Sunil Dutt Biography

Sunil Dutt was a famous Bollywood actor, director and parliamentarian. He was born on June 6, 1930, as Balraj Dutt in the village of Khurd in present-day Pakistan. His family came over to India during the partition of the country in 1947.

He did his undergraduate studies in Mumbai’s Jai Hind College and started his career as an announcer in the Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon. He shifted to Bollywood and his first Bollywood movie was Railway Platform in 1955. He strode into the limelight with the 1957 film Mother India with Nargis. He married Nargis on March 11, 1958.

He starred in many successful Hindi movies thereafter, which include Sadhna, Sujata, Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke, Padosan, Gumraah, Waqt, Hamraaz and many others. He directed and starred in the movie Reshma Aur Shera which failed to set the box office on fire. Sunil Dutt set the launchpad for his son Sanjay’s foray into Bollywood with the movie Rocky in 1981. When his wife Nargis Dutt died of cancer in 1981, he established the Nargis Dutt Foundation in memory of his wife for treating cancer patients.

His son Sanjay Dutt is an established name in Bollywood and his daughter Priya Dutt is former Member of Parliament.

He was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1982. He ended his movie career with Kshatriya in 1993. He returned to Bollywood with the hit movie Munna Bhai M.B.B.S in 2003.

In his remarkable career, he has received several awards and recognitions such as:

  • Fimfare Best Actor Award for Mujhe Jeene Do, 1963
  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Yaadein, 1964
  • Fimfare Best Actor Award for Khandan, 1965
  • The Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards for Milan, 1967
  • He was bestowed with Padma Shri in 1968
  • Other awards are Sheriff of Bombay in 1982, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in 1998, Lifetime Achievement Award at the Anandlok Awards in 2000, Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001

Sunil Dutt breathed his last on May 25, 2005, of cardiac arrest at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai.