Google Doodle remembers Nargis Dutt who died in 1981 of pancreatic cancer, a few days before her son Sanjay Dutt made his debut in Hindi films.
Nargis Dutt, born as Fatima Rashid, was a Bollywood actress who has done numerous commercially successful and critically appreciated films in a career than span 20 years, many of which paired her alongside Raj Kapoor. The actress also went on to become the first patron of Spastics Society of India in early 1970s and was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1980.
Nargis married her Mother India co-actor Sunil Dutt in 1958 and had three children together: Sanjay, Namrata, and Priya. The actress died in 1981 of pancreatic cancer, a few days before Sanjay Dutt made his debut in Bollywood. At the premiere of Sanjay Dutt’s debut film ‘Rocky’ on 7 May 1981, one seat was kept vacant for her. In 1982, Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation was established in her memory.
The actress made her screen debut as a child artist in Talash-E-Haq (1935). Her best known roles include that of ‘Radha’ in the movie ‘Mother India’, which also won her Best Actress trophy at the Filmfare Awards.
Some of her popular movies include: Barsaat (1949), Andaz (1949), Awaara (1951), Deedar (1951), Shree 420 (1955), and Chori Chori (1956).