Nutan (Actress) – Age, Biography, Husband, Death, Children

Nutan Samarth, well-known by the name Nutan is an Indian film legendary actress who gave numerous blockbuster films for nearly four decades. She was born in a family that was already associated with the film industry.

Nutan’s father, Kumarsen, was a filmmaker and a Marathi poet, while her mother, Shobhana, was an actress. Moreover, Nutan worked in more than 70 Hindi movies and mainly as a lead role. The actress is considered one of the finest female actresses in the record of Indian cinema. Besides, she was always praised for her unforgettable performances and accolades. 

Furthermore, Nutan was also a beauty queen and won the Miss India pageant in 1951. Besides, she was also crowned Miss Mussorie in 1952. Nutan gave her first remarkable performance in a women-oriented role in the movie Seema (1955), alongside a great actor Balraj Sahni.

Moreover, she also won her first Filmfare Award for the same film. Apart from this, Nutan had the record of winning five Best Actress awards at Filmfare. Also, she was awarded as Padma Shri by the Indian Government.

Nutan Biography

Below we have shared a short biography of Nutan, in which you will get information related to her birthplace, family, career, age, etc.

Name  Nutan Samarth
Date of Birth  4 June 1936, Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Hobbies Singing and Hunting
Profession Actress, Singer, Lyricist
Best Movies Seem, Paying Guest, Sujata, Bandini, Milan
Achievement Filmfare Best Actress Award, Best Supporting Actress, In 1951 Miss India
Favorite Film Director Bimal Roy
Favorite Attire  Saree
Husband Rajnish Behl
Date of Death 21 February 1991

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Nutan’s Early Life and Career

Nutan was born in a Marathi family on June 4, 1936; she was the eldest child among the four to the director and poet Kumarsen Samarth and wife Shobhna. Besides, she had two sisters, actress Tanuja and Chatura, and a brother named Jaideep. Nutan was good at swimming, horse riding, badminton, and driving cars.  

Moreover, Nutan Samarth officially started her career at the age of 14 in the movie Hamari Beti in 1950, her mother directed. At that time, her parents got separated. Nutan’s mother trained her in facial expressions, and the public praised her for outstanding performances. Furthermore, after the completion of Hamari Beti, Nutan got admission to La Chatelaine, a finishing school in Switzerland. Later, when she came back, she worked in three movies before becoming famous from the movie Seema. Nutan’s fabulous accolades include Bandini, Sujata, Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, and many more. Besides, she was one of the few actresses who was bold enough to flaunt and wear a bikini; she did in the film ‘Dilli ka Thug’ in 1958.

Nutan – Personal Life

Nutan married Lt. Commander Rajnish Behl on October 11, 1959. Her mother introduced them both. Together they had one son named Mohnish Behl, who was born in 1961.

Moreover, Mohnish is also a film and television actor, and Mohnish’s daughter Pranutan Behl is a Bollywood actress. She is Nutan’s granddaughter


Besides, Nutan was fond of hunting and singing as she got training in classical music during her college days. In 1990, Nutan was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Later, in 1991 she was hospitalized in Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai; even at that time, she was working on the movies Garajna and Insaniyat. Unfortunately, she lost the battle against this deadly disease and died on February 21, 1991, at 54.

Nutan Legacy

Nutan was consistently observed for her desire to perform and play unconventional roles. Moreover, her many rules were labeled as “path-breaking”. She got applauded for her beautiful dialogue-delivery with an expressive voice. Aside from this, Nutan Samarth Behl was best known for her low-key and mellow nature. She also used to select only those roles in which she either acted as the lead role or shared the equal screen with the male counterpart.

Furthermore, many actresses, including Sadhana and Smita Patel, considered Nutan, their role models. Also, Nutan was listed as the third-greatest actress of all time by Rediff.com. Her acting performances were considered one of the greatest all over the world and by the Forbes magazine. Moreover, Nutan’s history, including her life experiences, interactions with co-actors, family, and friends, is described in the book “Nutan-Asen Mi Nasen Mi”, which means whether I will exist or not. Famous Marathi author Lalita Tamhane wrote the book. Apart from this, a postage stamp of Nutan’s photo was released by India’s Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology in honor of her in February 2011. 

Some Interesting Facts about Nutan

  • Nutan Samarth Behl learned classical singing at the age of three.
  • When she was a child, people teased her by calling her Skinny and Ugly.
  • Besides, Nutan attended La Chatelaine, which is a finishing school in faraway Switzerland.
  • She had a hit pair with Sunil Dutt in the 1960s and gave successful south melodramas like Khandaan and Meharban.
  • In addition, Nutan Samarth won four Best Actress Awards in Filmfare after getting married and the birth of her son Mohnish. 
  • IN 1960, Nutan sang the song “Aye Mere Humsafar”, which was written by herself. 
  • Nutan gave many versatile performances; even after she turned 40, she played lots of iconic characters.
  • Also, she filed a case against her mother when she noticed that her mother stole her earrings. Later, she broke all relationships with her.
  • In 2018, Google honored Nutan with a cute doodle on her 81st Birthday.

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