She was first cousin of actress Shobhna Samarth, the mother of actresses Nutan and Tanuja.Since 1983, she had been living mostly a reclusive life.
She was married
to director Virendra Desai in the 1940s. Later, she married her second
husband, actor Prabhu Dayal, with whom she acted in several movies.
Nalini Jaywant died on 20 December 2010, aged 84, at her bungalow of 60
years at Union Park,Chembur, Mumbai.Mystery surrounds the 'death' of
yesteryear actress Nalini Jaywant who passed away three days ago (2010)
in tragically lonely circumstances at her bungalow in Chembur. Her
relatives and those she had once worked with in the film industry were
all unaware of the passing of the star who scaled the heights of fame in
the 1940s and '50s but had turned into a complete recluse for the last
many years. The house is locked and in complete darkness for the past
three days, the servants have gone, and Naliniji's pet dogs are on the
streets. We neighbours have been taking care of them."n her teens,
appeared in Mehboob Khan's Bahen (1941),a film about a brother's
obsessive love for his sister. The movie had strong shades of incest.
She performed in a few more movies before filming Anokha Pyaar (1948).
In 1950, she garnered fame when she became a top star with her
performances opposite Ashok Kumar in Samadhi and Sangram. Samadhi was a
patriotic drama concerning Subash Chandra Bose and the Indian National
Army.Although the leading movie magazine of the day, Film India, called
it "politically obsolete", it enjoyed success at the box office. Sangram
was a crime drama in which Nalini played the heroine reforming the
anti-hero. She and Ashok Kumar performed together in other films, such
as Jalpari (1952), Kafila (1952), Nau Bahar (1952), Saloni (1952),
Lakeeren (1954), Naaz (1954), Mr. X (1957), Sheroo (1957) and Toofan
Mein Pyar Kahan (1963).
Nalini remained an important leading actress
through the mid-1950s, appearing in such films as Rahi (1953), Shikast
(1953), Railway Platform (1955)), Nastik (1954), Munimji (1955), and Hum
Sab Chor Hain (1956). The 1958 film, Kala Pani, directed by Raj Khosla,
was Nalini's last successful movie, for which she won the Filmfare Best
Supporting Actress Award. Bombay Race Course (1965) was the last film
she made, aside from a 1983 film appearance
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