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Nutan Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More


Nutan

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Bio/Wiki
Real NameNutan Samarth
Other NameNutan Bahl (After Marriage)
Profession(s)Actress, Singer, Lyricist
Physical Stats &
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career
DebutFilm (Child Artist): Hamari Beti (1950)Nutan- Hamari Beti
Film (Actress): Shabab (1954)Nutan- Shabab
TV: Mujrim Hazir (1988)
Awards, Honour, AchievementAwards
Filmfare Best Actress Award
• In 1956 for 'Seema'
• In 1959 for 'Sujata'
• In 1963 for 'Bandini'
• In 1967 for 'Radha'
• In 1978 for 'Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki'

Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
• In 1985 for 'Meri Jung'

Other Awards
• BFJA Best Actress Award (Hindi)
• In 1963 for 'Bandini'
• In 1973 for 'Milan'
• In 1974 for 'Saudagar'

Honour
• In 1974- Padma Shri (India's fourth-highest civilian honour by the Government of India)

Achievement
• In 1951- 'Miss India'
Personal Life
Date of Birth4 June 1936
BirthplaceBombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Date of Death21 February 1991
Place of DeathBombay, Maharashtra, India
Age (at the time of death) 54 Years
Death CauseBreast Cancer
Zodiac sign/Sun signGemini
NationalityIndian
HometownBombay, India
Schools• St. Joseph's Convent School, Panchgani, Maharashtra
• La Chatelaine School, Switzerland
ReligionHinduism
CasteKayastha
HobbiesHunting [1]YouTube, Spending time with her family
ControversyOnce Nutan got involved in a controversy when she publically slapped one of the then budding actors Sanjeev Kumar. The whole issue was over the statement of Sanjeev Kumar in which he had allegedly said that Nutan was in love with him while he wasn't; however, Nutan had considered his statement as a wrong one.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsNot Known
Marriage Date11 October 1959
Family
Husband/SpouseRajnish Bahl (Lieutenant Commander; died in a fire accident in 2004)Nutan with her husband
ChildrenSon- Mohnish Bahl (Actor)Nutan son Mohnish Bahl
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Kumarsen Samarth (Filmmaker)Nutan Father
Mother- Shobhna Samarth (Actress)Nutan Mother
SiblingsBrother
• Jaideep Samarth
Sisters
Tanuja Mukherjee (Actress)Nutan Sister Tanuja Mukherjee
• Chatura
Favourite Things
Favourite ActorsAshok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raj Kapoor, Balraj Sahni
Favourite FilmsBandini, Sujata
Favourite Film DirectorBimal Roy

Nutan

Some Lesser Known Facts Aout Nutan

  • Nutan was born and raised in a Marathi family with a filmy background.

    Nutan with her mother and younger sisters Tanuja and Chatura

    Nutan with her mother and younger sisters Tanuja and Chatura

  • She was a daughter of one of the top actresses of 1940s- Shobhana Samarth who had played the role of ‘Seeta’ in the superhit ‘Ram Rajya’ (1943).

    Nutan's mother superhit film Ram Rajya

    Nutan’s mother superhit film Ram Rajya

  • Her sister Tanuja Mukherjee, niece Kajol, and son Mohnish Bahl are the renowned Bollywood celebrities.

    Nutan's mother Shobhna Samarth, sister Tanuja, son Mohnish Behl, and niece Kajol

    Nutan’s mother Shobhna Samarth, sister Tanuja, son Mohnish Behl, and niece Kajol

  • Nutan started learning classical singing at the age of just 3.
  • During her childhood days, people used to call her skinny and ugly.
  • Nutan’s parents had separated before her brother Jaideep’s birth.
  • Initially, her mother didn’t expect a bright career of Nutan in the film industry.
  • Nutan started her career as a child artist (at the age of 14) with the film ‘Hamari Beti’ (1950) along with her sister Tanuja Mukherjee which was directed by her mother.

    Nutan as a child artist

    Nutan as a child artist

  • Before making her debut with ‘Hamari Beti’ (1950), she had appeared in a small role in the mid-1940s film ‘Nala Damayanti’.

    Nutan- Nala Damayanti

    Nutan- Nala Damayanti

  • Thereafter, Nutan worked in the movies like ‘Nagina’, ‘Hum Log’, ‘Shikwa’, and ‘Shabab’; however, she could not get much success with these films, as a result, in 1953, Shobhna sent her to Switzerland for the further studies. Interestingly, her schoolmates had no idea that she was an actress in Bombay.
  • After completing her studies, she returned to India and appeared in the popular Hindi film ‘Seema’ in which she played the role of ‘Amiya Chakraborty’ and was featured in the song ‘Man Mohana Bade Jhooth’ which was not only impressed the audience but also the living legend Lata Mangeshkar.

  • After giving the brilliant performance in the ‘Seema’, Nutan had never looked back, and she went on to give back-to-back superhit films like ‘Heer’, ‘Baarish’, ‘Paying Guest’, ‘Kanhaiya’, ‘Bandini’, ‘Yaadgaar’, ‘Kasturi’, ‘Paisa Yeh Paisa’, ‘Karma’, and many more.
  • She had always maintained a traditional image; however, she surprised everyone after wearing a swimsuit in the film ‘Dilli Ka Thug’ (1958).

    Nutan wearing a swimsuit

    Nutan wearing a swimsuit

  • Soon after giving a string of hits, Nutan got married to a Commander Rajneesh Bahl in 1959. The similar thing was reprised by her sister’s daughter Kajol when she got married to Ajay Devgn; as when she got married, she was also at the peak of her career same as Nutan was.
  • Out of the four Filmfare Awards for Best Actress that she had won in her career, three were after her marriage and even the birth of her son.
  • In 1960, Nutan sang a song ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ (Chhabili), which was written by Nutan herself.

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  • She assumed Bimal Roy as her godfather who gave her a chance to act in the super hit film ‘Bandini’ (1963), and she extremely believed that the movie had played the most significant role in her entire film career.

    Nutan- Bandini

    Nutan- Bandini

  • In 1963, Nutan and Dev Anand made a fine pair in ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’. Dev Anand also said in her praise-

    “Nutan was one of the few actresses with whom one could have an intelligent conversation.”

    Nutan- Tere Ghar Ke Samne

    Nutan- Tere Ghar Ke Samne

  • In 1965, she was featured in the song ‘Tumhi Mere Mandir Tumhi Meri Pooja’ (Khandan), which was sung by Lata Mangeshkar; the song won Lata Ji her last Filmfare Award before she opted out for being nominated for the Filmfare Awards.

  • The magnitude of Nutan’s versatile performances can be considered with the facts that even after turning 40, she had essayed different iconic character roles.

    Nutan in different roles

    Nutan in different roles

  • Nutan filed a case against her mother when she had started observing that her earnings were misappropriated by her mother and broke off all relationship with her.
  • By the late 1980s, her interest was started inclining towards her family, singing devotional songs, and in grooming her son Mohnish Behl‘s career.
  • Nutan was lucky enough to see her son get established in the film industry with the film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’; before she passed away in 1991.

    Nutan's son Mohnish Behl in Maine Pyar Kiya

    Nutan’s son Mohnish Behl in Maine Pyar Kiya

  • In February 1991, she was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, but a few days later, she passed away. At the time, she was filming for ‘Garajna’ and ‘Insaniyat’.
  • Nutan’s last movie was ‘Naseebwala’, which was released after her death in 1992.

    Nutan- Naseebwala

    Nutan- Naseebwala

  • Actresses like Sadhana Shivdasani and Smita Patil considered Nutan as their idol.

    Nutan with Smita Patil

    Nutan with Smita Patil

  • Nutan was a trained Kathak dancer.
  •  In February 2011, the Government of India released a postal stamp in her honour.

    Nutan Image on Indian Postage Stamp

    Nutan Image on Indian Postage Stamp

  • In 2011, her name was listed by Rediff.com on the list of ‘third-greatest actress of all-time’ (after Nargis and Smita Patil).
  • Renowned Marathi author Lalita Tamhane wrote a book- ‘Nutan Asen Mi Nasen Mi’ on Nutan’s self-narrative life story.

    Nutan- Lalita Tamhane showing her book written on 'Nutan Asen Mi Nasen Mi' along with Madhuri Dixit

    Nutan- Lalita Tamhane showing her book written on ‘Nutan Asen Mi Nasen Mi’ along with Madhuri Dixit

  • In 2018, Google celebrated her 81st birthday with an adorable doodle.

    Nutan 81st birthday celebrated by Google

    Nutan 81st birthday celebrated by Google

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