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Full Name  Balraj Dutt
Died  May 25, 2005, Bandra
Role  Movie actor

Name  Sunil Dutt
Awards  Padma Shri (1968)
Spouse  Nargis (m. 1958–1981)

Born  6 June 1930 (1930-06-06) Jhelum, Punjab, Pakistan
Occupation  Actor, producer, director, politician
Political party  Indian National Congress
Children  Sanjay Dutt, Priya Dutt, Namrata Dutt
Movies  Padosan, Mother India, Munna Bhai MBBS, Khandan, Milan
Similar People  Nargis, Sanjay Dutt, Saira Banu, Priya Dutt, Nutan

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Sunil Dutt (6 June 1929 – 25 May 2005), born as 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 his daughter Priya Dutt, is a former Member of Parliament.

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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 the Parliament of India for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.

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Early life

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Sunil Dutt was born in a Punjabi family on 6 June 1928 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. The family resettled in a small village on the bank of the river Yamuna called Mandauli in Yamuna Nagar, Punjab, which is now a 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.

Career

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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 industry with 1955's Railway Platform.

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He shot to stardom in the 1957 film Mother India in which he co-starred with Nargis as her short-tempered, angry son. During the making of this film a fire happened on the set. It is believed that Dutt braved the raging fire to save Nargis and thereby won her love. They went on to marry in 1958. They 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.

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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 Reshma Aur Shera (1971) which was a huge failure at the box office. He continued to star in hits that included Heera (1973), Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974), Nagin (1976) and Jaani 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's career with Rocky in 1981 which was a success. Shortly before the film's release, Dutt's wife died of pancreatic cancer. He founded the Nargis Dutt Foundation in her memory for the curing of cancer patients. He was a sponsor of the India Project, an organisation akin to 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 bestowed on him by the Maharashtra government for a year.

He retired from the film industry in the early 1990s to turn to politics after his last few releases including Yash Chopra's Parampara (1992) and J.P. Dutta's 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 that 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 acting shortly before his death in 2003's Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. in which he shared the screen with son Sanjay for the first time although they had appeared earlier in Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993) but not in the same scenes together.

Death

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

In Film

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Awards and honours

  • 1963 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mujhe Jeene Do
  • 1964 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for Yaadein
  • 1965 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Khandan
  • 1967 – BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) for Milan
  • 1968 – Padma Shri
  • 1982 – Sheriff of Mumbai
  • 1995 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1997 – Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1998 – Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award
  • 2000 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Anandalok Awards
  • 2001 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • 2005 – Phalke Ratna Award by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy.
  • Dutt was a recipient of the Glory of India Award by IIFS, London.
  • References

    Sunil Dutt Wikipedia


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