Nutan: The actress who broke conventional barriers on-screen

Feb 21, 2018, 08:45 IST
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    Nutan made her big screen debut as a child artist, at the age of 14, in Hamari Beti (1950). The movie was directed by her mother Shobhna Samarth (left)

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    Nutan's father Kumarsen Samarth was a director as well as a poet

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    Veteran actress Tanuja is Nutan's sister. Actresses Kajol and Tanishaa Mukherji are her nieces

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    While her younger sister Tanuja entered Bollywood, she had another sister, Chatura, who stayed away from the limelight

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    Nutan had won the Miss India title in 1952

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    Nutan co-starred with Dev Anand in popular films like Paying Guest (1957), Baarish (1957), Manzil (1960) and Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)

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    Nutan married naval Lieutenant-Commander Rajnish Behl in October 1959

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    Bandini (1963), in which Nutan played a young prisoner, is widely believed to be her best performance. However, convincing her to do the role wasn't easy as she had decided to quit movies post her marriage

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    Nutan was among the rare breed of female actors from her generation, who were offered leading roles even in their 40s. Pictured: The late actress with her son Mohnish Behl, a noted character actor in Bollywood and TV shows 

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    Nutan acted opposite Dilip Kumar for the first time in the 1986 blockbuster Karma

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    Kanoon Apna Apna (1989) was the last film to be released when she was alive

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    Nutan passed away of cancer in 1991. Pictured: Nutan with son Mohnish Behl and Rekha 

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    Two of her films Naseebwala (1992) and Insaniyat (1994) were released post her death. Vinod Mehra, who was part of 'Insaniyat', also died during the filming of the movie

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    Famous actors like Sadhana and Smita Patil have stated that they sought inspiration from Nutan's style of acting. Pictured: Nutan with Shammi Kapoor in a still from a classic film

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    Noted Marathi author Lalita Tamhane has penned a book on the legendary actor, titled Nutan -- Asen Mi Nasen Mi. Pictured: Nutan with Ashok Kumar

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    Nutan was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974 for her contribution to Indian cinema

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On the 27th death anniversary of legendary Bollywood actress Nutan, we bring you some interesting facts and rare pictures from her personal life and illustrious career

 

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