Bombay actor/politician Sunil Dutt dies

May 25, 2005 at 10:38 AM

BOMBAY, May 25 (UPI) -- Bollywood actor and politician Sunil Dutt, who gained fame and an Oscar nomination for the 1956 "Mother India," has died of a heart attack at age 75.

Dutt had been ill for some time and suffered a heart attack in Bombay Wednesday, the BBC reported.

Dutt, who represented Bombay in Parliament since 1984, was the minister of sport and youth affairs in the Congress Party-led Indian government.

Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi said Dutt was "a very special human being."

"He had friends and admirers -- not just in India but also across the world -- who will now miss him," Gandhi told the BBC.

Dutt, born in an area now part of Pakistan, began his acting career in the 1950s.

He gained international fame and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film with "Mother India."

His last movie was the 2004 "Munnabhai MBBS," in which Dutt starred with his son, Sunjay.

In addition to Sunjay, he is survived by two daughters.

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