Nalini Jaywant an Indian movie actress was born in Bombay in the year of 1926.
Since 1983, she has been living mostly a reclusive life.
She was married to the director Virendra Desai in the 1940s. Then she was rumored to have a romance with her co-star Ashok Kumar. Later, she married her second husband, actor Prabhu Dayal, with whom she acted within several movies.
She is the first cousin to actress Shobhna Samarth, who was the mother of actresses Nutan and Tanuja. Shobhna's mother, actress Rattan Bai, was a sibling of Nalini's father.
She started her career with the film called “Radhika” (1941) which was her debut film. Then she appeared in “Nirdosh” released in the same year 1941.
She got some prominence through her performance in Mehboob Khan's “Behen” (1941), a movie about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. She also did a playback singing in this film, which was a new and an experimental turn in her career.
She performed in a few more movies after that such as “Adaab Arz” (1943) “Gunjan “(1948) and “Phir Bhi Apna Hai” (1946)
Then she appeared in Anokha Pyaar (1948), which was a very notable performance in her career. The movie involved a love triangle among characters played by Dilip Kumar, Nargis, and Nalini. Her performance in that movie proved to be the movie's saving grace.
Then she appeared in the movie like “Hindustan Hamara” (1950) & “Aankhen” (1950)
But the year 1950 was a breakthrough year for Nalini when she became a top star with her performances opposite Ashok Kumar in “Samadhi” (1950) and “Sangram” (1950).
“Samadhi” was a patriotic drama concerning Subash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. The film enjoyed a big success at the box office. The song ‘Gore Gore O Banke Chhore’ picturized on a Nalini's character in Samadhi had become immensely popular.
“Sangram” was a crime drama wherein she played the heroine reforming the anti-hero.
After that she appeared in “Muqqadar” (1950) opposite Kishore Kumar. But she remained an important leading actress through the mid-1950s. Movie makers Mahesh Kaul, film “Naujavan” (1951)) and AR Kardar, film “Jaadu” (1951) developed her musical persona.
She signed many films after “Jaadu” like “Bhai ka Pyaar” (1951), “Ek Nazar”(1951), Nand Kishore” (1951), “Jal Pari” (1952), “Saloni” (1952), “Naubahar” (1952).
She performed admirably in successful Filmistan musicals, Nastik (1954) opposite Ajit and Munimjee (1955) opposite Dev Anand.
K. A. Abbas film “Raahi” (1953) and Ramesh Saigal’s film “Shikast” (1953) extended Nalini Jaywant’s association with realistic movies.
“Baap Beti”, “Naaz”, “Mehbooba”, “Nastik”, “Kavi”, “Lakeeren” (1954) & “Raj Kanya” (1955) gave her a good success in her career.
Then she appeared in “Chingaari” (1955), in which she also did a playback singing one more time in her career.
Railway Platform (1955) and Zia Sarhady “Awaaz” (1956) extended her character again with realistic movies.
Nalini and Ashok Kumar performed together in several more movies like Kafila (1952), Naubahar (1952), Saloni (1952), Mr. X, and Sheroo (1957).
Kaala Pani directed by Raj Khosla released in the year of 1958 was Nalini's last successful movie. She also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in that movie.
Bombay Race Course (1965) was Nalini's last main movie, though she did make a comeback of sorts playing a blind mother in Nastik (1983) which was officially her last movie in her entire career. This Nastik (1983) had no connection with Nastik (1954) in which she had starred earlier.
Actor Dilip Kumar considered Nalini as the greatest actress he ever worked with.
A Filmfare poll in the 1950s named her the most beautiful woman in the Indian movie world. She acted opposite all the top actors of her time (except with Raj Kapoor) in the hit movies like “Samadhi” (1950), “Jaadu” (1951), “Nastik” (1954), “Munimjee” (1955), “Mr. X” (1957), and “Kaala Pani” (1958).
She received much critical acclaim for her performances in “Raahi” (1952), “Shikast” (1953), “Railway Platform” (1955), and “Awaaz” (1956).