Nutan, the most gentle actress in Indian cinema, needs no introduction, making strong impressions in films like ‘Seema’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Bandini’, ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki’. Films with the Woman Centric role became her identity. He changed the tradition of using actresses as mere showpieces. She also became the first actress to win the title of ‘Miss India’.
He also held the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards for a long time. He says crazy about their simplicity… Vallah is not your answer. He died on February 21, 1991 at the age of 54. Let’s know some interesting facts of his life on his death anniversary…
Became the first actress who won the ‘Miss India’ title
Nutan’s career began as a child actress from the film ‘Nal Damayanti’. Meanwhile she participated in ‘Miss India’ and won. She was the first actress to receive this title. Due to the filmy atmosphere at home, Nutan often used to go to see shooting with her mother. Because of this, she also turned towards films and she too started dreaming of becoming an actress. In 1950, at the age of 14, he produced the film ‘Our Daughter’, which was produced by his mother Shobhana Samarth. By the time he attained, Nutan had done films like ‘Humlog’, ‘Sheesham’, ‘Parbat’ and ‘Aagosh’. However, after that she moved to London and returned, winning the first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for playing the role of a rebellious heroine in ‘Seema’.
Even after marriage, the offers are equal to the hero or lead role
Nutan’s stardom was such that while it was believed that the career of the actress goes down after marriage, Nutan was willing to cast filmmakers in his films even after marriage. Before taking him into the film he ensured that the female lead role should be strong and at par with the hero. Nutan was recognized for playing the path breaking character. Nutan also played the role of a calm, simple and settled woman draped in a sari on screen and also appeared in bold clothes on demand for the script. Actresses like Shabana and Smita Patil also inspired her. Today, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is considered a veteran director, also said in an interview that he did not see a comfortable and charismatic actress like Nutan. Even if he wants, he cannot get anyone acting like new.
Looking at Nutan, Amitabh kept falling from the scooter
This is the time when Amitabh Bachchan studied in Delhi University. One day he saw Nutan crossing the road. At that time, Nutan was with husband Rajneesh Bahl. Amitabh was passing by the scooter near Connaught Place. They were about to fall from the scooter on seeing them but survived. Amitabh himself narrated an anecdote in an interview and said, ‘Nutan was very serious about his work. On the sets of ‘Saudagar’, she was the first to put on makeup for the 6 am shot. His way of communicating was excellent. She was also singing, once when I and Nutan met at a function in Delhi, she was performing there. Before going on stage, he told me that I should also walk with him in front of the audience on stage, which was a matter of pride for me.
Bandhini became the best career film of her work in pregnancy
Nutan did many hits in his career, but his choice was different from the actresses of his day. She mostly opted for Woman Centric films. This was the reason that he did films like ‘Seema’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Bandini’ and ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’. Let me tell you that when Nutan made up his mind to take a break from films, then Bimal Roy brought him the offer of his film ‘Bandini’. She herself did not want to let Bimal Da’s film go by hand, but she refused Bimal Da first. Then her husband Rajneesh convinced her that you should do Bimal Roy’s film. Nutan was pregnant in those days, yet he agreed to do the film. Everyone was convinced of his acting when the film was released. The film became the best film of his career.
Did not allow her to enter the theater at the premiere of her own film
The film ‘Nagina’ was released in 1951 which also had scary scenes, so minors were not allowed to watch the film. Nutan was just 15 years old at that time. She reached the film’s premiere with her family friend Shammi Kapoor. He felt that if he is the heroine of the film, he would be strongly welcomed, but the opposite happened. Watchman stopped Nutan at the theater gate. Even after much debate, he was not allowed inside.
Sanjeev Kumar slapped after being shocked by the news of the affair
A famous anecdote involving Nutan and Sanjeev Kumar is that during the shooting of ‘Devi’ in 1969, Nutan publicly slapped Sanjeev. Actually, Nutan and Sanjeev did not talk to each other much in the beginning, but gradually the friendship became between the two. The tremendous tuning of the two became a topic of discussion, which people called the affair. Nutan started quarreling with her husband. Nutan read a magazine on the set of ‘Devi’, which featured about her and Sanjeev’s affair. She was very angry and slapped Sanjeev on the set itself. Many people say that they did this at the behest of their husband.
Love Triangle: Rajendra Kumar and Shammi Kapoor were crazy about Nutan
Nutan was very much liked by Rajendra Kumar. He even asked Nutan’s mother for his hand, but Shobhana Samarth denied the relationship and also insulted Rajendra Kumar a lot. Well, this relationship could not be added to real life, but in the reel life, in the 1978 film Saajan Bina Suhagan, both got a chance to play the role of husband and wife.
At the same time, Shammi Kapoor also became a lover of Nutan. Although both knew each other since childhood. When they grew up, they also started dating. They agreed to marry each other. Nutan’s mother Shobhana had no objection to this relationship, but famous actor Motilal, who was close to the Samarth family, was not in favor of the relationship. They did not allow the two to have a relationship.
Unfulfilled wishes fulfilled in ‘Karma’
In 1953, a film was being made ‘Shikwa’ in which the hero was Dilip Kumar. Unfortunately this film remained incomplete. It was Malal Nutan for a long time that she could not do the film with top actor Dilip Kumar of that time. Then when Subhash Ghai was making the film ‘Karma’, he cast opposite Nutan of Dilip Kumar. After that, Nutan’s unfulfilled desire to work with Dilip was fulfilled.