Biography of Nutan: Life and Achievements of Nutan Samarth

Nutan Samarth was born on June 24, 1936 into a highly educated and cultured family. Her father, Kumarsen Samarth was the deputy publicity officer with Films Division, while her mother, Shobana Samarth, was a leading actress of that era. From a very young age, Nutan showed a keen interest in dance and music. She learnt Kathak and even gave public performances. Nutan’s sister Tanuja is also a famous actress of Hindi Cinema. Nutan started her film career in 1950 while she was still in school. Her mother had just started making the film Humari Beti (1950) and when director K Asif saw Nutan on the mahurat of the film, he immediately offered her a role. Though the the film Hamari Beti was not a big hit, Nutan was noticed and offers started pouring in. She reached her peak in the early 50s with her first hits, Hum Log (1951) and Nagina (1953), and Nutan also won the Miss India title.

In mid 1950s, when her films were flopping, her mother decided to send her to a finishing school — La Chatelainie in Switzerland. While she was still there, producer S Mukherjee gave her an offer for the film, Seema (1955). Her potrayal of a juvenile delinquent in the film earned her massive applause. Her career started looking up once again and soon Nutan became a huge star and the object of her rivals’ envy.

Nutan Samarth Behl is the evergreen actress of Hindi cinema.

Nutan Samarth Behl is the evergreen actress of Hindi cinema.

Nutan was a fine actress and was capable of expressing anything with her eyes and face. In Seema (1955) we can see the tempests raging and dying in her eyes as the bhajan ‘Manmohana bade jhoote’. In 1959 she married Lieutenant Commander Rajnish Bahl and eased out of films when her son, Mohnish was born. However, the actress in her couldn’t rest for long and the spotlights once again shone on her after her out standing performance in famous director Bimal Roy‘s award-winning film Bandini (1963). The film had Nutan at her acting best.

In 1960’s and 1970’s Nutan regularly picked up awards for diverse roles in films like Milan (1967), Saraswati Chandra (1968), Saudagar (1973) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). By that time she had become one of the most respected actress in Hindi Cinema. Renowned directors as distinct as Bimal Roy, Manmohan Desai, Raj Khosla and Basu Bhattacharya have named her as their favorite actress.

She maintained her pre-eminence through the 80s and retained her graceful style in the maternal roles that she was now being asked to do. She acted opposite Dilip Kumar for the first time in Subhash Ghai’s Karma (1986) and matched the performance of the great actor frame by frame.

Nutan was not only blessed with a graceful personality and great acting skills, her voice was also quite serene. In the 1960 film Chhabili (1960), Nutan sang ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’. In 1980s she sang Bhajans (devotional songs). Though her dairy farm, her antique laden home, her piloting of her son Mohnish’s career, her bhajan-singing and her search for spirituality took up most of her time in her later years, she, nevertheless, continued to act.

Her health took a turn for worse in 1989. She developed cancer of the liver and left for heavenly abode in 1991 at the age of 54.

Nutan has won 6 Filmfare Awards. Other awards are innumerable. She won more awards than any other actress of Hindi Cinema.

Filmfare Award of Nutan

Nutan has won the highest number of Filmfare Awards.

  • Outstanding Performance Award for Meri Jung – 1985
  • Best Actress Award for Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki – 1978
  • Best Actress Award for Milan – 1967
  • Best Actress Award for Bandini – 1963
  • Best Actress Award for Sujata – 1959
  • Best Actress Award for Seema – 1955
List of Nutan’s Films

Nutan did a large number of films during her cinema career. Following is the filmography og Nutan.

1950HAMARI BETINutan’s debut
1951HUM LOGNutan, Shyama, Balraj Sahni
1951NAGINANutan, Nasir Khan, Bipin
1951PARBATNutan, with Premnath
1951SHISHAMNutan with Nasir Khan
1951NIRMOHINutan, Leela Misra
1952HANGAMANasir Khan, Nutan
1953LAILA MAJNUShammi Kapoor, Nutan
1954SHABABNutan, Bharat Bhushan
1955SEEMANutan, Balraj Sahni, Shobha Khote
1956HEERNutan, Pradeep Kumar, Lalita Pawar
1957BAARISHNutan, Dev Anand
1957PAYING GUESTDev Anand, Nutan, Shobha Khote
1958AAKHRI DAAOShekhar, Nutan
1958DILLI KA THUGKishore Kumar, Nutan
1958SOLVAH SAALDev Anand, Nutan
1958SONE KI CHIDIYANutan, Balraj Sahni, Talat Mehmood
1959ANARIRaj Kapoor, Nutan, Motilal
1959KANHAIYARaj Kapoor, Nutan
1959SUJATASunil Dutt, Nutan
1960BASANTShammi Kapoor, Nutan, Pran
1960CHHALLIANutan, Raj Kapoor, Rehman
1963BANDINIAshok Kumar, Nutan, Dharmendra
1963DIL HI TO HAIRaj Kapoor, Nutan, Pran
1963TERE GHAR KE SAMNEDev Anand, Nutan, Om Prakash
1965RISHTE NAATENutan, Raj Kumar
1966DIL NE PHIR YAAD KIYANutan, Rehman, Dharmendra
1966DULHAN EK RAAT KINutan, Dharmendra
1966KHANDANNutan, Sunil Dutt, Mumtaz
1967LAAT SAHIBNutan, Shammi Kapoor
1967MANZILDev Anand, Nutan, Mehmood
1967MILANSunil Dutt, Nutan
1968SARASWATI CHANDRANutan, Manish, Ramesh Deo
1969BHAI BAHENNutan, Sunil Dutt
1970YAADGARNutan, Manoj Kumar, Pran
1972ANURAAGNutan, Debut of Moushumi Chatterjee, Ashok Kumar, Vinod Mehra
1973SAUDAGARAmitabh Bachchan, Nutan
Nutan, Asha Parekh, Vinod Khanna
1978SAAJAN BINA SUHAGANRajendra Kumar, Nutan
1981SAAJAN KI SAHELIRajendra Kumar, Rekha
1983MAHARAJASanjay Khan, Nutan, Sujit Kumar
1983MERI JUNGAnil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri
1983RISHTA KAAGAZ KARaj Babbar, Rati Agnihotri, Nutan
1985AAR PAARMithun Chakraborty, Rosina
1985YUDHJackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor
1986KARMADilip Kumar, Nutan, Jackie Shroff
1986NAAMNutan, Kumar Gaurav, Sunjay Dutt
1987HIFAZATAnil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit
1989GURUSridevi, Mithun Chakraborty, Nutan
1989KANOON APNA APNADilip Kumar, Nutan, Sanjay Dutt
1994INSANIYATAmitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol

Her simplicity of thought, word and deed and her devotion to work in any given situation is still remembered. Nutan could often be short and impatient with a lot of people but her winsome personality always brought them back to the fold. A woman of great ideals, she always maintained a sense of responsibility.

She died of liver cancer seven years ago but the Nutan legend lives on…