Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Actress Nutan was a professional hunter and has hunted a panther!

The brilliant actress of yesteryear, Nutan is widely acclaimed for her sober and women oriented roles. Making her debut with SEEMA, Nutan later did many hard-hitting sensitive roles in movies like SUJATA, BANDINI, MILAN, SARASWATICHANDRA, SAUDAGAR etc. She continued doing such roles till the fag end of career in movies like MAIN TULSI TERE AANGAN KI and MERI JUNG. Thus the viewers generally saw her on screen portraying weepy and poignant roles. 

However readers would be surprised to know unlike her ‘reel’ roles Nutan was vibrant, extrovert and an adventurous woman in ‘real’ life. While celebrities of her time had favorite past-time hobbies like painting, fashion designing or enjoying filmy parties, Nutan in stark contrast loved to spend her quality time hunting!


Readers may note that hunting in those days was a legal and was the favorite hobby of rich and famous. Nutan, along with her husband, Colonel Rajneesh Behl, a naval officer, would spend their holidays hunting. 

What may stun readers is that Nutan was not an amateur hunter but she was quite professional as she has the distinction of hunting a panther! 

Speaking about her strange hobby Nutan in an interview informed, “I have been bold and extrovert since childhood. However the credit for developing interest in hunting and training me into a gallant and proficient hunter goes to my husband. He was a skilled hunter and always took me for hunting and during these stints he taught me the nuance of hunting so well that one day I hunted a panther myself!” 

“What’s more even my son Mohnish Behl, who use to accompany us, learned hunting and has hunted many animals,” added Nutan