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Sunil Dutt

Sunil Dutt
Born Balraj Dutt
(1929-06-06)6 June 1929
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Died 25 May 2005(2005-05-25) (aged 75)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, producer, director, politician
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Nargis (1958–1981; her death)
Children Sanjay Dutt, Priya Dutt, and Namrata Dutt

Sunil Dutt (6 June 1929 – 25 May 2005), born Balraj Dutt, was an Indian movie actor, producer, director and politician. He was the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Manmohan Singh government (2004 – 2005). His son, Sanjay Dutt, is also an actor, while daughter Priya Dutt, a former Member of Parliament.[1]

In 1968, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. In 1984 he joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to Parliament of India for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • Awards and honours 4
  • Selected filmography 5
  • Further reading 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Sunil Dutt was born on 6 June 1929 in Khurd village, Jhelum district, Punjab Province, British India. When he was five years old, Dutt's father died. When he was 18, the Partition of India began inciting Hindu-Muslim violence across the country. A Muslim named Yakub, who had been friends with Dutt's father, saved their entire family.[2] The family resettled in a small village on the bank of river Yamuna called Mandauli in Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana. Later he moved to Lucknow and spent a long time in Aminabad Galli during graduation. He then moved to Bombay, where he joined Jai Hind College as an undergraduate and took up a job at the city's BEST Transport division.


Starting out in radio, Sunil Dutt was hugely popular on the Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia. He moved to acting in Hindi films and got introduced to the film industry with the 1955 film Railway Platform. He shot to stardom in the 1957 film Mother India in which he co-starred with Nargis, whom he married on 11 March 1958. In the film, Dutt played a short-tempered, angry son of Nargis. During the making of this film a fire accident happened on the sets. It is believed that Dutt braved the raging fire to save Nargis and thereby won her love. He had one son Sanjay Dutt, also a successful film actor and two daughters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt. His daughter Namrata married Kumar Gaurav, son of Rajendra Kumar. The two fathers were co-stars in Mother India.

Dutt was one of the major stars of Hindi cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s and continued to star in many successful films which included Sadhna (1958), Sujata (1959), Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Khandan (1965) and Padosan (1967). His collaboration with B.R. Chopra proved to be successful in films such as Gumraah (1963), Waqt (1965) and Hamraaz (1967). One of his favourite writers and friends was Aghajani Kashmeri. Dutt created a record of sorts by directing and starring in the unique film Yaadein (1964) in which he was the only actor in the cast. He later turned producer of the 1968 film Man Ka Meet which introduced his brother Som Dutt who was unsuccessful in films. In 1971 he produced, directed and starred in the big-budget period romantic film Reshma Aur Shera (1971) which was a huge failure at the box office. He continued to star in hit films which included Heera (1973), Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974), Nagin (1976) andJaani Dushman (1979). He also starred in a series of Punjabi religious movies in the 1970s: Man Jeete Jag Jeet (1973), Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam (1974), and Sat Sri Akal (1977).

He launched his son Sanjay Dutt's career with the film Rocky in 1981 which was a success. Shortly after the film's release, Dutt's wife died of Operation Smile for the treatment of Indian children with facial deformities.

In 1982 he was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai, an apolitical titular position, a position bestowed on him by the Maharashtra government for the period of a year. He turned character actor in 1980s often playing an elderly police officer or family patriarch at the centre of family feuds. He retired from the film industry in the early 1990s to turn to politics after his last few film releases including Parampara (1992) and Kshatriya (1993). 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 for keeping an AK-56, a Pistol and hand grenades – which he claimed was for protection of his family after bomb blasts in Mumbai.

In 1995 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for four decades. He returned to films shortly before his death in the 2003 film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.. In this film he shared the screen with son Sanjay for the first time although they had both appeared earlier in Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993).


Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack on 25 May 2005 at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai.[3] His seat in Parliament was contested by his daughter, Priya Dutt, who won it and was a member of parliament from North West Mumbai between November 2005–April 2014.

Awards and honours

Selected filmography

Acting Filmography
Film Role
Railway Platform (1955) Ram
Kundan (1955) Amrit
Ek Hi Raasta (1956) Amar
Kismet Ka Khel (1956) Pratap
Mother India (1957) Birju
Sadhna (1958) Mohan
Sujata (1959) Adhir
Insaan Jaag Utha (1959) Ranjeet
Ek Phool Char Kaante (1960) Sanjeev
Hum Hindustani (1960) Surendra Nath
Chhaya (1961) Arun / Rahee
Main Chup Rahoongi (1962) Kamal Kumar
Gumraah (1963) Rajendra
Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) Thakur Jarnail Singh
Nartaki (1963) Professor Nirmal Kumar
Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963) Anilkumar G. Sahni
Aaj Aur Kal (1963) Dr. Sanjay
Beti Bete (1964) Ramu
Yaadein (1964) Anil
Gazal (1964) Ejaz
Khandan (1965) Govind
Waqt (1965) Ravi
Mera Saaya (1966) Thakur Rakesh Singh
Hamraaz (1967) Kumar
Meherbaan (1967)
Milan (1967) Gopi
Padosan (1968) Bhola
Jwala (1971) (This was Madhubala's last movie)
Reshma Aur Shera (1971) Shera Zameen Asmaan
Heera (1973) Heera
Geeta Mera Naam (1974) Johnny
36 Ghante (1974) Himmat
Zakhmee (1975)
Nagin (1976) Professor Vijay
Darinda (1977)
Paapi (1977) Raj Kumar
Kala Aadmi (1978) Birjoo
Daaku Aur Jawaan (1978)
Jaani Dushman (1979) Lakhan
Ahinsa (1979) Birju
Shaan (1980) Inspector Shiv Kumar
Rocky (1981) Rocky's Father (Guest Appearance)
Badle Ki Aag (1982) Lakhan
Dard Ka Rishta (1982) Dr Ravi
Raaj Tilak (1984) Jai Singh
Faasle (1985) Vikram
Dharam Yudh (1989)
Kurbaan (1991) Prithvi Singh
Yeh Aag Kab Bhujegi (1991)
Parampara (1992) Thakur Bhavani Singh
Phool (1993) Balram Choudhary
Kshatriya (1993) Maharajah Bhavani Singh
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) Hariprasad Sharma

Further reading

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dutt: Memories of our Parents, Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya Dutt, 2007, Roli Books. ISBN 978-81-7436-455-5.[8]
  • Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt, Kishwar Desai. 2007, Harper Collins. ISBN 978-81-7223-697-7.

See also


  1. ^ "Current Lok Sabha Members Biographical Sketch". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "'We all are one, whichever religion we belong to'". 25 May 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bollywood legend Sunil Dutt dies". BBC News. 25 May 2005. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Sunil Dutt – film star, peace activist, secularist, politician extraordinary". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 26 May 2005. 
  6. ^ "Phalke award for B.R. Chopra : Happenings News". ApunKaChoice.Com. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tribute to a son of the soil". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 25 May 2007. 
  8. ^ To Mr. and Mrs. Dutt, with love (Literary Review) The Hindu, 7 October 2007.

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