Sunil Dutt

  Hindi Film     Producer, Main Lead, Supporting Actor, Director    06 Jun 1930

Sunil Dutt – A competent actor who never got the place he deserved as an actor!  “Na Sar Jhuka Ke Jiyo, Na Sar Chupa Ke Jiyo Ghamon Ka Daur Bhi Aaye To Muskura Ke Jiyo “ Apt words to define Actor-Filmmaker cum Member of Parliament – Sunil Dutt who faced many agonies in life and yet kept moving with time fighting all the odds of life with a smile on his face and wounds buried deep inside his heart! A victim of horrifying partition, his family was a worst hit, but it was Dutt’s determination to win against the odds --- which made him a star. What also stood Sunil Dutt in his struggling days was his debonair personality, his gentleman attitude  and of course his sheer simplicity that won the hearts of legendary filmmakers like Bimal Roy, B R Chopra and Raj Khosla, who repeated him in their films and helped him in sailing his career smoothly. Further his willingness to experiment with his image won him many laurels.  From an adorable romantic hero in Sujata to the rugged dacoit in Mother India to a simpleton in Padosan to an outraged villain in 36 Ghante (1974) to the handicapped in Khandaan, Sunil Dutt portrayed many shades of character on silver screen but it is a tragedy that he never got the place that he deserved as an actor!
Screen Name/ Original Name   Sunil Dutt Balraj Dutt  
Parents   Diwan Raghunath Dutt & Kulwantdevi Dutt  
Siblings   Som Dutt – Brother Raj Rani Bali - Sister  
Spouse   Nargis (Famous Actress)  
Children   Sanjay Dutt (Famous Actor) Priya Dutt Namrata Dutt ( wife of Kumar Gaurav and Daughter-in-law of Rajendra Kumar)  
Early Life   Young Sunil Dutt faced trauma of Indo-Pak Partition Sunil Dutt was born in Khurd village, Jhelum district, Punjab Province, now in Pakistan.   When he was just 18 years old Indo- Pak partition broke out and his family was forced him to leave their house. During the Hindu Muslim riots his family was attacked but thanks to their close Muslim neighbor named Yakub, who helped them survive. They all came to India and settled in Mandauli in Yamuna Nagar, Punjab, Haryana.  Later Suil Dutt moved to Lucknow and spent a long time in Aminabad Galli during graduation. Here also he was supported by a Muslim lady Akhtar Begum. Later Dutt moved to Mumbai.  
Personal Life     Sunil Dutt’s first encounter with Nargis   Sunil Dutt first met Nargis on the sets of a film in 1953 where she was shooting.  He was there to interview her for the Radio Ceylon talk show. She was a huge star than and Dutt was still an aspiring actor but during the interview Dutt found Nargis to be humane and down to earth person and had an instant likening for her. After the first interview in 1953 Sunil Dutt got the opportunity to act opposite Nargis in 1957 for Mehboob Khan’s film Mother India. Incidentally in this film she acted as Dutt’s mother. During the shooting Dutt and Nargis became good friends.   Once Dutt’s sister was ill and advised operation but Dutt being new in Mumbai was in agony. That’s when Nargis helped him and saved his sister. Dutt was left overwhelmed and found in her a true human being and a woman who had both compassion and understanding.   Sunil Dutt rescues Nargis from blazing fire   During the shooting of Mother India in the climax there was a scene where Nargis is trapped in a blazing fire from all sides. Sunil Dutt who was on the set jumped into the fire to rescue her risking his life. The daring act of Dutt had an affectionate impact on Nargis and when the shy Dutt proposed her to merry she readily agreed. Though the two came from very different backgrounds, Dutt, son of a Punjabi and Nargis a daughter of Muslim yet the two lived a great married life.      
Career   Sunil Dutt worked at BEST as clerk In Mumbai Sunil Dutt had a tough time to survive hence in the morning he worked as a clerk at BEST and in the afternoon hunted film studios for work and in evening he completed his graduation at Jai Hind College. While hunting for role in films, Sunil Dutt got opportunity to work for Hindi service of Radio Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka). His job was to interview film celebrity for a sponsored Radio show - Filmi Khabrein.   It was during this show he met many film stars and was spotted by film director Ramesh Saigal, who introduced him in his film Railway Platform (1955). It was Ramesh Saigal who rechristened his from Balraj Dutt to Sunil Dutt because the film industry already had Balraj Sahni.    Sunil Dutt becomes star with Mother India The film Mother India played a vital role in Sunil Dutt’s career. First it brought bliss into Dutt’s life as he got married to Nargis, the women who stirred his raw life and also looked after his family. Secondly the movie established him as a star and he was flooded with offers.  Eminent filmmaker signed him most prominent being Bimal Roy (Sujata), Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Chhaya), B.R.Chopra (Sadhna), AVM pictures (Main Chup Rahungi) and Shakti Samanta (Insan Jaag Utha) all the movies were hit.     Sunil Dutt maintains his stardom in the romantic musical era of 60’s During the 60’s when the chocolate heroes like Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Joy Mukherjee, Manoj j Kumar were dominating Bollywood with romantic musical hits, Sunil Dutt maintained his stardom doing intense family dramas of the South filmmakers  like Khandaan, Beti Bete, Milan, Meherban etc. In addition he was the favorite of BR Films and gave many hits like Gumraah, Waqt, Humraaz. Further with Mehmood's Padosan Dutt proved he is indeed an actor par class.   Sunil Dutt’s turns Producer Dejected by run-of-the mill Bollywood films Sunil Dutt turned Producer in the early sixties and stunned the world of cinema with a couple of offbeat movies like Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke (1963), where heroine Leela Naidu has an adulterous relationship and Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) where he played a tough-as-nails dacoit. These films added to Dutt's reputation and commercial standing. His subsequent attempt at filmmaking, Yaadein (1964), where he was the only character in the film, however, was too difficult for the masses to digest. Hence to recover money Sunil Dutt produced a potboiler masala movie Nehle Pe Dehla (1976) and with the funds he again made social hard-hitting movies like Dard Ka Rishta (funds of which were donated to Cancer treatment cause). He also made a film on bridge burning issue Yeh Aag Kab Bhujhegi (1991).  
Awards   Padma Shri in 1968 Sheriff of Mumbai in 1982 Dadasaheb Phalke Academy in 2005 Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mujhe Jeene Do in 1963 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for Yaadein in 1964 Filmfare Best Actor Award for Khandan in 1965 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997  
Other works   He was active in Indian Politics   Sunil Dutt joined Congress (I) party in 1984 and was elected a Member of Parliament from North West Mumbai for five terms - 1984, 1989, 1991, 1999, and 2004.   He worked actively for the cause of slum dwellers. In 2004 he was appointed India’s Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, a post he held until his death.  
Milestones   Mother India immortalized Sunil Dutt but the role was offered to Dilip Kumar!!! The movie that made Sunil Dutt immortal is unarguable Mother India but few may know that Sunil Dutt got the film accidently and it made his fortune. Actually filmmaker Mehboob Khan was keen on casting thespian Dilip Kumar as Birju but since it was Nargis son’s role hence Dilip Kumar declined arguing the audience will reject him as Nargis son. After Dilip Kumar declined the role of Birju; filmmaker Mehmoob Khan had decided to cast a Hollywood actor Sabu Dastagir and he was signed for huge amount. He came to India and was lodged at Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai but before the film shooting could commence he was frustrated at the constant delays and obstacles which even cancelled his work permit visa and he packed to the US. Eventually Mehboob Khan eyed on the young actor Sunil Dutt and worked rigorously on his language, his body movement and his histrionic and extracted the performance that made Sunil Dutt and immortal actor.   Death                                     Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack on 25 May 2005                

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