Nargis was born with the name Fatima A. Rashid. Since 1934, she performed in films, first in productions of their parents, from 1943 she played adult roles and was published six years later at the age of 20 years a movie star. She had her breakthrough in 1949 with Andaz by Mehboob Khan on the side of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor. Nargis often worked with the actor and director Raj Kapoor, the sympathy of the two actors came for each other, especially in romantic films to fruition. They turned to each other more than 15 films, including the successful strip Barsaat (1949 ), Awaara (1951 ), Shri 420 ( 1955) Chori Chori and (1956).
Even with Mehboob Khan, under whose direction she played in 1943 for the first time, there was a close working connection. He was director of the film Mother India / Bharat Mata ( 1957), which ' is the most outstanding achievement and highlight of the film career Nargis. In epic, she plays the lives of principled, Indian farmer Radha their youth to old age. The film received five Filmfare Awards and was nominated as the first Indian film for the Oscar for best foreign language film.
After that, Nargis retired from the film business and worked in the charity sector. She was the first film personality who was awarded the Padma Shri. Since 1959, she was married to actor Sunil Dutt, her son is the actor Sanjay Dutt. Nargis died in 1981 of cancer. Sunil Dutt founded after her death, the Cancer Aid organization Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation. The Nargis Dutt Award, a National Indian Film Award is named after her.