement to police, Mohnish said he was just settling down on his return to watch a DVD with his wife and daughter Pranutan, he smelt something burning. As he rushed on to the terrace, he noticed the smoke billowing from the penthouse of his father.

Mohnish was not not sure whether his father was inside the flat, as he would always shuttle between Delhi and Mumbai, but realised that if he was inside, then he must have been trapped and he "could do nothing to save him." Mohnish first knocked the door to his father's flat but did not get any response; he then broke the door open but couldn't see anything because of smoke. He also called for his father, but just as he was about to enter an inside room when a fireman pulled him out.

The body of Rajneesh Behl was discovered after the fire was extinguished. According to forensic experts who conducted post-mortem, Rajneesh Behl's right ankle, knee, elbow and wrist bones were found to be fractured due to a powerful electric shock. An expert said Behl died "due to electric shock" and "died instantly", while the burns were sustained later in the fire.

Curiously, the fire brigade officials ruled out 'short circuit' as cause of the fire, and are investigating the cause of fire, while the police officials say fire started probably due to 'short circuit'. One senior police official attached to Colaba police station pointed out that the ceiling fan in Behl's penthouse had fallen and the wires got scattered here and there.

The wire found wrapped around Behl might be one of those snapped wires, the official said, adding "there appears to be no foul play in Behl's death".

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OK. I did research and I was partially right about Nutan being Miss India. She was not the first Miss India (first Miss India was Pramila in 1947) but Nutan won the Miss India title in 1951.
Here is an article to prove that:


Nutan
The elder daughter of actress Shobhana Samarth, Nutan was far ahead of her times. An individualistic person and a thinking actress, Nutan was dismissed as gawky and ugly in her childhood. But the ugly duckling, who was all arms and legs grew into a beauty. Her sensitive face, with its angles and planes, was said to be a photographer's delight.

Contrary to the serene image that she projected, Nutan was quite a firebrand. She went to a Swiss finishing school; wore a swimsuit for her film Dilli Ka Thug; dragged her mother to court for misappropriation of funds and reportedly slapped Sanjeev Kumar for allegedly making a pass at her.! She even had a Miss India (1951) title to her credit.

As an actress Nutan could convey more through a single glance or a fleeting look than most could with lengthy dialogues. And her forte was not just melodramatic tearjerkers in which she came out tops with her restrained and dignified performance, but also lighthearted, urbane romantic comedies.

Nutan had essayed a small role as a child aritiste in the mid-40s Nal Damayanti. But Shobhana was surprised when Chandulal Shah offered to cast her adolescent daughter opposite stars like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in his next film. Shobhana finally detected that special, lit-up quality in her fourteen year old daughter's eyes. Chandulal Shah's offer fell through. But Shobhana Samarth launched Nutan as an artiste in the aptly-named film, Hamari Beti, 1950. The film didn't make Nutan a star but the very next year, the success of Nagina and Hum Log ensured middle-level stardom for Nutan. Nagina was an adults-only film. She was not allowed to watch her own film as she was still underage!!

Despite her early success, for the next few years, she didn't make much headway. Her mother Shobhana sent Nutan to La Chatelaine, a finishing school in Switzerland. After returning from Switzerland, Nutan got her major breakthrough and respectability as an actress par excellence with Amiya Chakraborty's Seema, 1955 where she played a delinquent in a reform home. It was a powerhouse performance and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Whether it was the frothy, the lighthearted Paying Guest, 1957, or Dilli ka Thug1958, where she performed with a frothy uninhibitedness comparable only to Madhubala, or Bimal Roy's classic Sujata, 1959, which brought out the best in her as an artiste, Nutan was always matchless.

In 1959, the year in which she rode high with hits like Sujata and Anadi, Nutan married Naval Lieutenant Commander Rajneesh Behl and took a small break when her son Mohnish was born. In 1963 she made a stinging comeback with two diametrically different films--Navketan's Tere Ghar ke Saamne, a refreshing romantic comedy and Bimal Roy's sombre Bandini, boasting of possibly her greatest ever performance and certainly one of the greatest performances of Indian Cinema.Paired opposite Ashok Kumar, the film revolves around a woman prisoner charged with murdering her lover's wife. Nutan managed to capture the tumultuous emotions of the woman prisoner without giving way to high-voltage theatrics and rhetoric. With grace, dignity, and an eerie calmness, she seared the silver screen with an entire gamut of emotions in the scene where she commits the murder. Bandini rightfully fetched her another Filmfare award.

Nutan worked with almost all the top heroes of her era, beginning from Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar, Rajinder Kumar and Kishore Kumar. She proved to be a perfect foil for the eccentric genius Kishore Kumar and the suave Dev Anand.

Right through the sixties and seventies, Nutan continued to wow audiences with films like Milan in 1967, Saraswatichandra in 1968, Saudagar in 1973, Saajan Bina Suhagan in 1978, Kasturi in 1978 and award winning performance in Raj Khosla's Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki in 1978. Gradually, she began being saddled with mundane mother roles, where she excelled in films like Meri Jung in 1985, Naamand Karma in 1986.

Unfortunately, she was hardly offered any challenging role in the later years of her career. However, Nutan continued to keep herself busy with her bhajan singing (she was blessed with a fine voice and did her own playback in Chabili, 1960), her dairy farming. She died in 1991, succumbing to cancer. With her death, Indian cinema lost one of its most sensitive performer ever.



Edited by jaysp - 08 June 2006 at 10:20pm

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Wink Thanks. Good to learn so many interesting stories. Wink
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ummmm, ok... Didn't know any of this... Thanks for sharing

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