(Last Updated on : 04/02/2011)
Indian movie actor Sunil Dutt was born on June 6, 1929 in the Jhelum district of present day Pakistan. His initial name was Sunil Balraj Dutt. The actor was married to Bollywood actress Nargis
and had three children, Sanjay Dutt, the famous Bollywood superstar, Priya Dutt, and Namrata Dutt. Sunil Dutt was a renowned actor, filmmaker and even a politician. At an early age Dutt was exposed to life`s struggle after the death of his father. His family was headed by his uncle and at the time of the 1947 partition they came to India. The actor previously studied in Mumbai
`s Jai Hind College.
Sunil Dutt`s Film Career
Dutt began working as a radio show host for Radio Ceylon in the early 1950s.Dutt`s acting career began in 1955 with director Ramesh Saigal`s movie Railway Platform but remained unnoticed till Mehboob Khan`s Mother India
released in the year 1957. After working in this film Dutt emerged as an actor to be reckoned. After this success Dutt worked in commercial hits like Zakhmee, Umar Qaid, and Nehle Pe Dehla. All of the films came in the duration of 1970s and 1980s. He also played the roles of sensitive lover in movies like Sujata, Usne Kaha Tha, Chhaya and Sadhna.
Dutt showed his flair for humour in the all-time comedy hit Padosan with the greatest singer Kishor Kumar whereas he proved himself with an intense portrayal of a handicapped man in Khaandan in the 1960s. Some of the other remarkable films of Sunil Dutt can be mentioned as Bimal Roy`s Gaban, BR Chopra`s Waqt, Gumraah and Humraaz and A. Subba Rao`s Milan. Nagin and Jaani Dushman were also two blockbusters of Sunil Dutt. Dutt turned producer in the early sixties with a couple of offbeat movies like Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke, Mujhe Jeene Do and Yaadein. Apart from these he has also starred in many others movies such as Ek Phool Char Kaante (1960) Hum Hindustani (1960) Aaj Aur Kal (1963), Mera Saaya (1966), Meherbaan (1967), Reshma Aur Shera (1971), Heera (1973), Geeta Mera Naam (1974), 36 Ghante (1974), Darinda (1977), Paapi (1977), Kala Aadmi (1978), Shaan (1980), Badle Ki Aag (1982), Faasle (1985), Dharam Yudh (1989), Yeh Aag Kab Bhujegi (1991), Kshatriya (1993).
Sunil produced and directed Dard Ka Rishta through which he reflected the agony of a family dealing with the scourge of cancer. It was in memory of his late wife Nargis. He also introduced his son Sanjay Dutt to Bollywood with the movie Rocky in 1981 which went on to be a success in the box office. In the 1980s Sunil Dutt turned to playing character actor in the 1980s often playing an elderly police officer or family patriarch at the centre of family. He retired from the film industry in the early 1990s. he reappeared in the screen again in Rajkumar Hirani`s Munnabhai M.B.B.S where he acted with his son Sanjay Dutt in 2003.
After the death of his wife Nargis in 1981 due to cancer, he set up the Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation. In 1982 Dutt was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai. This apolitical position was conferred upon him by the government of Maharashtra for tenure of one year. After the films `Parampara` and `Kshatriya` which were released in 1992 in 1993 the actor began his political journey and continued his social activism. In a remarkable gesture for peace, he walked all the way from Mumbai to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to pray for peace in the days when Sikh militancy gripped Punjab
. He was successful in the field of politics also. Sunil Dutt was first elected to the Lok Sabha
in 1984. In his political career he won five times from the Mumbai North West constituency. He was appointed as the minister of youth and sports affairs last year under the UPA government.
Awards and Honours of Sunil Dutt
In the year 1963 Dutt got Filmfare Best Actor Award for the film Mujhe Jeene Do. In 1965 he won Filmfare Best Actor Award for Khandaan, in 1967 he won BFJA Best Actor for Milan. He was awarded with Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 while in 1998 he got Star Screen lifetime achievement award. In 2001 he got Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement. The actor Sunil Dutt was also awarded with the Padma Shri, India`s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India in 1968.Dutt was a recipient of the `Glory of India Award` by IIAF, London as well as the Phalke Ratna Award by the Dadasaheb Phalke
Academy in 2005.
Sunil Dutt was a man of nature and an actor worth competing with. The legendary actor died of a heart attack at his Bandra residence in 2005 at the age of 75.