Sunil Dutt

Sunil Dutt born as Balraj Dutt, was an Indian movie actor, producer, director and politician

Updated: June 16, 2022

Sunil Dutt born as Balraj Dutt, was an Indian movie actor, producer, director and politician. He was the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports during 2004–2005.
He was born on 6th June 1929 and died on 25th May 2005.

Childhood of Sunil Dutt:

Sunil Dutt was born on 6th June 1929 Khurd Jhelum Punjab Province, British India (Now in Punjab, Pakistan) to Diwan Raghunath Dutt and Kulwantidevi Dutt. Dutt's father died when he was five years old. The Partition of India began inciting Hindu-Muslim violence across the country when he was 18. A Muslim named Yakub, who had been friends with Dutt's father, saved their entire family. The family resettled in the small village of Mandauli on the bank of the river Yamuna located in Yamuna Nagar, Punjab, which is now a district of Haryana. Later he moved to Lucknow with his mother, Kulwantidevi Dutt, and spent a long time in Aminabad Galli.

Education of Sunil Dutt:

He joined Jai Hind College as an undergraduate and took up a job at the city's BEST Transport division when he moved to mumbai.

Family of Sunil Dutt:

Dutta married Nargis in 1958. They had one son Sanjay Dutt, also a successful film actor and two daughters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt. His daughter Namrata married Kumar Gaurav, son of Rajendra Kumar.

Some facts about Sunil Dutt:

  • At the begining of his carrier, Sunil Dutt was hugely popular on the Hindi service of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia with his command over Urdu language.
  • He moved to acting in Hindi films and got introduced to the industry with 1955's Railway Platform.
  • He shot to stardom in the 1957 film Mother India in which he co-starred with Nargis as her short-tempered, angry son.
  • During the making of the film Mother India, a fire happened on the set where Dutt braved the raging fire to save Nargis and thereby won her love.
  • Dutt created a record of sorts by directing and starring in the unique film Yaadein (1964) in which he was the only actor in the cast.
  • He later turned producer of the film Man Ka Meet in 1968 which introduced his brother Som Dutt who was unsuccessful in films.
  • He launched his son Sanjay's career with Rocky in 1981 which was a success.
  • He founded the Nargis Dutt Foundation in her memory for the curing of cancer patients after her death because of pancreatic cancer.
  • He was a sponsor of the India Project, an organisation akin to Operation Smile for the treatment of Indian children with facial deformities.
  • In 1982 he was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai, an apolitical titular position bestowed on him by the Maharashtra government for a year.
  • He retired from the film industry in the early 1990s to turn to politics after his last few releases. In 1984 he joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to the Parliament of India for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.
  • In 1995 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for four decades.
  • He returned to acting shortly before his death in 2003's Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. in which he shared the screen with son Sanjay for the first time.
  • Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack on 25 May 2005 at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai.
  • In 1968, he was honoured by the Padma Shri by the Government of India.


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