On This Day – Sunil Dutt’s Death Anniversary: Did You Know Dutt Marched from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 1988?
Dutt was honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1968.
Sunil Dutt is rightly regarded as one of the greatest film personalities ever in India. He was a superstar during the golden era of Hindi cinema and had a huge influence on the country's overall culture. He wore many hats in the industry – an actor, a director, and a producer.
More than his art, Dutt was well-known for his caring attitude and commitment to the betterment of society. He was keen to contribute to the larger good and make the world a better place. So, he led several social movements throughout his life.
Dutt departed away on this very date back in 2005. Today, on his death anniversary, we will share a lesser-known fact about him in this article.
Sunil Dutt marched from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 1988
In 1988, Dutt went to Japan and marched from Nagasaki to Hiroshima, to protest against nuclear weapons and appeal for global disarmament.
This left a significant mark on international politics at the time.
Notably, Nagasaki and Hiroshima were the targets of U.S. atomic bombs during World War II.
Some other lesser-known facts about Sunil Dutt
Sunil Dutt's real name was Balraj Dutt. The actor adopted the name 'Sunil' to avoid conflicts with Balraj Sahni.
Before stepping into Bollywood, Dutt once worked as a supervisor at Mumbai's BEST transportation division.
Dutt also worked as a radio jockey at the Hindi service of Radio Ceylon. He became very popular at the time.
He debuted in Bollywood in 1955 in the film 'Railway Platform'. But it was the 1957 film 'Mother India' that made him a star.
He joined the Indian National Congress party in 1984.
In the early 1990s, he retired from cinema to focus fully on politics.