Nutan was the eldest child of famous 40's actress Shobana Samarth.
Born on the 4th June 1936, Nutan was dismissed by producers and
director’s as 'skinny' and 'ugly' when she wanted to enter
films. She was first cast by Chandulal Shah and K Asif as the
heroine opposite Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in the year 1949.
However the film flopped miserably. She got recognition only in
the year 1951 when her films Hum Log (1951) and Nagina (1951)
were major success. The same year she was also crowned the first
ever Miss India.
earned her first Filmfare Award as best actress for the film Seema
in the year 1955. From that moment onwards there was no looking
back. Nutan was known to perform every role with a certain moral
superiority and grace. Her face, described by late make-up maestro
Sarosh Mody as "a cameraman's dream because she has no bad
angles." Nutan was a thinking actress who tried to perceive
the undeveloped motivations of her characters.
1959 she married a naval Lieutenant Commander by the name of Rajnish
Bahl. She won the second Filmfare aware for Best Actress for a
powerful performance in the film Sujata. Nutan eased out of films
when her son, Mohnish Bahl was born. But the spotlight shone bright
once again after the award winning Bandini (1963), a portrayal
that remains etched on our minds as one of the finest in Indian
the 60's and 70's Nutan regularly picked up awards for diverse
roles in films like Milan (1967: Best actress award), Saraswati
Chandra (1968), Saudagar (1973) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
(1978: Best actress award). Renowned directors as distinct as
Bimal Roy, Manmohan Desai, Raj Khosla and Basu Bhattacharya have
named her as their favourite actress. In the year 1985 she won
the award for the most outstanding performance for the film Meri
Jung. After over 40 years in the profession, Nutan passed away
in February 1991 at the age of 54 to cancer.