Nargis is considered as one of the greatest film actress of all times because of her versatility and wonderful talents.During the 1940-60's she was very active and appeared in so many commercial hits like Barsaat,Andaz,Awaara,Deedar,Shree 420, Chori Chori etc and gained much applause from the audience.Mostly she co-starred with Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar.
The entry of Nargis to film industry was with the film 'Talash -E-Haq' in 1935 as a child artiste and again in several films acted as child artist like Raj Kapoor's first directional venture 'Aag' in 1935.A noted film was 'Tamanna' in 1942.
She became heroine in Mehboob Khan's 'Taqdeer' in 1943 and the audience were impressed by her acting.She got big scale appreciation for her acting in 'Mother India' which was directed by Mehboob Khan in 1957.That film gained Oscar nomination and she won Filmfare award for Best Actress.It gained Int'l awards for the film as well as for Nargis also.In 1958 she married Sunil Dutt who was her hero in Mother India.Sunil Dutt was also a Mohyal Brahmin like her father.Sunil Dutt rescued her from a fire accident which happened at the sets of 'Mother India' and they were in love after wards.
In many of her films Raj Kapoor was the hero and she was very comfortable while acting with him and the pair was approved by the audience and at the box office their films were mostly successful.
After the marriage she used to appear only occasionally but the film 'Raat Aur Din' of 1967 won her National Film award for Best Actress.
She was involved in several social works also.With her husband Sunil Dutt she formed 'Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe' and with the help of co-stars and actresses they performed numerous stage shows at border areas for the soldiers.She worked for 'Spestics Society of India' an organization for social works.
In 1981 Pancreatic cancer was detected for Nargis and she was treated in New York and brought back.But later the disease became serious and she was admitted at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai.She died on 3 May 1981.
Nargis was given Padma Shri by Government of India in 1958.She was member of Parliament from 1980
and could serve for one year only.She had to depart just four days before the release of the first film of her son Sanjay Dutt.The National award given to films with a National Integrity theme is known as 'Nargis Dutt Award' in her honor.
Raat Aur Din