Sunil Dutt was a great actor, director, producer, and politician. He was named Balraj Dutt at his birth on 6th of June, 1929, in Khurd village, Jhelum district, Punjab province, British India. His father departed from this world when Dutt was only five years old. His family moved to a small village called Mandauli in Yamuna Nagar district that is in Haryana after the Partition of India. After this, Dutt moved to Lucknow, where he spent time till he graduated.
After this, he moved to Bombay, joined Jai Hind College for his undergraduate studies and started working at the city’s BEST transport division. Sunil Dutt worked in the oldest radio station in South Asia called Radio Ceylon, and was immensely popular in the Hindi service. Later, he started his career in Hindi films with the movie “Railway Platform”, released in the year 1955. The 1957 film, “Mother India”, also starring Nargis, brought him a lot of fame and success.
He won Nargis’ love during the making of this film, and they got married on March 11, 1958. His son,
, is also a famous actor. He also has two daughters, Priya, and Namrata. Priya is a politician just like her father. Dutt starred in many successful films such as “Sadhna” (1958), “
” (1965) and “
” (1967). Dutt also directed and starred in the unique film “Yaadein,” as the only actor. He also produced the 1968 film, “Man Ka Meet”, and introduced his brother, Som Dutt, into the industry.
Dutt also launched his son, Sanjay’s career with the film “
” released in 1981. A little while before this film’s release, his wife, Nargis, died of pancreatic cancer. In her memory, he founded the Nargis Dutt Foundation, focussed on the cure of cancer patients. He was also a sponsor of the India Project, for the treatment of children with facial deformities. The Maharashtra government appointed him as the Sheriff of Mumbai for a year, in 1982. He retired from his film career in the early 90’s, to become a politician. He won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, for his contribution to Indian cinema, spanning four decades. Dutt had a heart attack and passed away at his residence in Mumbai, on 25th of May, 2005.