When Sunil Dutt Rejected His First Film Offered To Him By Ramesh Saigal To Uphold His Promise To Mom

Once during his appearance on Farooq Shaikh's celebrity talk show, 'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hain', Sunil Dutt had shared how he had rejected his first film because of his promise to his mom. Find out!


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When Sunil Dutt Rejected His First Film Offered To Him By Ramesh Saigal To Uphold His Promise To Mom

The late legendary actor, Sunil Dutt was born on June 6, 1929, to his parents, Diwan Raghunath Dutt and Kulwanti Devi Dutt. The iconic actor is one of the very few celebrities, who had inspired many generations with his success story and ideologies in his life. From working as a Radio Jockey in Radio Ceylon to starting his acting journey with Ramesh Saigal in his debut film, Railway Platform, Sunil Dutt's acting journey is like the script of a Bollywood film.

On the personal front, Sunil Dutt was married to one of the most stunning actresses of her generation, the late Nargis Dutt. The much-in-love couple had welcomed three adorable kids, Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Dutt and Priya Dutt, into their happy married life. However, not many are aware of the fact that Sunil Dutt had said 'No' to his debut film because of the promise he had made to his mother, Kulwanti Devi Dutt. Check out the full story behind this major sacrifice!

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Once during his appearance on Farooq Shaikh's celebrity talk show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hain, Sunil Dutt had graced the famous television show with legendary actor, Dilip Kumar, his wife, Saira Banu and iconic actress, Waheeda Rehman. During the course of the show, Sunil Dutt had shared an interesting revelation behind his debut film, Railway Platform. Recalling the same, Sunil Dutt had mentioned that while working as a radio jockey in Radio Ceylon, he had once got the chance to interview Dilip Kumar, while the latter was working on the sets of his film, Shikast. When he had reached on the sets, it was the film's director, Ramesh Saigal, who had seen something in him and had asked him to do a screen test in a costume that had belonged to Shikast's lead actor, Dilip Kumar. Recalling the same, he had said:

"Saigal saab asked ‘Tum khud kyun nahi actor ban jaate?’ Toh maine kaha agar mujhe hero ka role milega toh main tayyar hun.’ I was in my third year at the time.”

Going further in the conversation, Sunil Dutt had revealed how it was a proud moment for him when he had donned the costume, which had belonged to Dilip Kumar. However, the actor had said that after he had completed his screen test for Ramesh Saigal, he had rushed out of the studio and had headed straight back to his home, as he was very much convinced that he had given a horrible audition. But to his surprise, his audition had left Ramesh Saigal impressed, and the latter had offered him his debut film for Rs. 300. However, Sunil Dutt had rejected it to keep the promise intact that he had made to his mother. Opening up about the same, he had said:

"Maine kaha, nahi Saigal saab, agar aap bura na maane, mujhe BA toh pass karna hai kuch bhi ho jaaye. Kyunki main apni maa ko vaada karke aaya hun ki main padhne jaa raha hun aur BA pass karke aaunga. He (Ramesh Saigal) just got up and he embraced me.”

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Sunil Dutt's answer had surprised Ramesh Saigal, and he had recalled the things the latter had said to him. The former had shared what the director had said to him. From heaping praises on Sunil Dutt to making him a promise that he would wait for him and once he was done with his graduation, they would work together in his debut film. Recalling the heart-warming conversation he had with the filmmaker, Sunil Dutt had mentioned:

"Yaar tune maa ko vada kia hai, yahan log taraste hain hero banne ke liye aur tu apni maa ke vaade ke liye kehta hai ki main BA pass karke hi actor banunga. Kehte chalo tere liye main wait karunga."

For the unversed, after Sunil Dutt had completed his BA, he had started working on his debut film, Railway Platform, which was directed by Ramesh Saigal, who had kept his word by waiting for the radio jockey, who had always dreamt of becoming an actor one day.

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