Sunil Dutt Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Death, Family, & More

Sunil Dutt, an Indian actor, wore many hats in the film industry and politics until his passing. Besides acting, he took on various behind-the-scenes roles in movies and became active in political and social matters. He joined the Congress (I) party in 1984 and received multiple awards and accolades for his exceptional contributions to society. Today, he is fondly remembered not only as a Hindi Cinema star but also as a significant figure in India.

Sunil Dutt Biography

Sunil Dutt, a renowned Indian film actor, social activist, and politician, left an indelible mark on both the entertainment industry and Indian politics. Let’s explore his remarkable life and enduring legacy. After his initial days, he relocated to Lucknow, immersing himself in the vibrant Amirabad Galla. Dutt’s career boasted successes like “Sadhna” (1958), “Khandan” (1965), and the beloved “Padosan” (1967). Notably, in the Manmohan Singh administration (2004-2005), he held the position of Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports and previously served as the Sheriff of Mumbai. His cinematic journey encompassed significant roles in films like “Mother India” (1957), “Mujhe Jeene Do” (1963), “Gumrah” (1963), “Waqt” (1965), “Mera Saaya” (1966), “Hamraaz” (1967), “Heera” (1973), “Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye” (1974), “Nagin” (1976), “Jaani Dushman” (1979), and “Shaan” (1980).

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Sunil Dutt Picture

Personal Information

Real Name Balraj Dutt
Nickname AKA Sunil Dutt
DOB (Date of Birth) 6 June 1930
Date of Death 25 May 2005
Place of Death At his residence in Bandra, Mumbai, India
Death Cause Heart Attack
Age (as on 25 May 2005) 74 Years
Birth Place Khurd Village, Jhelum, Punjab Province, British India
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Hometown Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Religion Hinduism


School High School
College/ University Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India
Education Qualifications Bachelor of Arts (History) degree

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 10”
Meter 1.78 m
Centimeters 178 cm
Weight (approx.) in Kilograms- 74 kg
in Pounds- 163 lbs
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements 35-28-35

Family Information

Father Name Diwan Regunatha Dutt
Mother Name Kulwantidevi Dutt
Siblings Brother- Som Dutt (actor)
Sister- Raj Rani Bali
Marital Status Married (at the time of death)
Marriage Date 11 March 1958
Wife Nargis, Former Indian Actor
Children Son- Sanjay Dutt
Daughters- Priya Dutt, Namrata Dutt


Girlfriend Nargis


Profession Actor, Producer, Director and Politician
Net Worth $1.5 Million


Color Black and Green
Food Dum Chicken
Drink Sugarcane juice
Actor/Actress Nargis
Songs Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga
Movies Paan Singh Tomar
Hobbies Doing Philanthropy, Listening to Music
Sunil Dutt  Young Age Picture
Sunil Dutt Young Age Picture
Sunil Dutt With his Family Picture
Sunil Dutt With his Family Picture
Sunil Dutt With his Wife Picture
Sunil Dutt With his Wife Picture
Sunil Dutt With his Children Picture
Sunil Dutt With his Children Picture


Sunil Dutt, born as Balraj Dutt in Nakka Khurd, Jhelum District, Punjab Province, British India (which is now part of Punjab, Pakistan), hailed from a Hussaini Brahmin family. His parents, Diwan Regunatha Dutt and Kulwantidevi Dutt, had a fortunate escape from riots, thanks to their father’s friend Yakut. Yakut ensured the safety of Sunil, his brother Som Dutt, and sister Raj Rani Bali. They resettled in Mandala, a small village in Yamuna Nagar, Punjab (now in Haryana).


Balraj Dutt, born on June 6, 1929, and passing away on May 25, 2005, was a versatile Indian figure, excelling as an actor, film producer, director, and politician.


Shortly after, they relocated to Mumbai, where Sunil enrolled at Jai Hind College and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (History) degree in 1954. During this period, he also briefly worked with the ‘Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport’ (BEST) division.

Height and Weight

He stood at a height of 5 feet 10 inches and weighed 74 kilograms.

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Wife and Children

During the production of ‘Mother India,’ Sunil developed affection for actress Nargis. It’s said that when a fire erupted on set, Sunil rescued Nargis, which sparked her interest in him. After a year-long relationship, they tied the knot on March 11, 1958. Their family expanded as Nargis gave birth to their son, Sanjay Dutt, now a thriving Bollywood actor, and two daughters: Priya Dutt, a former Member of Parliament, and Namrata Dutt, married to Kumar Gaurav, the son of Hindi film actor Rajendra Kumar.


Sunil Dutt embarked on his career as a radio announcer at Radio Ceylon’s Hindi Service, South Asia’s oldest radio station. His silver screen journey began in 1955 with ‘Railway Platform.’ While covering Dilip Kumar’s film ‘Shikast’ in 1953, Dutt caught the eye of director Saigal, who, impressed by his demeanor and voice, offered him a role in an upcoming movie. The breakthrough came in 1957 with ‘Mother India,’ where he portrayed Nargis’s hotheaded son. To avoid name clashes with the renowned actor Balraj Sahni, Saigal rechristened the newcomer actor from Balraj Dutt to “Sunil Dutt.” Throughout the 1950s, Sunil remained a superstar in Indian Cinema, delivering numerous blockbusters like ‘Sadhna’ (1958), ‘Sujata’ (1959), ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ (1963), ‘Khandan’ (1965), ‘Padosan’ (1967), ‘Gumrah’ (1963), ‘Waqt’ (1965), ‘Hamraaz’ (1967), and more. His illustrious career earned him the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, recognizing his four-decade contribution to the film industry.


Sunil Dutt passed away due to a heart attack on May 25, 2005, at his residence in Bandra, West Mumbai, just two weeks before his 76th birthday. At the time of his death, he held the position of Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Union Government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh and was also a Member of Parliament representing North-West Mumbai. He received full state honors during his cremation at the Santa Cruz Crematorium in Mumbai. Mani Shankar Aiyar succeeded him as Minister. His daughter, Priya Dutt, contested and won his seat in Parliament, serving as a Member of Parliament until May 2014.

Net Worth

Sunil Dutt’s net worth was estimated to be around $1.5 million.

Awards and Honours

  • 1963 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Mujhe Jeene Do
  • 1964 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for Yaadein
  • 1965 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Khandan
  • 1967 – BFJA Award for Best Actor (Hindi) for Milan
  • 1968 – Padma Shri
  • 1982 – Sheriff of Bombay
  • 1995 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1998 – Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award
  • 1999 – Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2000 – Anand Alok Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2001 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • 2007 – Glory of India Award by IIFS, London.


As an Actor List

Film Role Notes Director Year
Om Shanti Om Magadh Samrat Ajatashatru Recreated Via CGI during the song “Dhoom Tana”, (archive footage) Farah Khan 2007
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Shri Hari Prasad Sharma Photo used in many scenes as Munna’s Father Rajkumar Hirani 2006
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Hari Prasad Sharma (final film role) Rajkumar Hirani 2003
Kshatriya Maharaj Bhavani Singh J.P. Dutta 1993
Virodhi Police Commissioner Rajkumar Kohli 1992
Yeh Aag Kab Bujjiga Prof. Kishna Sunil Dutt 1991
Dharamyudh Thakur Vikram Singh Sudharshan Nag 1988
Watan Ke Rakhwale Jailor Suraj Prakash T. Rama Rao 1987
Kala Dhanda Goray Log Gauri Shankar / Michael Sanjay Khan 1986
Faasle Vikram Yash Chopra 1985
Raaj Tilak Jai Singh Rajkumar Kohli 1984
Film Hi Film Himself Uncredited Hiren Nag 1983
Badle Ki Aag Lakhan Rajkumar Kohli 1982
Rocky Shankar Guest Appearance, Uncredited Sunil Dutt 1981
Lahu Pukarega Jitu Akhtar-Ul-Iman 1980
Muqabla Vikram ‘Vicky’ Rajkumar Kohli 1979
Sone Ki Lanka Sat pal 1978
Darinda Krishna / Yogidutt Kaushal Bharati 1977
Nagin Vijay Supernatural Thriller Rajkumar Kohli 1976
Zakhmi Anand Raja Thakur 1975
Kora Badan Sunil Guest Role B.S. Ghad 1974
Man Jeete Jag Jeet Bagga Daaku / Baghel Singh Punjabi Film B.S. Thapa 1973
Zindagi Zindagi Dr. Sunil Tapan Sinha 1972
Reshma Aur Shera Shera Singh Director & Producer Sunil Dutt 1971
Darpan Balraj Dutt Adurthi Subba Rao 1970
Pyasi Sham Raja Amar Kumar 1969
Padosan Bhola Jyothi Swoop 1968
Milan Gopy / Goliath Won – BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi)

Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor

Adurthi Subba Rao 1967
Mera Saaya Thakur Rakesh Singh Raj Khosla 1966
Waqt Advocate Ravi Yash Chopra 1965
Yaadein Anil Also Director & Producer Sunil Dutt 1964
Gumrah Rajendra B. R. Chopra 1963
Main Chup Rehung Kamal Kumar A. Bhimsingh 1962
Chhaya Arun / Poet Rahee Hrishikesh Mukherjee 1961
Sujata Adhir Bimal Roy 1960
Insaan Jaag Utha Ranjeet Shakti Samanta 1959
Sadhna Mohan B.R. Chopra 1958
Payal Mohan Joseph Taliath 1957
Ek-Hi-Raaste Amar B.R. Chopra 1956
Railway Platform Ram Ramesh Saigal 1955
Kundan Amrit Sohrab Modi  
Rajdhani Naresh Saigal  
Kismet Ka Khel Prakash Verma Kishore Sahu  
Mother India Birju Mehboob Khan  
Post Box 999 Vikas Ravindra Dave  
Didi Gopal K. Narayan Kale  
Usne Kaha Tha Nandu Moni Bhattacharjee  
Hum Hindustani Surrender Nath Ram Mukherjee  
Ek Phool Char Kaante Sanjeev Bhappi Sonie  
Duniya Jhukti Hai Mohan / Benkelman Double Role J.B.H. Wadia  
Jhoola Dr. Arun K. Shankar  
Aaj Aur Kal Dr. Sanjay Vasant Joglekar  
Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke Anilkumar G. Sahni R. K. Nayyar  
Nartakee Professor Nirmal Kumar Nitin Bose  
Mujhe Jeene Do Thakur Jarnail Singh Won – Filmfare Award for Best Actor Moni Bhattacharjee  
Gazal Ejaaz Ved-Madan  
Beti Bete Ramu / Krishna L. V. Prasad  
Khandan Govind Shankar. Lal Won – Filmfare Award for Best Actor A. Bhimsingh  
Gaban Ramnath Hrishikesh Mukherjee  
Amravati Magadh Samrat Ajatashatru Lekh Tandon  
Maitighar Sunil Special Appearance in Nepali Film B.S. Thapa  
Hamraaz Kumar B. R. Chopra  
Mehrban Kanhaiya A. Bhimsingh  
Sadhu Aur Shaitaan Catholic Priest D’souza Guest Role, Uncredited A. Bhimsingh  
Gauri Sunil Kumar A. Bhimsingh  
Meri Bhabhi Raju Khalid Akhtar  
Jwala Sunil Guest Role M. Krishnan Nair  
Chirag Ajay Singh Raj Khosla  
Bhai Bahen Surendra Pratap A. Bhimsingh  
Bhai-Bhai Deep / Ashok / Sangram Double Role Raja Nawathe  
Jwala Jwala Delayed Film M. V. Raman  
Zameen Aasmaan Ravi A Veerappan  
Jai Jwala Major Anand Manohar Deepak  
Heera Heera Sultan Ahmed  
Geeta Mera Naam Suraj / Johnny Negative Role Sadhana  
Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye Raja Thakur S. Ali Raza  
Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam Sadhu Guest Role in Punjabi Film B.S.Thapa  
36 Ghante Himmat Singh Negative Role Raj Tilak  
Umar Qaid Raja Sikandar Khanna  
Neelima Sunil Guest Role Pushpraj  
Himalay Se Ooncha Vijay B.S. Thapa  
Akela Khalid Sami  
Nehle Pe Dehla Sunil Raj Khosla  
Sat Sri Akal Chaman Nillay  
Ladki Jawan Ho Gayi Sunil Anand Dasani  
Paapi Raj Kumar O. P. Ralhan  
Gyaani Ji Pilot Sardar Hari Singh Punjabi Name : Sat Sri Akal (1977) Chaman Nillay  
Charandas Advocate Tondon Guest Role B.S. Thapa  
Aakhri Goli Vikram Shibu Mitra  
Ram Kasam Bhola / Shankar Double Role Chand  
Kaala Aadmi Birju Ramesh Lakhanpal  
Daaku Aur Jawan Birju Sunil Dutt  
Jaani Dushman Laakhan Horror Thriller Rajkumar Kohli  
Ahinsa Birju Chand  
Salaam Memsaab Naresh Sarit Guest Appearance Asrani  
Shaan DSP Shiv Kumar Ramesh Sippy  
Yari Dushman Shambhu Sikandar Khanna  
Ganga Aur Suraj Inspector Ganga A. Salaam  
Ek Gunah Aur Sahi Shankar Ramdas Yogi Kathuria  
Meena Kumari Ki Amar Kahani Himself (Scene from movie) Sohrab Modi  
Dard Ka Rishta Dr. Ravi Kant Sharma Producer & Director Sunil Dutt  
Laila Dharamdas Singh / Thakur Prithiviraj Singh Double Role Saawan Kumar  
Yaadon Ki Zanjeer Ravi Kumar Film delayed for 5 years Shibu Mitra  
Mangal Dada Mangal Dada Film Delayed for 6 Years Ramesh Gupta  
Raj Kapoor Himself (during funeral) Siddharth Kak  
Akarshan 1988 Tanvir Ahmed Himself  
Kurbaan Prithvi Singh Deepak Bahry  
Pratigyabadh Pascal Ravi Chopra  
Hai Meri Jaan Telegram Wala Guest Role Roopesh Kumar  
Parampara Thakur Bhavani Singh Yash Chopra  
Phool Balram Choudhary Singeetam Srinivasan Rao  

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