Actor and politician Sunil Dutt was born on June 6, 1929, in Jhelum district which is now in Pakistan. After graduating from Jai Hind College in Mumbai, he started his career in an advertising agency and later moved to Radio Ceylon as an announcer. He began his career in performing arts with his debut movie Railway Platform, released in 1955. His first major success came with Mother India, in which he portrayed the character of an outlaw hero. There was phenomenal progress in his acting career which saw him in over 100 movies as an actor. He went on to produce seven and directed six movies.
With an equally active socio-political life, Dutt joined the Congress Party under Indira Gandhi’s leadership. He was elected a member of the Parliament from northwest Mumbai for five terms. He worked actively for the cause of slum dwellers. In 2004 he was appointed India’s Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, a post he held until his death. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1968.
He died on May 25, 2005.