The on-screen chemistry between Raj Kapoor and Nargis was undeniable. Awara, Shree 420, Barsaat, and a slew of other films featured the two. Naturally, the two grew close in real life as well and are considered one of Hindi cinema’s most famous couples. However, in 1958, Nargis married actor Sunil Dutt after he rescued her on the set of Mother India.
In his memoirs Khullam Khulla, Raj Kapoor’s son, late actor Rishi Kapoor, wrote that the bond between the two families healed in later years when Nargis and her husband Sunil Dutt attended his wedding. On the occasion, he also said that his mother, Krishna Raj Kapoor, talked to Nargis.
“My father did everything with great pomp and show and that included our wedding ceremonies. He flew in the maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan for my sangeet. It was a typical Raj Kapoor event that started at 11.30 p.m. and continued till 6 a.m,” Rishi wrote.
“J.P. Chowksey later told me that something unexpected had happened on my wedding day too. Nargis-ji had not set foot in RK Studios after she completed Jagte Raho in 1956. However, that day, she came with Sunil Dutt to attend the ceremony. She was apparently very nervous about attending a Kapoor event after twenty-four years. My mother, sensing her hesitation, reportedly took her aside and said, ‘My husband is a handsome man. He is also a romantic. I can understand the attraction. I know what you are thinking, but please don’t beat yourself up over the past. You have come to my home on a happy occasion and we are here today as friends,’” Rishi said in his biography.