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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sunil Dutt, RIP

Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack in Mumbai today. He was that rare politician, who was universally acknowledged to be a good and honest man; and an unusual actor, in that he wasn't afraid of experimentation, as he showed with Yaadien, in which he was the only actor. His breakthrough film in Bombay's film industry was Mother India, which was the first Indian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

You can read some early obits here, here, here, here, here and here. Also read: an old profile by Dinesh Raheja; an account of a narrow escape he had in 2001; the last interview he gave; a look at the work he did in the sports ministry; and an account of his romance with Nargis Dutt. A day of national mourning has been declared to mark his death, though Dutt, a simple, no-nonsense man known for his self-effacing nature, would no doubt have been embarrassed at the fuss around his death. He was 75-years-old when he died.
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