Nalini Jaywant

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Nalini Jaywant (18 February 1926 - 24 December 2010) was an Indian movie actress from Bollywood in the 1940s and 1950s.

Personal life and education

Jaywant was born in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1926.

She is first cousin to actress Shobhna Samarth, the mother of actresses Nutan and Tanuja. Shobhna's mother, actress Rattan Bai, was a sibling of Nalini's father.

She was married to director Virendra Desai in the 1940s. Later, she married her second husband, actor Prabhu Dayal, with whom she acted in several movies.


In her teens, she got some prominence through her performance in Mehboob Khan's Bahen (1941), a movie about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. The movie had strong shades of incest. She performed in a few more movies before the notable Anokha Pyaar (1948). The movie involved a love triangle among characters played by Dilip Kumar, Nargis, and Nalini, Nalini's character sacrificing her love for the hero played by Dilip Kumar. Nalini's performance in that movie proved to be the movie's saving grace.

1950 was a breakthrough year for Nalini when she became a top star with her performances opposite Ashok Kumar in Samadhi and Sangram. Samadhi was a patriotic drama concerning Subash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. Though the leading movie magazine of the day, Film India, called it politically obsolete, it enjoyed big success at...
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