Nutan came in the early 1950s by her mother Shobhana Samarth in contact with the film. After finishing school in Switzerland and the return to India she became a star in 1955 through her starring role in Amiya Chakrabortys Seema. Nutan won this her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Under the director Bimal Roy had with Sujata (1959) and Bandini (1963), another major hit films.
Nutan played with most male protagonists of their era, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar up to Kishore Kumar and Vinod Khanna. Also in the 1970s, she moved to the audience. In 1978 she played a role in Raj Khosla's award winning Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki. In the following decade, they often took over mother roles in the film.
Nutan was characterized by an intense drama, what Lata Mangeshkar prompted to choose it for the actress, who was the expression of their songs on the next. She is five times winner of the Filmfare Award / Best Actress. Nutan died in 1991 from cancer.
Her sister Tanuja and her nieces Kajol (Bollywood legend) and Tanisha are active as Hindi film actresses.