Nutan Bahl was an old Indian actress. She was born on 4 June in 1936 in Bombay. She appeared in many old Hindi films. She played as an actress for forty years career. She is one of the best actresses in the Hindi film industry. She is famous for playing many unconventional roles for which she received many awards and praises.
She started her career in 1950 when her age was just 14 for the film Hamari Beti. The film was directed by Shobha Samarth, her mother. After that, she played many famous roles in many other films like Nagina, Humlog in 1951. The movie that brought her fame and name was in 1955 was Seema. She also won Best Actress award in Filmfare Awards.
She then got many other offers to play the lead roles in their movies. Throughout the 1960s until late 1970s, she won the awards again four times for the films Bandini in 1963, Sujata in 1959, Milan in 1967 and Mein Tulsi Tere Angan Ki in 1978. During the 1980s, she portrayed in many roles and was still acting until her death.
During her old age, she played in many mother roles in many films like Naam in 1986, Meri Jung in 1985, Saajan Ki Saheli in 1981 and many other films. She has won totally six Filmfare awards in her life. She won the sixth one for Meri Jung in 1985 for playing a mother role as the best supporting actress. All other five awards that she won were for best actress awards.
Her record of holding 6 Filmfare awards which Kajol, her niece broke the record in 2011. She held the record for over 30 years. She was also awarded Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 1974. Even Britannica Encyclopedia has written that she had developed her acting style that was very natural and very different from other actresses under the direction of Bimal Roy.
Rediff also wrote that she was the third greatest actress of all time in 2011. Then she was included in the 25 greatest performances in Indian film industry for her performance in the film Bandini. Even Forbes India wrote many articles about her acting skills. She influenced many other famous actresses who came after her like Smitha Patel and Sadana. She married Rajnish Bah on 11 October 1959.
She died of cancer in 1991. She is survived by her son
Mohnish Bahl, who is an actor in many Hindi films and TV shows. Many biographical books were written about her. A book Nutan which was written by Lalita Tamane a famous Marathi book writer depicted a narrative by her. The book contained all about the life experiences, achievements of Nutan. Even recently in February 2011, a postage stamp was released by Minister for Communication and Information of India in her honor. But unfortunately, she died on 21 February in 1991.