Nargis Dutt was indeed the first lady of Indian screen. She was the first superstar. Nargis was the first actor to be paid Rs 1 lakh, even
did not get paid that much of money back then. It was the talk of the industry. Her method of acting is still studied and emulated by other generation actresses. She began her career as a child artiste in Talash-E-Haq (1935) and later on went to act in films like Mother India (1957) which was shortlisted for Oscar. This film even today remains as the greatest work of Bollywood. In this film, she played an older woman than herself as Radha, and despite being aged 26 then, she played the role of wife, a single mother and aged mother of two sons. Nargis, who was then the reigning queen of Indian Cinema took this role as a challenge and Mother India, is still regarded as Nargis’ best performance.
After seeing her work in Mother India,
wanted to cast her in his film, but she refused. Before Mother India, Nargis appeared as glamorous girl opposite
and portrayed the feisty characters. Her pairing with Raj Kapoor is still being considered the immortal pair in Indian film industry. They both went to act in as many as 16 films, six of which were RK Banner Productions. Raj Kapoor and Nargis were the first Indian stars who became popular in Russia and England. Nargis made a super-hit pair with Raj Kapoor in films like Barsaat, Awara, and Aag and had been immortalised in the RK banner. She dated actor Raj Kapoor for many years, but after Raj Kapoor had refused to divorce his wife, she ended her relationship with Raj Kapoor.
She married her co-star
who saved her from a fire tragedy that broke out during the shooting of ‘Mother India’. Although, Sunil Dutt was younger than Nargis, the couple married on 11 March 1958 and had three children (Sanjay, Namrata, and Priya). She gave up her stardom and was happy to reveal her role as a mother. Later, she helped Sunil Dutt in his production films that were made without much consideration of box-office prospects. Her last film was Raat Aur Din, which fetched her national award. She developed pancreatic cancer and underwent treatment in
but when she came to India, her condition deteriorated, and she died on May 3, 1981. This veteran actress was born in Kolkata on June 1, 1929.
She was also a Rajya Sabha member and even worked for Spastics Society of India. She was the first actress to take her troupe to the Indo-Pakistan border to uplift their courage and morals. In 2015, Google paid stunning black and white doodle of Nargis Dutt in India’s homepage to commemorate her 86th birthday.
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Nargis is truly a charming star and she could very well be a strong contender for the most desirable woman of yesteryears. She undertook the simple and the glamorous roles with equal elan. Mother India is a memorable film in which this beauty was noticed by everyone with her stupendous performance of an impoverished parent.
Born on 1st June 1929, the real name of Nargis is Fatima Rashid. She entered the film industry as a child artist in the 1935 flick Talash E Haq. Later, Nargis went on to act in several movies. The 40s and 50s were the heydays of her career since she worked in flicks like Andaz, Barsaat, Deedar, Awaara, Shree 420 and Chori Chori. She received the prestigious Filmfare award for her heart-rending performance in Mother India. She also won the best actress award at Czhechoslovakia’s film awards for this film.
The romance between Nargis and Raj Kapoor was much talked about at that time. She worked with him in Shree 420 and Awara. But Raj Kapoor, who was already a family man, didn’t marry her and Nargis put a full stop to their relationship.
In1958 Nargis was wedded to Sunil Dutt. Eventually, she quit film industry. The 1967 flick Raat Aur Din was her last movie. Nargis and Sunil Dutt are blessed with three children, one being
, who is also a popular star. It is being said that Sunil Dutt saved this graceful actress from a fire mishap during the filming of Mother India and love blossomed between them. Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe is an initiative of Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Nargis was also involved with the helping of spastic children.
Nargis died of pancreatic cancer. Nargis Dutt road in Mumbai is named after her. Nargis is the first film celebrity to be bestowed with Padma Shri, and also the first to win the National Award, for Raat Aur Din.
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Nargis was born on June 1st, 1929 in Calcutta Bengal province. She was called as Fatima Rashid but known by her screen name Nargis. She was a great Indian film actress. She made her debut on screen as a young child in TALASH-E-HAQ at the age of 14th in 1935, but her acting career began with TAMMANA film. During the period from the 1940s to the 1960s, she appeared in many films and some of them were critically appreciated films and in many of the movies, she shared screen space with the veteran actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor.
She was praised for her best-known roles was that of character RADHA in Mother India and also, this film yielded huge amount at the box-office. She won the Best Actress award at the Film Fare Awards. Nargis married her co-star, actor Sunil and she finally determined to quit the film industry. She joined her hands with her husband, and they have formed the Arts Cultural Troupe, which select most crucial actors and singers at the time and held many stage shows in the border areas.
She became the first patron of uncoordinated person Society of India and her Predominant work with the organization brought her recognition as a high social welfare.