Here is this article about Nargis who was an Indian film actress.Through this article, you are going to know much more detail about Nargis which was never shown or revealed by others. Some particular Unknown Facts about Nargis is mentioned here in the article with complete Bio Data.


Real Name Fatima Rashid
Nickname Not Known
Profession Indian Actress

Physical Stats & More:

Height (approx.) Height in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
Height in Feet Inches- 5’ 4”
Weight (approx.) weight in Kilograms- 58 kg
in Pounds- 128 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Life:

Date of Birth 1 June 1929
Birth Place Calcutta (now Kolkata), British India
Date of Death 3 May 1981
Place of Death Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai
Death Cause Pancreatic Cancer
Age (as on 3 May 1981) 51 Years
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Hometown Kolkata, India
School Not Known
College Not Known
Educational Qualification Not Known
Debut Film: Talash-E-Haq (1935, as a child artist)

Taqdeer (1943, lead role)
Last Film Raat Aur Din (1967)
Family Father– Abdul Rashid alias Mohan Babu (Businessman)
Mother– Jaddanbai (a Hindustani classical music singer)
Brother– Anwar Hussain (maternal half-brother)
Sister– Not Known
Religion Islam
Hobbies Doing Philanthropy, Dancing, Traveling, Listening to Music, Playing Golf


Not Known

Favorite Things:

Favorite Film Maker Mehboob Khan
Favorite Actors Raj Kapoor, Sunil Dutt
Favorite Sports Cricket

Boys, Affairs and More:

Marital Status Married (at the time of death)
Affairs/Boyfriends Raj Kapoor
Sunil Dutt
Husband/Spouse Sunil Dutt, Actor
Marriage Date 11 March 1958
Children Son– Sanjay Dutt
Daughters– Priya Dutt, Namrata Dutt

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nargis :

  • Does Nargis smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Nargis drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • She was born as Fatima Rashid in Calcutta, Bengal (now, Kolkata, West Bengal).
  • Her father, Abdul Rashid alias Mohan Babu, was a wealthy Mohyal Tyagi (a Punjabi Hindu), who had converted to Islam. He was from Rawalpindi, Punjab (now in Pakistan).
  • Nargis mother, Jaddanbai, was a trained Classical Music Singer and was considered one of the pioneers of Indian Cinema.
  • She aspired to become a doctor. However, her mother encouraged her to pursue a career in acting and introduced her to the movie culture.
  • At the age of six, She made her debut as a child artist in the 1935 film Talashe Haq; in which she was credited as “Baby Nargis,” which means Narcissus (the daffodil flower) in Persian. Since then she had been credited as “Nargis” in all of her films.
  • She appeared in a number of super hit films of the 1940s and 1950s such as Andaz (1949), Barsaat (149), Shree 420 (1955), etc.
  • She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Mehboob Khan’s rural drama Mother India (1957). The film also earned the Oscar nomination. Critics described the film as “the greatest picture produced in India” and said that no other actress could have performed like Nargis did. 
  • She left her acting career, after marrying Sunil Dutt in 1958.
  • She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her last film Raat Aur Din (1967).She became the first actress to win this award.
  • After working along with Raj Kapoor in Shree 420 (1955), she had a long relationship with him and when he refused to divorce his wife, she ended the year-long relationship with him.
  • She first met Sunil Dutt at the set of Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin. At that time, Sunil was a student and aspiring actor while she was an established star.
  • It is reported that she was offered a whopping 50000 Rs then; while Sunil Dutt received merely 10 or twelve rupees per month for his role in Mother India.
  • She became the first Indian Actress to receive an International Film award when she received the Best Actress Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czechoslovakia in 1958. 
  • Sunil Dutt was impressed with Nargis when she helped her sister reach the hospital as Sunil wasn’t aware of any doctor or hospital in Mumbai.
  • She was very passionate towards the profession of doctors and even after being a star, she used to visit the hospitals to help out the patients. It was ironic that when she was diagnosed with cancer, the medical profession couldn’t save her.
  • She died of Pancreatic Cancer on 3 May 1981 (just 4 days before her son Sanjay Dutt’s debut film Rocky).
  • She was also after the cause of spastic children and became the first patron of The Spastics Society of India.
  • In 2001, she shared the Award of Best Artists of the Millennium along with Amitabh Bachchan by Hero Honda.
  • In 2011, listed her “the greatest actress of all time.”
  • She was buried at Badakabarastan in Marine Lines, Mumbai. The street name was later changed to Nargis Dutt Road in her memory.
  • Most of her films usually had a tragic end.




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