Sunil Dutt, one of the most popular and talented actor of yesteryear was born today in 1930. On the 86th birth anniversary of the actor, we bring to you few rare pictures from his personal album.
Sunil Dutt was born as Balraj Dutt in Khurd village, Jhelum district, Punjab Province, Pakistan.
The family resettled in a small village on the bank of river Yamuna called Mandauli in Yamuna Nagar, Punjab, is now a district of Haryana, after partition. Later, he moved to Bombay, where he joined Jai Hind College and took up a job at the city's BEST Transport division
Starting out in radio, Sunil Dutt was hugely popular on the Hindi service of Radio Ceylon. 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 where he co-starred with Nargis, whom he married on 11 March 1958. It is believed that Dutt braved the raging fire to save Nargis and thereby won her love.
He 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. The two fathers were co-stars in Mother India.
Dutt was one of the major stars of Hindi cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s and continued to star in many successful films which included Sadhna (1958), Sujata (1959), Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Khandan (1965) and Padosan (1967).
He returned to films shortly before his death in 2003's Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. He shared the screen with son Sanjay for the first time although they had appeared earlier in Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993).
Sunil Dutt stood as rock throughout the trials of Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay recently served his sentence and and remembered his father on his day of freedom.
Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack on 25 May 2005 at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai. His seat in Parliament was contested by his daughter, Priya Dutt, who won it and was a member of parliament from North West Mumbai between November 2005–April 2014. This photo of Dutt was shared by her granddaughter Trishala.