Nalini Jaywant

Nalini Jaywant (18 February 1926[2] – 20 December 2010) was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi films in the 1940s and 1950s.

Nalini Jaywant
Nalini Jaywant in Milan.jpg
Jaywant in 1958 film Milan
Born(1926-02-18)18 February 1926
Died20 December 2010(2010-12-20) (aged 84)
Years active1941 – 1965, 1983
Virendra Desai
m. 1945; div. 1948)
Prabhu Dayal
m. 1960; died 2001)
RelativesSee Samarth family

Personal life and backgroundEdit

Nalini Jaywant was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1926. She was first cousin of actress Shobhna Samarth, the mother of actresses Nutan and Tanuja.[3] Since 1983, she had been living mostly a reclusive life.[4]

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.[5]


In her teens, she appeared in Mehboob Khan's Bahen (1941), a film about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. She performed in a few more movies before filming Anokha Pyaar (1948). In 1950, she garnered fame when she became a top star with her performances opposite Ashok Kumar in Samadhi and Sangram. Samadhi was a patriotic drama concerning Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. Although the leading movie magazine of the day, Film India, called it "politically obsolete", it enjoyed success at the box office. She also worked with Shammi Kapoor in romantic classic Mehbooba (1954) and comedy film Hum Sab Chor Hai (1956). Sangram was a crime drama in which Nalini played the heroine reforming the anti-hero. She and Ashok Kumar performed together in other films, such as Jalpari (1952), Kafila (1952), Nau Bahar (1952), Saloni (1952), Lakeeren (1954), Naaz (1954), Mr. X (1957), Sheroo (1957) and Toofan Mein Pyar Kahan (1963).

Nalini remained an important leading actress through the mid-1950s, appearing in such films as Rahi (1953), Shikast (1953), Railway Platform (1955)), Nastik (1954), Munimji (1955), and Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956). The 1958 film Kala Pani, directed by Raj Khosla, was Nalini's last successful movie, for which she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Bombay Race Course (1965) was the last film she made before retirement. After 18 years, she returned as a character actress in Nastik which marked her last film appearance.


Nalini Jaywant died lonely on 20 December 2010, aged 84, at her bungalow of 60 years at Union Park, Chembur, Mumbai, India. The death was not noticed by anyone until an ambulance carried her body after 3 days of her passing away. The neighbours reported that she had secluded herself from society and had not been meeting people after her husband's death. Her relatives were also not in touch with her for long.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit



External linksEdit

  1. ^ a b "'Mera Dard Na Jaane Koy' – Nalini Jaywant". Blogspot. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Nalini Jaywant". Upperstall. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Down memory lane with Shobhana Samarth
  4. ^ Nalini Jaywant profile
  5. ^ The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Ludhiana Stories
  6. ^ "Actress Nalini Jaywant's 'death' shrouded in mystery".