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Sunil Dutt Details
Profession Actor
Celebrity Type Movie Star
Age 76 Years
Date Of Birth 6th June 1929
Death 25th May 2005
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Birthplace Punjab
 Height 5.10 Feet
 Weight 70 Kgs
Notable Work Mother India
Total Films 31 (Approx)
 Net Worth 25 Crores (2005)
Instagram  NA
Twitter  NA


Balraj Dutt better known by his stage name Sunil Dutt was an Indian actor producer director social activist and politician. He was best known for his multiple portrayals as a dacoit in Pakistan and died in Mumbai on May 25 2005 (member of an armed gang of bandits). While he was still acting when he passed away he also took on other off-screen jobs in the film industry and was active in politics and other social causes.

Indian actor producer director and politician Sunil Dutt was also active in politics. Dutt was one of the leading actors in Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He continued to appear in a number of popular films such as Mother India (1957) Sadhna (1958) Insan Jaag Utha (1959) Sujata (1959) Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) Gumraah (1963) Waqt (1965) Khandan (1965) Mera Saaya (1966) and Padosan (19 (1980). He received the Padma Shri award from the Indian government in 1968.     He is Sanjay Dutt's father a well-known actor.


Sunil Dutt was born on 6th June 1929  in Nakka Khurd Jhelum District Punjab Province British India (now in Punjab Pakistan). Sunil Dutt’s age was 76 when he passed away on 25th May 2005 from a heart attack. His Zodiac Sign was Gemini. 


Sunil Dutt was just five when his father passed away. Sunil Dutt in an interview stated that Muslims outnumbered Hindus in the area. However he said that his friend saved his entire family during Partition. Dutt’s father had a friend named Yakub who lived a mile and a half from their village. Yakub helped them escape to Jhelum the capital. After graduating from high school Sunil left Pakistan.


Sunil Dutt earned his Bachelor of Arts (History) degree from Bombay's Jai Hind College.


Sunil Dutt’s Family Tring

Sunil Dutt was born into a Mohyal Brahmin family as Balraj Dutt to his father Diwan Raghunath Dutt and his mother Kulwantidevi Dutt. When Dutt was five years old his father died. Sunil Dutt’s brother’s name is Som Dutt and his sister is Raj Rani Bali. In 1958 Sunil Dutt married his Mother India co-star Nargis. They both went on to become proud parents of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt politician Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt.


Nargis (1958-1981)

In 1957 Nargis was contemplating suicide because she was so distraught when Sunil entered her life. Nargis had reached her breaking point trapped between a fruitless relationship and a family who barely knew her. Sunil Dutt entered the burning Mother India sets in order to save Nargis. The two fell in love when they were both healing from injuries. Sunil had sustained more severe wounds. Nargis had fallen in love with Sunil while taking care of him and had told him every detail of her life. She had thought that by March 8 she would have committed suicide if Sunil hadn't come into her life. 

Nargis discovered over their nine-year romance with Raj Kapoor that he was not prepared to leave his family for her. Her own relatives regarded her as little more than a money-making machine. She was able to lay her past bare in front of Sunil since he was the first one to treat her like a regular human being. 

Nargis was not an easy lady for Sunil to love since to start with she was a huge celebrity while he was still trying to establish himself in the Hindi film industry. Second she had to sort out her complicated relationship with Raj. And to make matters worse he was unable to overcome his concerns by reading the gossip magazines of the time. 

Everyone was aware of Sunil Dutt's intense love for Nargis and the actress herself was moved by his steadfast dedication to her. Because of this when the two announced their love and marriage.  On March 11 1958 Sunil Dutt and Nargis secretly tied the knot. They later shared the news with their close family and friends. 

At the young age of 51 Nargis passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1981.


While launching himself as an upcoming movie star Sunil Dutt faced identity issues. No directors would sign him as he had no film background. However he never gave up and continued to give his best and starred in a classic blockbuster Mother India alongside his future wife Nargis. 


Early Career

Dutt accepted a position at a prestigious British advertising agency. His job as an announcer on Lipton Ki Mehfil on Radio Ceylon's Hindi programme sparked his interest in the performing arts. He met and interviewed several famous people there while serving as a show host. In 1953 Dutt met director Saigal while covering the Dilip Kumar movie Shikast. Impressed by his demeanour and voice Saigal gave him a part in his future movie. 

On-Screen Debut

When Dutt was hosting director Ramesh Saigal helped him get a break in the 1955 movie Railway Platform. To prevent name problems with the then-veteran actor Balraj Sahni Saigal came up with the new stage name Sunil Dutt as his stage name. 

Top 7 Movies

Debut Film- Railway Platform (1955)

Sunil Dutt made his acting debut in the movie directed and produced by Ramesh Saigal. A princess a poor man and his lover all find themselves in a love triangle at a train station in the 1955 Indian film Railway Platform.

Mother India (1957)

Mother India is a 1957 Indian epic drama film with Nargis Sunil Dutt Rajendra Kumar and Raaj Kumar in the lead roles. It was directed by Mehboob Khan. It is a remake of Khan's earlier film Aurat (1940) and it tells the tale of Radha (Nargis) a poor villager who battles a clever moneylender while trying to raise her sons and subsist in the absence of her husband. 

The movie's title was chosen to contrast the derogatory book Mother India by American novelist Katherine Mayo from 1927. Mother India relates to a strong sense of Indian nationalism and nation-building and metaphorically depicts India as a nation in the years following its independence in 1947. Hindu mythology is frequently referenced in the movie and the lead actress has been compared to a metonymic figure of an Indian woman who epitomises moral excellence and the idea of what it means to be a mother to society through self-sacrifice. While some writers portray Radha as a symbol of female liberation others see her as a representation of stereotypical women. The movie was filmed in the countryside of Maharashtra Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh as well as at Mumbai's Mehboob Studios. Hindi films first heard international music such as Western classical music and orchestra thanks to Naushad.

The movie was one of the most expensive Bollywood (Indian) movies ever made and it also had the greatest box office take of any Indian movie at the time. Box office successes In October 1957 it was celebratedly launched in India and had a number of high-profile showings including one in the nation's capital New Delhi which was attended by the president and prime minister of that nation. 

One of the best films in Indian cinema Mother India went on to become a definite cultural classic. The movie received the 1957 Filmfare Best Film Award the All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film and the Best Actress and Best Director prizes went to Nargis and Khan respectively. It was also the first Indian film to ever receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

Waqt (1965)

The 1965 drama film Waqt was produced by B. R. Chopra directed by Yash Chopra and written by Akhtar Mirza and Akhtar-Ul-Iman. It was included on the lengthy list of movies up for the BFI's top ten Indian film award. Sunil Dutt Rajkumar Pandit Shashi Kapoor Sadhana Shivdasani Sharmila Tagore Balraj Sahni Achala Sachdev Rehman Khan and Madan Puri play the main characters in the movie. It pioneered the idea of movies with numerous stars setting off a trend that other movies followed. 

In 1965 the movie won the #1 spot at the box office. This film's plot revived the lost and reunite Bollywood formula that was first used in the 1943 Ashok Kumar and Mumtaz Shanti film Kismet a content family. A happy family that has been divided by Waqt faces numerous obstacles as they attempt to reconnect. 

It is still regarded as one of Sadhana's most successful films. There are several well-known Hindi songs in the movie including Hum Jab Simat Ke sung by Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhosle Waqt se din aur raat performed by the legendary Mohammed Rafi Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu sung by Asha Bhosle and Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen sung by Manna Dey and picturized on Balraj Sahn. 

Meera Saaya (1966)

Raj Khosla directed the 1966 Indian thriller movie Mera Saaya. Raja Mehdi Ali Khan wrote the lyrics and Madan Mohan composed the music. Sadhana and Sunil Dutt are the movie's stars. This is the third movie that filmmaker Raj Khosla has made with Sadhana following Woh Kaun Thi? and Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962). (1964). 

The movie was financially successful. It is an adaptation of the Marathi movie Pathlaag. The Filmfare Best Sound Award went to Manohar Ambedkar

Hamraaz (1967)

The 1967 Indian suspense thriller film Hamraaz was produced directed and written by B. R. Chopra. In addition to Helen Sunil Dutt Raaj Kumar Mumtaz Vimi Sarika Madan Puri Iftekhar Balraj Sahni and Raaj Kumar star in the movie. Sahir Ludhianvi wrote the lyrics for the movie while Ravi composed the music. The movie was a huge success at the box office. 

The movie was named the best Hindi feature film by the National Film Awards. The words were written by Sahir Ludhianvi and Ravi created the music. All of the songs were enormous hits and are still well-liked today. With the song Hey Neele Gagan Ke Tale Mahendra Kapoor received the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer.

Nagin (1976)

Rajkumar Kohli working under the Shankar Movies imprint produced and directed the 1976 horror movie Nagin. In addition to Reena Roy who plays the title role the film also stars Sunil Dutt Feroz Khan Sanjay Khan Rekha Mumtaz Vinod Mehra Yogeeta Bali Kabir Bedi Anil Dhawan and Jeetendra. Laxmikant Pyarelal composed the music. Despite being a fantasy movie it was the highest-grossing movie of 1976 and a box office smash. Reena Roy became a star after the movie's commercial and critical success.

It was influenced by Cornell Woolrich's 1940 novel of the same name which served as the basis for François Truffaut's 1968 French film The Bride Wore Black.

Jaani Dushman (1979)

Rajkumar Kohli working with Shankar Movies produced and directed the 1979 Indian horror movie Jaani Dushman in Hindi. Sunil Dutt Sanjeev Kumar Jeetendra Shatrughan Sinha Vinod Mehra Rekha Neetu Singh and Reena Roy are among the ensemble cast and Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed the soundtrack. At the box office the movie was a Super Hit.

Career Timeline

Year Film Role
2007 Om Shanti Om Magadh Samrat Ajatashatru
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Shri Hari Prasad Sharma
2003 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Hari Prasad Sharma
1993 Kshatriya Maharaj Bhavani Singh
1993 Parampara Thakur Bhavani Singh
1993 Phool Balram Choudhary
1992 Virodhi Police Commissioner
1991 Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi Prof. Kishna
1991 Kurbaan Prithvi Singh
1991 Pratigyabadh Pascal
1991 Hai Meri Jaan Telegram Wala
1988 Dharamyudh Thakur Vikram Singh
1988 Akarshan 1988
1987 Watan Ke Rakhwale Jailor Suraj Prakash
1987 Raj Kapoor Himself
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Gauri Shankar / Michael
1986 Mangal Dada Mangal Dada
1985 Faasle Vikram
1984 Raaj Tilak Jai Singh
1984 Laila Dharamraj Singh / Thakur Prithviraj Singh
1984 Yaadon Ki Zanjeer Ravi Kumar
1983 Film Hi Film Himself
1982 Badle Ki Aag Lakhan
1982 Dard Ka Rishta Dr. Ravi Kant Sharma
1981 Rocky Shankar
1981 Meena Kumari Ki Amar Kahani Himself
1980 Lahu Pukarega Jitu
1980 Shaan DSP Shiv Kumar
1980 Yari Dushmani Shambhu
1980 Ganga Aur Suraj Inspector Ganga
1980 Ek Gunah Aur Sahi Shankar Ramdas
1979 Muqabla Vikram 'Vicky'
1979 Jaani Dushman Laakhan
1979 Ahinsa Birju
1979 Salaam Memsaab Naresh Sarit
1978 Sone Ki Lanka NA
1978 Ram Kasam Bhola / Shankar
1978 Kaala Aadmi Birju
1978 Daaku Aur Jawan Birju
1977 Darinda Krishna / Yogidutt
1977 Sat Sri Akal NA
1977 Ladki Jawan Ho Gayi Sunil
1977 Paapi Raj Kumar
1977 Gyaani Ji Pilot Sardar Hari Singh
1977 Charandas Advocate Tondon
1977 Aakhri Goli Vikram
1976 Nagin Vijay
1976 Nehle Pe Dehla Sunil
1975 Zakhmee Anand
1975 Umar Qaid Raja
1975 Neelima Sunil
1975 Himalay Se Ooncha Vijay
1975 Akela NA
1974 Kora Badan Sunil
1974 Geeta Mera Naam Suraj / Johnny
1974 Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye Raja Thakur
1974 Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam Sadhu
1974 36 Ghante Himmat Singh
1973 Man Jeete Jag Jeet Bagga Daaku / Baghel Singh
1973 Heera Heera
1972 Zindagi Zindagi Dr. Sunil
1972 Zameen Aasmaan Ravi
1972 Jai Jwala Major Anand
1971 Reshma Aur Shera Shera Singh
1971 Jwala Jwala
1970 Darpan Balraj Dutt
1970 Bhai-Bhai Deep / Ashok / Sangram
1969 Pyasi Sham Raja
1969 Meri Bhabhi Raju
1969 Jwala Sunil
1969 Chirag Ajay Singh
1969 Bhai Bahen Surendra Pratap
1968 Padosan Bhola
1968 Sadhu Aur Shaitaan Catholic Priest D'souza
1968 Gauri Sunil Kumar
1967 Milan Gopi / Gopinath
1967 Hamraaz Kumar
1967 Mehrban Kanhaiya
1966 Mera Saaya Thakur Rakesh Singh
1966 Gaban Ramnath
1966 Amrapali Magadh Samrat Ajatashatru
1966 Maitighar Sunil
1965 Waqt Advocate Ravi
1965 Khandan Govind Shankar. Lal
1964 Yaadein Anil
1964 Gazal Ejaaz
1964 Beti Bete Ramu / Krishna
1963 Gumraah Rajendra
1963 Aaj Aur Kal Dr. Sanjay
1963 Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke Anilkumar G. Sahni
1963 Nartakee Professor Nirmal Kumar
1963 Mujhe Jeene Do Thakur Jarnail Singh
1962 Main Chup Rahungi Kamal Kumar
1962 Jhoola Dr. Arun
1961 Chhaya Arun / Poet Rahee
1960 Sujata Adhir
1960 Usne Kaha Tha Nandu
1960 Hum Hindustani Surendra Nath
1960 Ek Phool Char Kaante Sanjeev
1960 Duniya Jhukti Hai Mohan / Bankelal
1959 Insaan Jaag Utha Ranjeet
1959 Didi Gopal
1958 Sadhna Mohan
1958 Post Box 999 Vikas
1957 Mother India Birju
1957 Paayal Mohan
1956 Ek-Hi-Raasta Amar
1956 Rajdhani NA
1956 Kismet Ka Khel Prakash Verma
1955 Railway Platform Ram
1955 Kundan Amrit
NA  Durjan Sanjay Bhattacharya


There is no information about Sunil Dutt’s Controversies.


Sunil Dutt’s Estimated Net Worth was $25 million (25 Crores INR as of 2005). 

Social Work

Nargis Dutt Foundation (1981-present)

Sunil Dutt founded an NGO called the Nargis Dutt Foundation in 1981 in New York City in honour of his late wife the renowned actress Nargis Dutt who passed away from cancer the same year. 

The institution promotes women's emancipation sports education disaster aid and health care. It has provided 80–100 rural Indian hospitals with medical equipment as well as camps E-learning platforms and rural schools. Since then the foundation has focused on health and education initiatives. 

The Nargis Dutt Foundation had been promoting cancer awareness and education by setting up free screening events in rural areas of the nation. The organisation also supports financially and holistically needy cancer patients' treatments particularly at TATA Memorial Hospital and provides diagnostic medical equipment to remote hospitals. 

For excellence in providing cancer screening packages where patients can register themselves to receive service benefits the foundation also worked with Apollo Hospital Tata Memorial NM Medical and the Asian Cancer Institute. Additionally excellent insurance packages tailored to cancer are now available from Life Insurance Corporation and HDFC Cargo. 

Approximately a dozen of its franchises are located in the United States including those in Seattle Portland San Francisco Los Angeles Palm Springs Las Vegas Houston Florida Chicago New York City Detroit and Boston as of May 2005. It has 20 chapters globally.

The Nargis Dutt Intensive Care Unit the first intensive care unit at Tata Memorial Hospital with full air conditioning was funded by the Nargis Dutt Foundation. Additionally it manages the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital in Barshi Maharashtra's Sholapur District. 

The American Cancer Society and Women Deliver presented the Nargis Dutt Foundation with the Award for Fight Against Cervical Cancer in October 2016.


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