Nutan Samarth was born on June 4 1936 to poet Kumarsen Samarth and his actress wife 'Shobhana' as the eldest of their four children (a younger sister is the actress Tanuja) in 1949 at 13-year-old Nutan made her debut in K. Asif's "Hamari Beti".
Nutan Samarth Bahl, better known as Nutan, was an Indian actress. and was capable of expressing anything with her eyes and face. In Seema (1955) we can see the tempests raging and dying in her eyes as the bhajan ‘Manmohana bade jhoote’.
In 1959 at age 23 she married Lieutenant Commander Rajnish Bahl and eased out of films when her son, Mohnish was born. However, the actress in her couldn’t rest for long and the spotlights once again shone on her after her out standing performance in famous director Bimal Roy‘s award-winning film Bandini (1963). The film had Nutan at her acting best.
In 1960’s and 1970’s Nutan regularly picked up awards for diverse roles in films like Milan (1967),
Saraswati Chandra (1968), Saudagar (1973) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). By that time she had become one of the most respected actress in Hindi Cinema. Renowned directors as distinct as Bimal Roy, Manmohan Desai, Raj Khosla and Basu Bhattacharya have named her as their favorite actress.
She maintained her pre-eminence through the 80s and retained her graceful style in the maternal roles that she was now being asked to do. She acted opposite Dilip Kumar for the first time in Subhash Ghai’s Karma (1986) and matched the performance of the great actor frame by frame.
Nutan was not only blessed with a graceful personality and great acting skills, her voice was also quite serene. In the 1960 film Chhabili (1960), Nutan sang ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’. In 1980s she sang Bhajans (devotional songs). Though her dairy farm, her antique laden home, her piloting of her son Mohnish’s career, her bhajan-singing and her search for spirituality took up most of her time in her later years, she, nevertheless, continued to act.
Nutan has won the highest number of Filmfare Awards. has won 6 Filmfare Awards. Other awards are innumerable. She won more awards than any other actress of Hindi Cinema.
Her simplicity of thought, word and deed and her devotion to work in any given situation is still remembered. Nutan could often be short and impatient with a lot of people but her winsome personality always brought them back to the fold. A woman of great ideals, she always maintained a sense of responsibility.
Her health took a turn for worse in 1989. She developed cancer of the liver and left for heavenly abode in 1991 at the age of 59. She breathed her last
but the Nutan memories lives on…
Department of Posts honoured her by releasing a commemorative postage stamp during release of legendary heroines of India
Issued Date : 13.02.2011
Denomination : 500 Paise