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Nargis Dutt

Nargis Dutt (Urdu: نرگس‎, Hindi: नर्गिस; 1 June 1929 – 3 May 1981), born Fatima Rashid but known by her screen name, Nargis, was an Indian film actress.
She is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hindi cinema. She made her screen debut as a child in Talash-E-Haq in 1935, but her acting career began in 1942 with Tamanna. During a career that spanned from the 1940s to the 60s, Nargis appeared in numerous commercially successful as well as critically appreciated films, many of which featured her alongside actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor. 

One of her best-known roles was that of Radha in the Academy Award-nominated Mother India (1957), a performance that won her Best Actress trophy at the Filmfare Awards. In 1958, Nargis married her Mother India co-star, actor Sunil Dutt, and left the film industry. She would appear infrequently in films during the 60s. Some of her films of this period include the drama Raat Aur Din (1967), for which she got the inaugural National Film Award for Best Actress.

Along with her husband, Nargis formed the Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe, which roped in several leading actors and singers of the time and held stage shows at border areas. In early 1970s, she became the first patron of Spastics Society of India, and her subsequent work with the organisation brought her recognition as a social worker, and later a Rajya Sabha nomination in 1980.

Nargis died in 1981 of pancreatic cancer, a few days before her son Sanjay Dutt made his film debut in Bollywood. In 1982, the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation was established in her memory. The award for best feature film on national integration in the annual National Film Awards ceremony is called the Nargis Dutt Award in her honour.

Nargis' father was Uttamchand Mohanchand alias Mohan Babu, a wealthy Punjabi Brahmin (Mohyal) from Rawalpindi (Now In Pakistan). Her mother was Jaddanbai, a Muslim immigrant whose family had settled in Punjab. Her family had then migrated to Allahabad from Punjab. She was a Hindustani classical music singer and courtesan in Allahabad. She introduced her into the movie culture unfolding in India at the time. Her only brother, Anwar Hussain (1928-1988), also became a film actor. Anwar Hussain was born to Jaddanbai and a different husband, and was raised in Muslim tradition like his mother.

Nargis married actor Sunil Dutt (himself a Mohyal from Jhelum, British India). Reportedly, Dutt had saved her life from a fire accident on the sets of Mother India. The couple married on 11 March 1958 and had three children together: Sanjay, Namrata, and Priya. Sanjay Dutt went on to become a very successful film actor. Namrata married actor Kumar Gaurav, son of veteran actor Rajendra Kumar who had appeared alongside both Nargis and Sunil Dutt in Mother India. Priya became a politician, and since 2005 has been a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha).

Along with her husband, Nargis formed the Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe, which roped in several leading actors and singers of the time, and performed at remote frontiers to entertain the Indian soldiers; it was the first troupe to perform at Dhaka, after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and the formation of Bangladesh. Later, Nargis worked for the cause of spastic children. She became the first patron of The Spastics Society of India. Her charitable work for the organisation got her recognition as a social worker. 
Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt with her husband Sunil Dutt

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

Nargis Dutt bollywood actress

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