The latest Google Doodle commemorative logo pays tribute to yesteryear actress Nargis Dutt on her 86th birth anniversary today.
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A drawing of the late actress holding her dupatta with both hands is featured in the place of the Google logo. Nargis, whose real name was Fatima Rashid, was born on June 1, 1929.
She made her screen debut as a child in 'Talash-E-Haq' in 1935, but her acting career began in 1942 with 'Tamanna'. During a career from the 1940s to the 1960s, Nargis appeared in numerous commercially successful as well as critically appreciated films, many of which featured her alongside actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor.
One of her best-known roles was that of Radha in the Academy Award-nominated 'Mother India' (1957), a performance that won her Best Actress trophy at the Filmfare Awards. In 1958, Nargis married her 'Mother India' co-star, actor Sunil Dutt, and left the film industry. She would appear infrequently in films during the 1960s. Some of her films of this period include the drama 'Raat Aur Din' (1967), for which she was given the inaugural National Film Award for Best Actress.
Nargis died in 1981 of pancreatic cancer, a few days before her son Sanjay Dutt made his debut in Hindi films. In 1982, the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation was restablished in her memory. The award for best feature film on national integration in the annual National Film Awards ceremony is called the Nargis Dutt Award in her honour.