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Nargis Dutt (1 June 1929 -- 3 May 1981), born as Fatima Rashid was an Indian film actress.She was a fabulous actress, whose performance in the film 'Mother India' (1957) was widely appreciated. The film was nominated for Oscars. She was born in June 1, 1929 as Fatima Rashid. She was the daughter Allahabad-based singer, Jaddanbai and Uttamchand Mohanchand. Her brother, Anwar Hussain, also became a film actor.

She made her screen debut as a child in Talash-E-Haq in 1935, but her acting career began in 1942 with Tamanna. She starred in many popular Hindi movies of the late 1940s and 1950s such as Barsaat (1949), Andaz (1949), Awaara (1951), Deedar (1951), Shree 420 (1955), and Chori Chori (1956). In most of her films she starred alongside Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar.

In 1958, Nargis married her Mother India co-star, actor Sunil Dutt, and left the film industry. She made her last film appearance in the 1967 film Raat Aur Din. The couple married on 11 March 1958 and had three children together: Sanjay, Namrata, and Priya. Sanjay Dutt went on to become a very successful film actor. Namrata married actor Kumar Gaurav, son of veteran actor Rajendra Kumar who had appeared alongside both Nargis and Sunil Dutt in Mother India. Priya became a politician, and since 2005 has been a Member of Parliament.

Nargis was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent treatment for the disease. She sank into a coma on 2 May 1981 and died on 3 May 1981. Her absence at the premiere of her son's debut film Rocky on 7 May 1981, where one seat was kept vacant for her, was a nationally famous event.
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