Some scenes stay etched in reminiscence. For occasion, within the 1959 movie Anari, Raj Kapoor seems to be at Nutan and says, “Ek tasveer, ek tasveer jo main barson se banaana chahta hoon, aaj ankhon ke saamne aakar khadi ho gayi” (an image that I had been eager to make for a few years right this moment stands earlier than my eyes). It was a easy shot, however Nutan’s expression made it distinctive.
Nutan in Anari
Though she had already labored in hit movies just like the award-winning Seema, Paying Guest and Dilli Ka Thug, Anari gave her profession an additional fillip. Once once more her grace, simplicity and pure magnificence charmed filmgoers, whereas her appearing expertise and efficiency in Sujata, Bandini and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki wowed the critics.
Nutan’s 85th birth anniversary was on June 4. Her dying in 1991 on the age of 54 got here as an enormous loss to the movie group and to followers, who until right this moment fondly recall her performances and hum songs picturised on her. ‘Chand phir nikla’ from Paying Guest, ‘Tera jaana’ from Anari, ‘Kaali ghata chhaye’ from Sujata and ‘Saawan ka mahina’ from Milan are favourites on radio, stage reveals and expertise contests even right this moment.
The actress arrived at a time when Nargis was at her peak, and Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Bina Rai and Geeta Bali had big hits to their credit score. Being the daughter of filmmaker Kumarsen Samarth and actress Shobhna Samarth, she had been uncovered to the business as a toddler and, actually, began appearing as a 14-year-old in her mom’s 1950 manufacturing Hamari Beti.
She had three siblings, together with Tanuja, who grew to become an actress too. Nutan studied in Panchgani, Maharashtra, and later in Switzerland. After a number of small roles, the large break occurred at age 19 with the Balraj Sahni movie Seema. The position of a convicted lady, Gauri, fetched Nutan her first Filmfare award.
Nutan with Dev Anand in Tere Ghar Ke Samne
Nutan and Dev Anand tasted success with Paying Guest, which additionally grew to become widespread for S.D. Burman’s music. They got here collectively once more in Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, and Nutan’s expressions within the title track, the place Dev Anand imagines her inside his glass of wine, have been a delight to observe.
Tere Ghar Ke Saamne was preceded by two movies which proved Nutan’s versatility as an actress. Both have been directed by the inimitable Bimal Roy. She performed an untouchable orphan in Sujata, and a lady serving a life time period for homicide in Bandini. As anticipated, Nutan gained the Filmfare finest actress award for each movies.
Nutan’s marriage to Lt. Commander Rajnish Behl in 1959 and the birth of their son Mohnish two years later slowed down her profession, however solely briefly. By 1963, she was again in full swing. She acted in Dil Hi To Hai with Raj Kapoor, and seemed beautiful as Jameela Banu within the qawwali-inspired track, ‘Nigahen milane ko jee chahta hai’. The two have been earlier seen in Anari and Chhalia.
Besides Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor, Nutan did some good movies with Sunil Dutt. After the success of Sujata, the 2 teamed up in Khandaan and Milan.
What impressed audiences about Nutan was her potential to change roles. She was as snug doing intense motion pictures as she was in frothy romances. Despite their average success, her performances in Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya with Dharmendra, Saraswatichandra with Manish, and Saudagar with Amitabh Bachchan have been appreciated. On the private entrance, a lot was written about Nutan’s dispute with her mom over monetary issues. However, they reconciled after twenty years.
Nutan in Bandini
As she turned 40, her method to appearing and roles modified. She performed robust supporting roles in Raj Khosla’s Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, Naam, Meri Jung and Karma. She additionally performed an essential position within the teleserial Mujrim Haazir.
Besides appearing, Nutan was additionally recognized for her singing expertise. According to son Mohnish, she was educated in Hindustani music and Kathak. Lata Mangeshkar stated Nutan lip-synced her songs completely. The actress really sang two songs, together with ‘Ae mere humsafar’ within the 1960 movie Chhabili, which had music by Snehal Bhatkar, apart from a number of traces in Paying Guest. She additionally used to organise a present known as Nutan Musical Night, the place she would sing.
For many actresses, Nutan was an inspiration. Sadhna and Smita Patil typically expressed their admiration for her, and Sadhna admitted that her efficiency in Parakh was impressed by Nutan.
The author is a Mumbai-based music journalist.