Sunil Dutt was born on June 6, 1930 . Born as Balraj Dutt was
an Indian Bollywood actor, producer, director and politician. He was the
cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Manmohan Singh
government (2004-2005). His son, Sanjay Dutt, is currently also a Bollywood
Sunil Dutt was born in the village of Khurd (now in Pakistan ). His family moved to
India during the Partition of India (1947). In Mumbai, he joined Jai Hind
College as an undergraduate and took up a job. A stroke of luck fetched him
an additional assignment with an advertisement company and he could
supplement his income by a few hundred more rupees.
Starting out in radio, Sunil Dutt was a hugely popular announcer on the
Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia. He
moved to acting in Hindi films. Sunil Dutt acted in several successful films from
1956. Sunil Dutt bagged his first film, 'Railway Platform' in 1955,
co-starring Nalini Jaywant. Sunil Dutt became a star with Mehboob Khan's
'Mother India' and simultaneously fell in love with Nargis when he saved her
from death by fire.
married Nargis on March 11, 1958. He had 1 son and 2 daughters. Sunil Dutt introduced his
son Sanjay in Rocky in 1981. In that same year, his wife died of pancreatic
cancer. He set up Nargis Dutt foundation in memory of his wife for the cure
of cancer patients. Sunil Dutt was also a sponsor of the India Project, a Nobel
Peace Prize-nominated organization akin to Operation Smile for the treatment
of Indian children with facial deformities.
Sunil Dutt then did several films where the heroine had the better roles, like
'Sujata', 'Bandini', 'Sadhana', 'Amrapali' and 'Mera Saaya'. His first film
as a producer, 'Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke' in 1963 dared to show the heroine
actually commiting adultery. In his next production, 'Mujhe Jeene Do' in
1963, he played a dacoit who kidnaps the heroine and also kills for profit.
He risked playing a cripple in 'Khandaan' and the buffoon in 'Padosan'.
After his film 'Reshma Aur Shera' bombed at the box-office, Sunil began
playing safe with films like 'Heera' and 'Zakhmee'.
In 1984 he joined the Congress (I) party and was elected to Parliament for
five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.
His political career was halted for some years in the early 1990s when he
worked to free his son from jail after he was arrested following
Hindu-Muslim clashes in Mumbai.
Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai in his sleep.
His seat in Parliament will be contested by his daughter, Priya Dutt.
AWARDS AND HONOURS :
1963 - Filmfare Best Actor Award, Mujhe Jeeno Do
1965 - Filmfare Best Actor Award, Khandaan
1995 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
1998 - Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
2001 - Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
Sunil Dutt was a recipient of the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest
civilian award from the Government of India.
ABOUT HIM :
Birth name: Balraj Dutt
Date of Birth: 6 June 1930
Date of death: 25 May 2005
Height: 6' or 1.83 m
Siblings: Sister and Brother
Children: Son Sanjay Dutt, Daughters Namrata and Priya
Marital status: Married
Education: Mumbai's Jai Hind college
Other facts: He was brought up by his uncle
Occupation: Bollywood Actor/Indian Politician
Debut Film: Railway Platform
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Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye
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