Nutan is the elder daughter of actress Shobhna Samarth. She is considered the finest actress in Indian Cinema. Her facial expressions were her greatest assets. She can be called Audrey Hepburn of Indian Cinema. She started her career as actress as a 14 year old in Hamari Beti (1950). Her first big break was 'Seema' (opposite Balraj Sahni) which won her a fimfare. She followed her success with romantic comedy Paying guest (opposite Dev Anand). In 1959 she had two hits in Anadi (Raj Kapoor) and Bimal Roy's Sujata (Sunil Dutt). There was no looking back after that.
Nutan has won 6 Filmfare Awards and countless others - the most any actress has won to date.
Year Award Category and For 1985 Filmfare Award Outstanding Performance Meri Jung - 1985 1978 Filmfare Award Best Actress Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki - 1978 1967 Filmfare Award Best Actress Milan - 1967 1963 Filmfare Award Best Actress Bandini - 1963 1959 Filmfare Award Best Actress Sujata - 1959 1956 Filmfare Award Best Actress Seema - 1955Being called the best by the best is probably more important then the filmfare awards. Lata Mageshkar calls her the face she could sing for. Dev Anand identified her as the actress you could carry out an intelligently conversation with. Sadhna called Nutan her Idol.
Her son Mohnish Behel is an actor too. Her sister Tanuja too acted in some movies. While her niece Kajiol has had a very successful career.