In Mother India (1957), she played Sunil Dutt's mother. While shooting for the film, Sunil rescued her when she was trapped amidst lit haystacks. The two fell in love, and later married.
Formed one of the most popular Hindi on-screen couples with Raj Kapoor. Off-screen, she was deeply in love with the already married Raj Kapoor.
Nargis was the first actor to be honored with the Padmashree Award; she was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament) for her charitable work for spastics.
Half-sister of Anwar Hussain and Akhtar Hussain.
Granddaughter of Motilal Nehru and Daleepabai.