By Aashima Talwar Last Updated:
Some people believe in love at first sight, while some experience love at first sight. Something similar happened when Sunil Dutt met Nargis for the first time.
Sunil fell in love with the beautiful actress as soon as he saw her, but never told her till he established himself in the industry. Their love story is nothing less than a fairytale.
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Nargis and Sunil Dutt came from very different backgrounds when they first met each other. Nargis was the daughter of Mohan Babu and Jaddanbai, and Sunil was the son of a Punjabi land-owning family. The two actors met on the sets of Do Bigha Zameen. At that time, Sunil Dutt was an aspiring actor and student while Nargis was already an established star.
During this time, the rumours of Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s love affair had formed the word of mouth of almost every Bollywood actor or fan. However, these rumours did not affect the feelings Sunil had for Nargis. Sunil decided to keep calm and wait till time tells him to approach Nargis. After waiting for some time, love finally knocked Dutt’s door.
Meanwhile, the love story of Nargis and Raj Kapoor went from reel life to real life. Raj Kapoor was already married during this period, and still Nargis went ahead signing all the RK productions movies. She was also ready to be the second wife to Raj Kapoor. This sadly did not work out well for Nargis as Raj left her heartbroken. After the break-up, Nargis was totally into depression. She was longing for love and commitment.
It was during Mehboob Khan’s movie, Mother India, that Sunil Dutt and Nargis came closer. Sunil Dutt was happy to know that he would be working with the love of his life. The two expressed their love for each other on the sets of Mother India. Somewhere, during this period, there was fire on the sets of the movie, and Sunil like a true hero, did not care about his life while saving the life of Nargis, who was stuck in the fire. And, she was impressed. Sunil got burnt badly and was in high fever when Nargis took care of him day and night. From this time, they both came closer and started sharing a lot of things.
Nargis just could not stop herself from falling in love and expressing the same to the actor. For her, Sunil was a complete opposite of Raj. He was calm, shy and plain-speaking with a deep respect for women. Raj, her previous boyfriend was flirtatious and exploiting her. When Sunil came in her life, she was emotionally drained. He supported her in her bad times and never judged her for anything.
In one of her interviews in those days, she said that she was not afraid of discussing about her past with Raj Kapoor and her future with Sunil.
“I know that his shoulders were always there for me to cry on-and I also knew that his garments will absorb my tears and not scatter them out for people to make fun of me.”
Sunil Dutt and Nargis started expressing their love for each other through letters. They also started calling each other “beloved” in those letters. As their movie, Mother India was not released yet, they decided to keep their love affair under wraps till the release. They used to meet at night secretly and communicate through telegrams.
The actress was just going through a break-up with Raj Kapoor when she met Sunil Dutt. She was searching for true love in her life, and there was no other man better than Sunil Dutt, who would love her forever. The two surprised Bollywood by announcing their love, and then their marriage. Sunil and Nargis got married secretly in 1958 and then announced the news to their closed ones. They celebrated their big day with a wedding reception with their close friends from the industry in attendance.
Their love was pure and forever. Soon after their marriage, when someone asked if he married Nargis when she was on the rebound from her alleged affair with Raj Kapoor, here is what he said:
"I never knew there was a romance. The only thing I knew was that she came into my life. I was not concerned about her past. I know these questions arise. But I am concerned about the person who comes in my life; what matters from that day on is how true the person is to me. The past is nothing to me."
Soon Sunil and Nargis started their family together. They were blessed with three kids- Sanjay, Priya and Namrata.
After years of marriage and Nargis’s demise, when Sunil was asked about the reason why he fell for her, he said:
"I found in her a human being and a woman who would take care of my family. I found in my wife both compassion and understanding.”
He also shared an incident that happened before their marriage, which made Sunil surer of his choice:
"My sister had fallen ill and I was a raw guy; I didn't know any doctors in Bombay where I was then working. Without telling me, she took my sister to a doctor and got her operated. I thought this is a person who will make a better home for me and will do a lot of things for my family, which she did."
Sunil Dutt was not the first love of Nargis, but their years of marriage never once fell in doubt about Dutt being her second love. Nargis and Sunil Dutt loved each other and supported each other during their marriage.
Years later, Nargis was detected with cancer, and went through a lot of treatments for many years. Sunil was always by her side during her struggle. He even took her to America for the treatment. However, she could not win her battle against cancer and died on May 3, 1981.
When she was dying, her son, Sanjay Dutt’s debut movie Rocky was slated to release on May 7, 1981. She wanted to attend the premiere and told Sunil to make every possible arrangement.
"She told me, 'Whatever it is, even if you have to carry me on a stretcher or in a wheelchair, I want to see the premiere of my son's movie'. I made all the arrangements and had an ambulance, stretcher and wheelchair. We kept a seat for her next to Sanjay. But, she never made it. She died on May 3."
The love story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt is no less than a script for a successful movie. The story of these two lovers inspires us and gives us the hope that true love can enter your life without knocking!
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