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Overview (4)

Born in Jhelum, Punjab, British India
Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India  (heart attack)
Birth NameBalraj Dutt
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor, social activist and politician. Sunil Dutt wore many hats and excelled in a plethora of roles that came his way - both on and off screen.

Born on June 6th, 1929, Sunil Dutt grew up as Balraj Dutt in a family that had survived the Partition of India. A student of Mumbai's Jai Hind college, he first started off as radio show host and celebrity interviewer, which led to his first encounter with the glamor world.

Interestingly, wife-to-be Nargis was one of the celebrities he met in the course of his work. Soon, Dutt got a chance to enter the film-world, when director Ramesh Saigal offered him the hero's role in his Nalini Jaywant starrer 'Railway Platform' (1955).

'Ek Hi Raasta' (1956), marked the start of a seven-film long association with B R Chopra. Dutt's true breakthrough came with Mehboob Khan's magnum opus 'Mother India' (1957).

His portrayal of Birju, Nargi's rebellious younger son, portrayed a raw, urgent energy. Dutt's association with Nargis in the movie resulted in a more serious one, when he married her after the release of the film.

Dutt's role in women-oriented films like 'Sadhna' (1958), 'Sujata' (1959) and 'Main Chup Rahungi' (1962) were well-appreciated. Noted filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherji and B R Chopra dared to defy Sunil Dutt's established rebellious Birju image and cast him as a sensitive lover.

Dutt turned producer in the early sixties with a couple of offbeat movies - 'Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke' (1963), where heroine Leela Naidu has an adulterous relationship and 'Mujhe Jeene Do' (1963) where he played a dacoit.

In his cinematic association with B R Chopra, Dutt gave three big hits in the sixties - 'Gumraah' (1963), 'Waqt' (1965) and 'Humraaz' (1967). He also worked with South Indian filmmakers, which resulted in emotion-heavy, rural-based hits with Nutan like 'Khandaan' and 'Milan'.

In 1967, he had a hat-trick of hits with 'Milan', 'Meherban' and 'Humraaz'. His role of a buffoon in Mehmood's 'Padosan' (1968) was much appreciated.

In 1981, Dutt's world was rocked when his wife Nargis died after a protracted battle with her cancer. He later joined politics and social work.

But the actor in Dutt continued to surface during the last decade with movies with select filmmakers like J P Dutta 'Kshatriya' and Yash Chopra 'Parampara'. His last screen cameo was in Rajkumar Hirani's immensely popular laugh riot 'Munnabhai MBBS', where he played on-screen father to his son Sanjay.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Arun

Spouse (1)

Nargis (1959 - 3 May 1981) ( her death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (32)

Father of Sanjay Dutt, son-in-law of Jaddanbai and brother-in-law of Anwar Hussain
Has three children: one son, Bollywood actor, Sanjay Dutt, and two daughters, Namrata and Priya. His daughter-in-law, Sanjay's first wife, died of cancer. His second daughter-in-law is Rhea Pillai.
Prior to his death, he was youth affairs and sports minister with the ruling Congress coalition government. He was a popular politician and one of the first actors from Bombay's huge movie industry to enter politics. He was elected five times as a member of parliament.
His daughter (Namrata) is actor Kumar Gaurav's wife and actor Rajendra Kumar's daughter-in-law.
Declared his assets of around 200 million Rupees before going for elections.
Sunil Dutt's daughter, Priya, will be the Congress party candidate for the Bombay North West Constituency, which was represented by her dad.
Besides being a big supporter of secularism, he was totally against the concept of dowry and it is said that he told his wife to come in the same dress that she wore during the wedding to his house. He also made a film "Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi" on this topic.
Survived a plane crash and a bad car accident.
Producer,Director Amar Jeet is married to Nargis's niece Rehana.
Former in law of Kailash and Mina Sharma ( Daughter in law Richa Sharma's parents).
Daughter Priya Dutt is married to Owen Roncon.
Starred in the shelved movie Gautam Pictures "Girftaar" (1981) Starring Sunil Dutt,Sanjeev Kumar,Jeetendra, Reena Roy, Amjad Khan, Music by R.D, Burman, Produced by Gautam Pictures, Directed by V.K.Sobti.12 Reels.
Sister named Rani Bali.
Nephew name is actor Nimai Bali. Nimai is the son of Rani Bali ( Sunil Dutt younger sister).
Sunil Dutt was much more than the suave hero, he was quite the Bollywood baddie. The actor played the role of a dacoit in 20 movies in his career.
Actor Baldev Khosa married Sunil Dutt's cousin.
Starred in the shelved movie "Krishan Kartar Karim " (Chor Aur Swami)(1980) Starring Sunil Dutt, Reena Roy, Amjad Khan, Parishat Sahni,Mehmood, Hercules, Directed by Imtiaz Khan.
Starred in the shelved film "Watan" (1976). Starring Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Sanjay Khan, Rekha, Prem Nath, Shakti Kapoor.Directed by Kanal Mishra.
Directed the shelved film, Ajanta Arts, Jab Pyar Hua Starring Mithun Chakraborthy, Sanjay Dutt, Padmini Kholapure,Music R.D. Burman, Produced and Directed by Sunil Dutt.
Starred in the shelved film Sone Ki Lanka, Starring Sunil Dutt, Jeetendra,Rekha, Neetu Singh,Prem Nath, Bindu, Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Produced by M.N. Bakia, Directed by Satpal.
In 1979, Sunil Dutt was producing a film titled "Maseeha" (Messiah) co starring Rakhee (Replaced Reena Roy). Dutt had first planned the film in the late 60's with Leena Chandarvarkar. When the film got shelved he launched Leena in Man Ka Meet . He started the film in 1979. The film once again was shelved when Nargis fell sick. Years later in 1990,Sunil Dutt wanted to make the film with Sanjay Dutt,Kumar Gaurav, Amrita Singh,Madhuri Dixit. The film was once again shelved after the announcement.
Starred in the shelved film Bhaggyashri Productions Mere Pati Ki Patni (1978). Starring Sunil Dutt, Rekha, Radha Saluja, Zarina Wahab,Music by Kalyanji Anandji, Directed by B.S.Thapa.
In 1986, daughter Priya traveled to New York to take a course in journalism. She lived with close family friends. While in New York she worked in a video film company learning how to edit films.
Had discovered the actress Madhushala and brought her into the film industry. He was going to launch her in a film when Dev Anand took interest in her and decided to make a film with her. He took her away from Sunil Dutt. Dev later decided to to launch Madhushala in a film but later dropped the idea.
In 1983 actor producer Roopesh Kumar launched the film "Insaan Ki Awaaz". The film was going to be directed by Sunil Dutt. Starring Sunil Dutt,Sanjeev Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha,Zeenat Aman,Padmini Kholapure. The film got shelved for unknown reasons.
There was a film being made titled Samandar that got shelved in 1975. Starring Sunil Dutt,Rekha, Nazneen,Dheeraj Kumar,Mukri.Bindu,Ranjeet, Mehmood . Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal, Produced by G.M. Roshan,Directed by Chand.
Starred in the shelved movie Kant Kumar Productions "Armaan"(1978).Starring Sunil Dutt,Randhir Kapoor, Neetu Singh,Asrani,Chadrashekhar,Prem Nath, Manju Bansal, Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Produced Kanta Kumar,Direcred by Ashok Roy.
Sunil Dutt starred in the shelved movie "Akela" opposite Reena Roy and his new actress discovery " Madhushala" . This was in the year 1975.
Sarwar Hussain ( Nargis's brother, actor Anwar Hussain's son) was the production controller of Sunil Dutt's home production Ajanta Arts. He later became Sunil Dutt's personal secretary.
Starred in the shelved film Mehboob Film Combines "Khuda Aur Insaan" (Pahad)(1976). Starring Sunil Dutt,Rajendra Kumar, Asha Parekh,Vidya Sinha,Vikram (Replaced Jeetendra),Sajid Khan,Simple Kapadia,Aruna Irani,Amjad Khan, Music Naushad, Produced by Johnny Bakshi,Directed by Naresh Kumar.
Discovered actress Anu Dhawan.
Starred in the shelved film "Ganga Ka Beta" (1979) directed by Kanak Misra. Starring Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna, Saira Banu, Reena Roy, Shakti Kapoor.

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