The younger generation might have heard of Sunil Dutt as Sanjay Dutt’s father. But in his heady days, he was a star to be reckoned with. Have we forgotten him? No, the Hindi film buffs clearly haven’t. In a career spanning close to five decades, Dutt has given us lots of memorable films (special mention: Mother India). There are, however, quite a few unsung movies of this great actor that went unnoticed for reasons unknown.
Today, on Dutt’s 86th birthday, BC looks at some of his lesser-known films that deserve more fame and recognition.
Post Box 999 (1958)
A fast-paced thriller, Post Box 999 is one of those rare whodunits that have the potential to keep you engaged till the last scene. Although this is one of Dutt’s earlier films, his penchant to portray a wide range of emotions is very evident.
Usne Kaha Tha (1960)
Directed by Moni Bhattacharjee, Usne Kaha Tha is based on Chandradhar Sharma Guleri’s novel of the same name. If you want to watch Dutt at his emotional best, don’t miss this love story with many unexpected twists.
Yaadein is a single actor soliloquy film, and that should tell you enough about why it is a Hindi cinema landmark. It managed to find an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records (Fewest Actors in a Narrative Film) and was given a place on the 10 Most Memorable One-Actor Movies’ list by Flavorwire. The fact that Yaadein is largely undervalued in India is both sad and baffling.
Ek Phool Char Kaante (1960)
We know this one as the Salman Khan starrer Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge. Ek Phool Char Kaante paired Sunil Dutt with Waheeda Rehman for the first time, a jodi that went on to become an absolute hit.
If you’re looking to watch a light-hearted comedy that showcases Dutt’s genius, tune into this film, best known for the memorable track Matwaali Naar Thumak Thumak Chali Jaaye.