Star of the Week | NUTAN

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Name: Nutan Samrth Bahl
DOB: 04 June, 1936
Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bombay, British India
Children: Mohnish Bahl
Sibling: Tanuja
Occupation: Actress
Title: She won Miss India (1952)

• Regarded as one of the finest female actors in the history of Hindi cinema, Nutan was noted for playing unconventional parts, and her performances often received praise and accolades.
• Nutan holds the record of five wins of the Best Actress Award at Filmfare, which was held by her for over 30 years until it was matched by her niece Kajol in 2011.
• She is overall the most-awarded actress in the female acting categories at Filmfare, with six awards alongside Jaya Bachchan.
• In 1974, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
• In 2010, Filmfare included her performance in Bandini in its "80 Iconic Performances" list. Anupama Chopra included the film in her list of "The 20 Best Hindi Films Ever Made", calling her role of Kalyani "one of Hindi cinema’s most complex and fully realised female characters". In 2013, conducting a list of "25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema" in celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema, Forbes India included Nutan's performance, hailing her work as "the best acting by a lead actress in Indian cinema".
• In 2011, listed her as the third-greatest actress of all-time.
• A postage stamp, bearing her photo, was released in her honour by India’s Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology in February 2011.
Interesting facts
• She formed a popular screen couple with evergreen star Dev Anand and the two acted in four films together – Paying Guest (1957), Baarish (1957), Manzil (1960) and Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963).
• Actresses like Sadhana and Smita Patil noted Nutan as their influence. Sadhana was once quoted as saying, "If there was any actress I modelled myself in the lines of, it was the versatile Nutan in Seema, Sujata and Bandini. Parakh was [also] a film where I really followed Nutan."
• It is said that two of her movies – Naseebwala (1992) and Insaniyat (1994) were released after her death. Interestingly, it is said that even Vinod Mehra, who was also part of Insaniyat, died during the filming of the movie.
• Nutan sang and penned at least four songs of her movie Mayuri.
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