Today is Nutan’s birthday. The famed actress would have turned 81 if she were alive. In honor of her 81st birthday, Google took to the Google Doodle to celebrate the day. Nutan’s acting career lasted over four decades, which is one hell of a feat for an actress. They say actresses don’t last a lifetime, but Nutan is an exception! Today’s generation might not be familiar with the gorgeous actress so we have brought to you Nutan’s wiki to know more about the late actress.
Nutan was Crowned Miss India in 1952
Nowadays, winning the Miss India crown is a gateway to Bollywood. No doubt the trendsetter was Nutan when she won the beauty contest in 1952. With a lissom figure and her enticing charm, Nutan’s face was considered one of the most photogenic faces in the Indian cinema. What many don’t know is that Nutan was launched two years before winning Miss India by her actress mother Shobhana Samarth. The Filmfare once said that she was on par with Dilip Kumar among the females. Such was the beauty queen and skilled actress Nutan.
She belonged to the Mukherjee-Samarth Family, A Family Which Reigned the Bollywood for Years
Nutan was born on June 4, 1936, in Mumbai, India. She was the daughter of renowned actress Shobhana Samarth and Kumarsen Samarth who was a director and a poet. She was the granddaughter of actress Rattan Bai. Nutan had two younger sisters Tanuja and Chatura and a younger brother. Nutan’s parents got divorced when she was 13 years old. No doubt acting ran in her blood. Tanuja’s daughter Kajol is Nutan’s niece.
Nutan’s Movies: A Versatile Actress who Hypnotised the Audience with her Mesmerising Acting & Expressive Eyes
Nutan made her Bollywood debut at the tender age of 14 with the 1950 movie Hamari Beti. Her talent came out in the public eye after her stellar performance in Amiya Chakrabarty’s Seema which came out in 1955. Nutan won her first Filmfare Award for the Best Actress for Seema. Nutan has given countless outstanding performances in movies, some of the most notable ones are Chhalia (1960), Saraswatichandra (1968), Devi (1970), Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978) and Bandini (1963). By far, Bandini is considered one of her best acting performances till date. She even acted in some blockbuster films like Meri Jung (1985), Naam (1986) and Karma (1986). She was paired with Dilip Kumar, the acting maestro for the first time in Karma.
In the 1950s, Nutan quit films and moved to Switzerland as the success became too hot to handle. She returned and married Bahl. Her return marked the most successful phase of her acting career.
She was Fond of Hunting
Coming from a renowned family of the acting industry, Nutan had a lot of royal traits in her. One of the most talked about things was her love for hunting.
Nutan’s Family: Husband, Son & Granddaughter
Nutan married naval commander Rajnish Bahl on October 11, 1959. She gave birth to a son in 1961, Mohnish Bahl, who went on to become a well-known face in the Indian Television industry. Mohnish Bahl’s daughter Pranutan Bahl, who is Nutan’s granddaughter is often referred to as the younger version of Nutan. It isn’t hard to guess the young beauty is named after her grandmother.
She is the Most-Awarded Female Actress of Filmfare
Nutan holds the record for winning the most awards awarded to a female. She holds a total of six awards which is on par with Jaya Bachchan. Nutan has won the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress for movies Seema (1956), Sujata (1959), Bandini (1963), Milan (1967) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). She won the Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actress in Meri Jung (1958).
Nutan Died due to Cancer
In 1990, Nutan was diagnosed with breast cancer. The next year in February, she was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai as her illness grew severe. She took her last breath on February 21, 1990. Nutan’s husband died in 2004 after a fire broke in his apartment.
In 2011, Rediff listed Nutan as the Third Greatest Actress of All Time
In 2011, Rediff released their list of ‘The Greatest Actresses of All Time.’ To no surprise, Nutan was listed at the third spot. Nutan’s acting has been appreciated by one and all and we wish there were more such actresses like her in today’s age.
Forbes India listed Nutan’s Performance in Bandini in the 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema
In honor of the completion of 100 years of Indian cinema, Forbes released a list of the ‘25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema.’ Nutan’s performance in Bandini made it to the coveted list. Nutan portrayed the role of a young woman madly in love, who went on to murder her lover’s wife. Her expressions in the scene where she is about to commit the murder are still considered to be iconic. Her performance is arguably one of the best displays of acting skills by an Indian actress till date.
Nutan’s legacy lives forever and we only wish we could witness her perform in front of our eyes. Nutan will be idolized forever and we are thankful that we are able to see such milestone films because of great actors and actresses like her. For more such interesting information, stay glued to SocioFreak.