Nargis’ daughter recalls how the star nearly provoked a stampede in Palika Bazaar and wore a veil while watching Movies

On the occasion of Nargis Dutt’s death anniversary, Namrata Dutt told how a mob gathered in Palika Bazaar once they learned of the actor’s presence. Additionally, she recalls Nargis wearing burqas to movies and snacking at roadside vendors.

Namrata Dutt, the late Nargis Dutt’s daughter, described how a crowd gathered in Delhi’s underground market Palika Bazaar once upon learning of the famous actor’s presence. Namrata also discussed how Nargis used to wear a burqa to the movies but later removed it. Nargis died in 1981 at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital of pancreatic cancer.

Nargis began her acting career in 1942 with Tamanna and has since appeared in other films like Barsaat (1949), Shree 420 (1955), Mother India (1957), Adalat and Lajwanti (1958), and Raat Aur Din (1967). Sunil Dutt, whom she married in 1958, has three children with her: Sanjay Dutt, Priya Dutt, and Namrata.

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Namrata stated in an interview with Pinkvilla, “She was a lady who was brimming with happiness and love. She had no reservations about purchasing pani puri (a roadside snack) from the stall. She’d wear a burqa to the movies and then fling it off, exclaiming, ‘Garmi lag rahi hai (I’m feeling hot)!’ Her closest friends were not industry professionals. They were Delhi-based working women. When we visited Delhi, she insisted that we stay with them. I desired to remain in a hotel due to the air-conditioning. However, mum desired that we adapt to every circumstance.”

Nargis Dutt
Nargis Dutt

Namrata recalled an event “‘Fatty (Nargis’ real name was Fatema Rashid), let’s go shopping,’ her companion suggested one day. Palika Bazaar had recently opened at Connaught Place. One of her pals became disoriented while circling the shopping area. ‘Nargis ko kahin dekha (Did you see Nargis anywhere)?’ she inquired of each store. Soon, word spread that Nargis was nearby. Crowds began to form. We all piled in a car and zipped away before a stampede could occur.”

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Namrata stated that Nargis’ best friend in the ‘industry’ was actor Nargis Rabadi, dubbed Shammi aunty. She remembered a time when the couple wound up to the incorrect wedding in Delhi. By the time the actors realized they had arrived at the incorrect occasion, they had already welcomed and given the bride and groom with bouquets. Namrata stated, however, that ‘by that time, many had recognized her.’

On the 41st anniversary of Nargis’ death, her son, actor Sanjay Dutt, uploaded an Instagram montage of his mother. He said in the caption, “There is not a single time that I forget about you. You were the foundation of my life and the pillar of my spirit, Ma. I wish my wife and children had met you so that you could shower them with your love and blessings. Today, and every day, I miss you!”

Priya Dutt, Nargis’ daughter, also published a lengthy note on Instagram. She added, “Sharing a photo,” “Her influence on my life and work is palpable. Ma died in 1981, when I was 14 years old, yet she never left my side. I’ve missed her physical presence, but as you age, you realize there is more to life than the physical and develop an ability to connect with your soul. Her soul is present in my life, and through the work I am able to accomplish through The Nargis Dutt Foundation, I am living their (mom and dad’s) dreams and savoring every minute. 41 years since mom left and the birth of The Nargis Dutt Foundation…… Everywhere, her memories and efforts will live on. #love.”

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