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Indian cinema’s most gentle actress Nutan, who has made a mark with strong performances in films like ‘Seema’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Bandini’, ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki’, needs no introduction. Films with female centric roles became his identity. He changed the tradition of actresses being used only as showpieces. She also became the first actress to win the title of ‘Miss India’. The record for winning the most Filmfare Awards was also in his name for a long time.
Nutan won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in her first film Seema in 1955.
Became the first actress to win ‘Miss India’ title
Nutan’s career started as a child actress in the film ‘Nal Damayanti’. Meanwhile she participated in ‘Miss India’ and won. She was the first actress to get this title. Due to the filmy atmosphere in the house, Nutan often used to go to see shooting with her mother. Because of this, she also got inclined towards films and she also started dreaming of becoming an actress. In 1950, at the age of 14, he made the film ‘Hamari Beti’, which was produced by his mother Shobhana Samarth. Nutan did films like ‘Humlog’, ‘Sheesham’, ‘Parbat’ and ‘Agosh’ till she attained adulthood. However, after that she went to London and returned and won her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress by playing the role of a rebellious heroine in ‘Seema’.
In 1978, at the age of 42, Nutan won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki. Which is a record till now.
Even after marriage, offers continued to be equal to hero or lead role
Nutan’s stardom was such that while it was believed that the career of an actress goes down after marriage, filmmakers were ready to cast Nutan in their films even after marriage. Before casting her in the film, he used to make sure that the role of the female lead should be strong and equal to that of the hero. Nutan was recognized for playing the path breaking character. Nutan also played the character of a calm, simple and settled woman draped in a sari on screen and also appeared in bold clothes on demand of the script. Actresses like Shabana and Smita Patil were also inspired by him. Today Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is considered to be a veteran director, had also said in an interview that he had never seen a spontaneous and charismatic actress like Nutan. Even if he wants, he cannot get anyone to act like Nutan.
Nutan was the first actress to get the Filmfare Award 5 times. This record remained in his name for thirty years.
Work done in pregnancy, ‘Bandini’ became career’s best film
Nutan did many hits in her career, but her choice was different from the actresses of her time. She mostly used to choose women centric films. This was the reason why he did films like ‘Seema’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Bandini’ and ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’. Let us inform that when Nutan had made up his mind to take a break from films, Bimal Roy came to him with an offer of his film ‘Bandini’.
She herself did not want to let Bimal da’s film go out of her hands, but she refused Bimal da first. Then her husband Rajneesh convinced her that Bimal Roy’s film is you should do. Nutan was pregnant in those days, yet she agreed to do the film. When the film released, everyone was in awe of his acting. This film became the best film of his career.