Google marks Nutan's 81st birthday with a doodle that captures actress' vivacity

FP Staff

Jun,04 2017 09:17 02 IST

Google honoured yesteryear Hindi film actress Nutan with a Google Doodle on 4 June 2017 — which would have been her 81st birthday.

Google Doodle commemorating Nutan

Google Doodle commemorating Nutan

"Today's Doodle reflects Nutan's expressive acting style on what would have been her 81st birthday. It was hard to sum up her genius in a single portrait, and so we depicted four distinct expressions," Google said in a statement.

The image reflects her expressions as a conflicted murderess from Bandini, the anguished untouchable from Sujata, the hell-raising orphan from Seema — all memorable characters played by Nutan, a celebrated Indian film actress known for communicating complex emotions using only facial expressions and body language rather than dialogue, the statement read.

Her faces fill up for the "oo" in Google.

Nutan (full name Nutan Samarth Bahl) made her film debut as a child artiste. Her first film was Hamari Beti (1950), directed by her mother Shobhana Samarth.

Her sister is the actress Tanuja; Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee are Nutan's nieces.

Nutan tied the knot with Lieutenant-Commander Rajnish Behl in 1959; their son is the actor Monish Behl.

An icon of Indian cinema for over four decades, Nutan pioneered powerful women-centric films in an age when male actors dominated the silver screen.

Nutan. YouTube

Nutan. YouTube

Nutan's illustrious career in films spanned performances in critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects like Sone Ki Chidiya (1958), Sujata (1959), Bandini (1963), Milan (1967), Saraswatichandra (1968), Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978) and Meri Jung (1985). Her pairing with Dev Anand proved to be a hit one — the duo starred together in Paying Guest (1957), Baarish (1957), Manzil (1960) and Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963).

Over her career, her distinct, groundbreaking style helped solidify an award-winning legacy.

With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Nutan won the Filmfare Award six times - Best Actress for a record five times which she incidentally shares with her niece Kajol, and Best Supporting Actress for Meri Jung. She was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour of India in 1974.

She passed away on 21 February 1991 at the age of 54 after suffering from breast cancer.

(With inputs from agencies)