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Remembering Nargis Dutt On Her Death Anniversary

The degree of contribution that veteran female actor Nargis Dutt has given to the Hindi film industry is beyond imagination. Did you know Nargis appeared on the silver screen at the age of five? She was also the first female actor to receive the prestigious Padma Shri award. Though her filmy career was great, her health was equally troublesome. Dutt was diagnosed with cancer, and after fighting a long battle with the disease, she died on 3rd May 1981, few days before the release of her son and actor Sanjay Dutt’s debut film, Rocky. 

Remembering her mother on her 40th death anniversary, Sanjay Dutt penned down a heartfelt note on social media and wrote, “Not a day goes by when I don’t miss you, Ma!”. The actor posted a happy picture of Nargis hugging a toddler Sanjay Dutt. 

Female Actor Nargis Dutt was not only famous for her impeccable performances in some of the best movies of Indian cinema but also for her love affair with actor Raj Kapoor and Sunil Dutt. Nargis’s affair with Raj Kapoor was the most talked about affair in Bollywood. However, in 1958, the female actor got married to actor Sunil Dutt, and the couple had three children, Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Dutt and Priya Dutt.

Nargis Dutt impressed everyone with her acting talent and versatility of essaying completely different kinds of roles. Let’s look at some of the best movies of Nargis Dutt.

Shree 420

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The film was released in 1955 and is still considered Bollywood’s best work. The film was directed by Raj Kapoor, and Nargis played an ideal Indian woman in the movie. The story revolved around an orphaned boy who comes to the city of dreams, Bombay, and the big city shocks him to the core, taking away his innocent self. 

Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/qu8ShpSlFX0

Raat Aur Din

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Released in the year 1967, Raat Aur Din marked Nargis’s final appearance on the silver screen. The film showcased the life of a married woman (played by Nargis Dutt) who is suffering from a disassociative identity disorder. Directed by Satyen Bose, the movie won critical acclaim for its storyline and heart-wrenching acting of Nargis. 

Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/xoseAZ23ub0

Barsaat

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This film was one of the major hit films directed by Raj Kapoor, and the movie became the highest-grossing movie in Indian cinema at the time of its release. The film revolves around two friends with opposite personalities, and they both fall in love with two mountain girls. The storyline follows the journey of both couples. Barsaat was released in the year 1949.

Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/hWkbyR_EY_4

Mother India

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One can’t talk about Nargis Dutt without mentioning the gut-wrenching movie Mother India. Nargis took Indian cinema to a global stage with her performance as Radha in the Indian drama film. The story focuses on the struggles and hardships of the main protagonist (played by Nargis Dutt) as she raises her son (played by Sunil Dutt) and survives against cunning money lenders. 

Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/T1xTqCNTGT8

These are some of the movies that rightly justifies the talent that Nargis Dutt had!

Fun fact: Nargis Dutt was the first Indian female actor to have been nominated in the Rajya Sabha!

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