Sunil Dutt Age, Biography, Wife, Affairs, Family, Death Cause

He was popular by his screen name Sunil Dutt. He was an Indian Hindi movie Producer, Director, Actor, Social Activist and Politician.He was the cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Manmohan Singh government.

Sunil Dutt Age, Biography, Wife, Affairs, Family, Death Cause
Sunil Dutt

Sunil Dutt Biography

Balraj Dutt was born on 06-06-1929 in Jhelum District of Punjab, British India. He was popular by his screen name Sunil Dutt. He was an Indian Hindi movie Producer, Director, Actor, Social Activist, and Politician. Some of his best-known movies are Mother India, Waqt, Nagin, and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. In his political career, he served as the cabinet minister for youth and sports.

 He was the cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Manmohan Singh government (2004-2005). His son, Sanjay Dutt, is currently also a Bollywood star.
In 1984 he joined the Congress party and was elected to Parliament for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.
An actor par excellence, a political leader, a philanthropist, a doting father, and a loving husband — Sunil Dutt had donned many hats and done incredibly well in all these roles.

Sunil Dutt

Early life

Sunil Dutt, a Mohyal Brahmin by caste, was born in 1928 in the village of Khurd in the Jhelum District of Punjab, British India (since 1947 part of Pakistan), and his family settled in a small village on the bank of the river Yamuna called Mandoli which is in Yamunanagar district of Haryana. Later he moved to Mumbai to fulfill his dreams. In Mumbai, he joined Jai Hind College as an undergraduate and took up a job.

A challenging childhood

Dutt, whose original name was Balraj, was born on 6 June 1929 in Punjab’s Jhelum district, which was back then a part of undivided India. But life soon took a difficult turn for him.

Dutt lost his father at the age of six and if this wasn’t enough, Partition created troubles for the family that had to relocate to India, leaving behind their property and house in Pakistan, and settling in Haryana.

Author Anuradha Guha in her book Great Women of India: Nargis Dutt wrote that Dutt’s family did not have the resources to send him to a school beyond Mandoli village in the Bhiwani district of Haryana.

Before he got his first break in the Hindi film industry, Dutt had worked with Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia, and gained popularity as an announcer. He, subsequently, took admitted to Bombay’s Jai Hind College.

Personal Info

Home Town Jhelum (Now Pakistan)
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address 8-West, Apsara Co-Operative Housing Society Ltd., 61-B, Shrimati Nargis Dutt Road, Palli Hill, Bandra (West), Mumbai:400050
School N/A
College Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India
Qualification B.A (Hons.) in History in 1954 from Jai Hind College Bombay (now Mumbai)
Hobbies Doing Philanthropy, Listening to Music
Marital Status Married
Debut Hindi Film: Railway Platform (1955)
Punjabi Film Man Jeete Jag Jeet (1973)
Director Yaadein (1964)
Producer Man Ka Meet (1968)
Best Movies Railway Platform (1955), Rajdhani (1956), Mother India (1957), Sadhna (1958), and Insaan Jaag Utha (1959) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth 20 Crore INR (as in 2004)
Official Website N/A


Sunil Dutt started his career at Radio Station; he was an immensely popular announcer on the Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon. From there he advanced to acting in Hindi films and made his debut in the film industry with the film Railway Platform in 1955. He shot to the fame with the film Mother India in which he co-starred with Nargis in 1957. Dutt was one of the soughs stars of Bollywood during the late 1950s and 1960s and starred in many successful films such as Sadhna, Sujata, Mujhe Jeene Do, Khandaan, and Padosan to name a few. 

Dutt landed his first role in the 1955 film Railway Platform directed by Ramesh Saigal. His next films, including the 1956 film Ek Hi Raasta starring Meena Kumari, and Ashok Kumar, among others, did not particularly do well, but Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) changed his fortunes on both professional and personal fronts.

The film centered around Nargis (Radha), who brings up her two children (actor Rajendra Kumar as one of the sons and Sunil Dutt as the other) despite all odds, including poverty and social exploitation. It went into the annals of the Hindi film industry as a historic film garnering critical acclaim for its story and performances.

It was this film that also brought Nargis and Sunil Dutt together. A fire mishap on the sets of the film, which could have cost Nargis her life, was averted when Dutt jumped in to save her. They eventually got married in 1958.

Some of Dutt’s most notable films have also been those that explored different themes and are not just limited to the confines of formula movies.

Gumrah (1963), Waqt (1965), and Hamraaz (1967) were those movies that explored various themes and all these movies were part of a collaboration with director and producer B.R. Chopra and were successful too.

As a producer, Dutt’s two films were released in 1963 — Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke and Mujhe Jeene Do. Both these movies dealt with non-conventional themes. The first film explored the idea of a woman engaging in adultery (the plot is said to be based on the K.M. Nanavati case in Mumbai, on which actor Akshay Kumar’s 2016 movie Rustom is also based on). In the second film, Dutt’s character was that of a dacoit in love with Waheeda Rehman, thus bringing a humanist angle at a time when films only showed dacoits as devoid of any emotions and feelings.

In 1964, Dutt, in his directorial debut film Yaadein, essentially a one-man act movie made in black and white where he, as the solo character, depicts a narrative by using the combination of artistic elements like background music, silhouettes, and cartoons to portray the situation of a lonely man, who is disappointed to find his wife and children missing after he returns home.

On Yaadein, Manish Gaekwad, in an article in Scroll, writes, “the movie’s mix of arthouse and commercial elements divided critics and moviegoers”.

The film ended up finding a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for the category of ‘Fewest actors in a narrative film’.

His other films in the coming years such as Padosan (1964), Heera (1973), Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974), Nagin (1976), Jaani Dushman (1979), Shaan (1980) did well at the box office and also established Dutt as a versatile actor.

Shortly before his death, he was seen sharing screen space with his son Sanjay Dutt in the highly acclaimed film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. in the year 2003.

His plunge into politics

Towards the 1980s, a number of other developments took place. This was the time when Dutt launched his son Sanjay in the movie industry with the film Rocky in 1981, which he himself directed.

In 1984, Dutt entered politics by joining the Congress. He remained a Member of the Parliament for five terms, until his death in 2005, from the Mumbai North West constituency.

In 1981, Dutt founded the Nargis Dutt Foundation, in loving memory of his wife, who died of pancreatic cancer the same year. The foundation has since then worked in the field of health and education.

Sunil Dutt

Health Issues, Illness, and Death Info

On 25 May 2005, Sunil Dutt suffered a heart attack at his home in Bandra, Mumbai, the state of Maharashtra. His daughter, Priya Dutt has taken his seat in Parliament, who won it, and became a member of parliament from North West Mumbai between November 2005 to April 2014.

 DEATHDAY 25 May 2005 (Wednesday)
 DEATH PLACE Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Sunil Dutt Family, Relatives, and Other Relations

He was born to Diwan Raghunath Dutt and Kulwantidevi Dutt. He was married to actress Nargis and together the couple was blessed with a son named Sanjay Dutt and two daughters named Priya and Namrata Dutt.

Wife Nargis Dutt
Daughter Priya Dutt
Son Sanjay Dutt

Sunil Dutt


Favorite Color Black, Red, White
Favorite Player Sachin Tendulkar
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Actress Nargis Dutt
Favorite Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor
Favorite Place USA
Favorite Food Dum Chicken
Favorite Writer Aghajani Kashmeri

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Sunil Dutt

  • His daughter (Namrata) is actor Kumar Gaurav's wife and actor Rajendra Kumar's daughter-in-law.
  • The real name of Sunil Dutt was Balraj Dutt.
  • After graduating from Jai Hind College, Mumbai, Dutt took a job with a top British advertising agency.
  • Sunil Dutt was caught in between the India-Pakistan partition riots when was 18 years old; his life was then saved by a young man named Jacob and his family.
  • Dutt started his career with a job as an RJ on the Hindi service of radio Ceylon, where he had to interview Nargis but the show was canceled as Sunil Dutt could not utter a single word in front of her.
  • Nargis played the role of Dutt's mother in Mother India, Dutt saved Nargis from a fire on the sets. They fell in love and got married.
  • When Nargis died of pancreatic cancer, Sunil founded the Nargis Dutt Foundation in her memory to cure cancer patients.
  • He was the two-time winner of the Filmfare Best Actor Award and had also received a Padma Shri by the Government of India.