Mithun Chakraborty

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Mithun Chakraborty
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Born Gouranga Chakraborty
(1952-07-16) July 16, 1952 (age 61)
Barisal, present-day Bangladesh
Occupation Actor
Television presenter
Member of Parliament
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Helena Luke (divorced)
Yogeeta Bali (1979–present)
Children Mahaakshay Chakraborty
Rimoh Chakraborty
Namashi Chakraborty
Dishani Chakraborty

Gouranga Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, is the Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from All India Trinamool Congress (TMC).[1] He is a Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, and entrepreneur, who has won three National Film Awards. He made his acting debut with the art house drama Mrigayaa (1976), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor.

He gained fans as a dancing star and went on to establish himself as one of the all time top ten greatest and most popular actors of India, particularly recognized for his role as the street dancer Jimmy in the 1982 Bollywood movie Disco Dancer. He also attracted worldwide audiences, particularly in the former Soviet Union[2][3][4] where he became a household name for his role in Disco Dancer.[5] He later won two more National Film Awards for his performances in Tahader Katha (1992) & Swami Vivekananda (1998). Chakraborty has appeared in about 350 films[6] including Bengali, Oriya, Bhojpuri and Punjabi[7] pictures.

Chakraborty owns the Monarch Group, which has interests in the hospitality sector[8] and educational sector.[9] He has also started the production house Paparatzy Productions[10] He is the Chairperson of Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union which take care the welfare of cine workers and resolve their demands and problems.[11][12][13][14] The Television show Dance India Dance where Mithun is the Grandmaster has already entered in Limca Book of Records and Guinness World Records[15] Chakraborty played a crucial role of mediator between Pranab Mukherjee and Mamata Banerjee, winning the Congressman the support of the Trinamool chief in the 2012 presidential election.[16]

A comic book named Jimmy Zhingchak has been made based on Chakraborty.[17][18][19][20]

Early life and education[edit]

Mithun Chakraborty was born in a Bengali Hindu Brahmin family did his schooling at the Oriental Seminary. He graduated with chemistry from Scottish Church College of the University of Calcutta and is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. He was a staunch Naxalite before entering films, but tragedy struck his family when his only brother was electrocuted and killed in a freak accident. He returned to his family and left the Naxalite fold, even though this posed a grave risk to his own life.[21] He had also undergone expert training in Martial Arts to the grade of black belt[22] that made him excel in fight sequences.

Film career[edit]


Mithun receiving his Best Actor National Award for Mrigaya

Mithun Chakraborty made his debut in the 1976 Mrinal Sen-directed film Mrigaya, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor. His film Mera Rakshak was a success of 1978. Mithun rose to stardom with the low budget Ravikant Nagaich directed spy film Surakshaa, released in 1979. The film was so successful, that many movies starring Mithun in the lead role were launched. The combination with director Deepak Bahry also happened for the first time in 1979 with Tarana. Another important film for Mithun in the late 70s was Prem Vivah, directed by Basu Chatterjee.


Mithun had over 110 releases in the 1980s. Disco Dancer released in 1982, became a blockbuster and made Mithun a star. He had also done lighter roles in Shaukeen, Sun Sajna and Aamne Samne. As Amitabh Bachchan moved to politics, Mithun became Bollywood' s second highest paid star after Bachchan.[23] He also became India's highest tax payer in 1986.[24] Chakraborty went on to star in a number of romantic and family dramas during the 1980s, such as Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye, Ghar Ek Mandir, Pyaar Jhukta Nahin, Swarag Se Sunder and Pyaar Ka Mandir. These films remain his most commercially successful films to date.[25] He was also widely recognized as an action hero in films like Jagir , Jaal, Dilwaala , Watan Ke Rakhwale and Waqt Ki Awaz. His performances never won any award in 1986 and 1987 as Filmfare Awards was never announced due to technical reasons. As Mithun always had higher number of releases, sometimes it affected the business of his own films as happened in 1989, where he had a record 19 films.


Mithun had another 100 plus releases in this decade too, starting with Agneepath which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Films like Shandaar,Gunahon Ka Devta, Pyar Ka Devta,Trinetra and Mere Sajana Saath Nibhana followed. In 1992, the critically acclaimed Bengali film Tahader Katha won him his second National Film Award for Best Actor. In this period he decided to take a break from Mumbai. He shifted his entire family to Ooty and he constructed The Monarch Hotel. Mithun then decided to do movies only to be shot at Ooty and nearby locations and he provided discount rates to the film crew to stay in his hotel as well. This strategy paid off as numerous films starring Mithun was launched every week, so he shifted his focus from mainstream Hindi cinemas to low-budget movies. Dalaal was released followed by other low-budget films like Phool Aur Angaar , Ravan Raaj: A True Story and Shapath, which created a market for low budget productions.[26]

Jallad won him the Filmfare Best Villain Award and Star Screen Award Best Villain for the year 1995. His economical film production was popular as Mithun's Dream Factory.[27][28][29][30][31] Even he could not do Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar as his character had to crop his hair, which would have affected his other 15 films at that time. By this time, Chakraborty held the record for appearing in the most number of Hindi films as a hero. A third National Award followed in 1998, this time for the Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, in G. V. Iyer's Swami Vivekananda. Once again the overdose of Mithun releases affected the business as 1998 and 1999 itself had almost 30 releases. This decade proved Mithun as a businessman more than a star as low-budget filmmakers were given their due by Mithun. He operates hotels in Mudhumalai and Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Darjeeling, Siliguri[32] and Kolkata.[33]


Mithun's Dream Factory films still continued to hold the audiences, moreover he started doing more Bengali films and gave consistent films like Titli, Guru, Barood, Yuddho, Tulkalam and Rehmat Ali. Chakraborty also made a comeback to the mainstream Hindi film industry in 2005 with the film Elaan. After a few supporting roles in films such as Lucky: No Time for Love (2005) and Dil Diya Hai (2006), he starred in Mani Ratnam's film Guru. He was also acclaimed for his villainous role in Kalpana Lajmi's Chingaari (2005). His 2009 movie Zor Lagaa Ke...Haiya! won multiple International awards[34] and Chal Chalein was appreciated by critics for its bold theme. Critically acclaimed Phir Kabhi with Dimple Kapadia had a première through a direct to home (DTH) release in September 2009 and won as many as six awards in as many categories at the Los Angeles Reel Awards 2009.


(From right to left) Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Riteish Deskmukh in an event.

Chakraborty's recent films include Veer (2010) with Salman Khan, Golmaal 3 (2010) with Ajay Devgn and in 2012, he done 3 films with Akshay Kumar, Housefull 2, OMG – Oh My God! and Khiladi 786. His home production Enemmy (2013) was with his own son Mimoh Chakraborty and actor Sunil Shetty. He also done Anthony D'Souza's Boss (2013) with Akshay Kumar.

Now he is working on It's Entertainment with Akshay Kumar, Subhash Ghai' s Kaanchi... where he is playing a very different character wearing facial prosthetics. He is also working in Kick with Salman Khan.

Regional films[edit]

Parallel to his Bollywood career, Mithun Chakraborty has also worked in Bengali, as well as in realistic or arthouse movies including Troyee, made in 1982. He appeared in director Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Tahader Katha which got him his second National Award in 1992. Mithun occasionally did Bengali films like Anyay Abichar, Swarna Trishna and Jiban Yuddha, but after 2000, he has concentrated more in Bengali films. He also appeared in Goutam Ghose's Gudia in 1999 as well as Rituparno Ghosh's Titli in 2002. In 2008, he collaborated again with Buddhadeb Dasgupta for Kaalpurush and later appeared in films Shukno Lanka and Target: The Final Mission. His performances in Mrigaya, Tahader Katha, Kaalpurush and Titli won him National Film Awards and nominations. His debut Bhojpuri film Bhole Shankar is considered as the biggest Bhojpuri film.[35] Similarly his Oriya film Ae Jugara Krushna Sudama where he co-starred with Oriya icon Uttam Mohanty was also a huge success.[36] The last Bengali hits for Mithun are Handa and Bhonda, Nobel Chor and Le Halwa Le. His new Bengali films are Buddhuram Dhol Duniya Gol and the science fiction Jole Jongole with White Mischief[37][38] Chakraborty is now doing a bi-lingual in Tamil and Telugu. Its Tamil title is Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka.[39] He is also doing Debaditya Bandopadhyay's Bengali film Nakshal.[40]


After the success of Dance Bangla Dance a Bengali reality show competitive dance program, Mithun Chakraborty developed the concept of Dance India Dance, an Indian dance competition show that airs on Zee TV in the India, produced by UTV Software Communications and has become India's largest dance-based reality show. The contestants get a chance to perform before a panel of judges composed of Terrence Lewis, Remo D'Souza and Geeta Kapoor. The selection of the season's Top 18 live show finalists are overseen by head judge Mithun Chakraborty. The show has won several Television Awards for Most Popular Dance Reality Show.[41] Mithun is also the Grand Master for Dance India Dance Li'l Masters as well as the host of the reality show titled Dadagiri Unlimited on Zee Bangla channel. He replaced Sourav Ganguly as the host of the show.[42][43] Now Chakraborty is hosting the Bengali version of Bigg Boss.[44]

Political career[edit]

Mithunda recently joined after he was nominated to be the candidate for the Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament elections by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee for her All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal Rajya Sabha Assembly Polls which was held on February 7, 2014[45]

Personal life[edit]

Mithun Chakraborty was a wrestler in his younger days. He trained at Panchanan Bayam Samity, Jorabagan, Kolkata under the supervision of Sudhir Saha, International coach. In 1967, he won the West Bengal State Wrestling Championship in the Junior Category.[46]

In the 1970s Mithun was briefly married to model Helena Luke. After their divorce, Helena moved to the US and is now a stewardess with an American airline.

During the 1980s, Chakraborty had an affair with Sridevi.[47][48][49] Sridevi had fallen in love with Chakraborty on the set of Rakesh Roshan's Jaag Utha Insan.[50][51] Chakraborty and Sridevi grew close. But when Yogeeta Bali, Chakraborty’s wife, got to know about the affair she said that she would never leave Chakraborty.[47] Sridevi and Chakraborty married secretly and Chakraborty later admitted it to the press after a fan magazine published their marriage certificate.[50] Yogeeta Bali overdosed on sedatives, after which Chakraborty returned to her.[50][51] Sridevi drifted closer to Boney Kapoor.[47] Mona Kapoor, Boney's first wife, later recalled in a Savvy cover story that at one stage, Sridevi had even tied a rakhi on Boney’s wrist to prove to Chakraborty that it was only a platonic relationship.[48]

Chakraborty is married to Yogeeta Bali and has four children. Mimoh, who is an actor, Rimoh, Namashi and Dishani.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Year Film Year Film
1976 Mrigayaa, Do Anjaane 1977 Mukti 1978 Mera Rakshak, Hamara Sansar, Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan.
1979 Amar Deep,Prem Vivah, Surakshaa, Tarana, 1980 Patita,Hum Paanch, Khwab, The Naxalites, Taxi Chor, Unees-Bees, Kismet, Sitara 1981 Jeene Ki Arzoo,Shaukeen, Wardaat, Aadat Se Majboor, Be-Shaque, Sahhas,
1982 Disco Dancer, Troyee, Taqdeer Ka Badshah, Aadat Se Majboor, Aamne Samne, Shaukeen 1983 Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye, Woh Jo Hasina, Taqdeer, Pasand Apni Apni, Hum Se Hai Zamana, Freb, 1984 Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki, Sharara, Jaag Utha Insan, Boxer, Ghar Ek Mandir, Baazi, Jagir
1985 Pyaar Jhukta Nahin, Ghulami, Karishma Kudrat Kaa, Aar Paar, Anyay Abichar, Aandhi-Toofan, Yaadon Ki Kasam,Bepanaah, 1986 Ek Aur Sikander, Swarag Se Sunder, Aisa Pyaar Kahan, Tyagi, Baat Ban Jaye, Avinash, Nasihat, Pyaar Ke Do Pal, Sheesha,, 1987 Dance Dance, Param Dharam, Watan Ke Rakhwale, Hawalaat, Mera Yaar Mera Dushman, Deewana Tere Naam Ka
1988 Waqt Ki Awaz, Jeete Hain Shaan Se, Commando, Saazish, Pyaar Ka Mandir, Mar Mitenge, Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati, Agnee 1989 Mujrim, Prem Pratigyaa, Guru, Ladaai, Aakhri Ghulam, Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe, Ilaaka, Garibon Ka Daata, Daata, Bees Saal Baad, Dost, Hisaab Khoon Ka, Bhrashtachar 1990 Pyar Ke Naam Qurbaan, Dushman, Pati Patni Aur Tawaif, Gunahon Ka Devta, Agneepath, Pyar Ka Karz, Hum Se Na Takrana, Dushman, Paap Ki Kamaee
1991 Pyar Hua Chori Chori, Trinetra, Pyar Ka Devta, Shikari: The Hunter, Pratigyabadh, Swarg Yahan Narak Yahan, 1992 Tahader Katha, Dil Aashna Hai, Ghar Jamai, Mere Sajana Saath Nibhana 1993 Dalaal, Tadipaar, Phool Aur Angaar, Jeevan Ki Shatranj, Aadmi, Shatranj, Krishan Avtaar, 'Yugandhar, Meherbaan, Pardesi
1994 Cheetah, Yaar Gaddar, Teesra Kaun, Paramatma, Janta Ki Adalat, Kranti Kshetra 1995 Jallaad, Ravan Raaj: A True Story, Nishana, Ahankaar, Ab Insaf Hoga, Gunehgar, Bhagya Debata 1996 Nirbhay, Muqaddar, Jung, Rangbaaz, Jurmana, Bhishma, Daanveer, Apne Dam Par, Angaara, Meri Pratigya
1997 Loha, Jodidar, Shapath, Suraj, Kaalia, Gudia, Daadagiri, Jeevan Yudh, Krantikari 1998 Yamraaj,Chandaal, Gunda, Mard, Swami Vivekananda, Sher-E-Hindustan, Saazish, Military Raaj, Hatyara, Devta, Mafia Raaj 1999 Heeralal Pannalal, Aaya Toofan, Aaag Hi Aag, Kahani Kismat Ki, Sanyasi Mera Naam, Shera, Phool Aur Aag
2000 Sultaan, Jwalamukhi, Billa No. 786, Aaj Ka Ravan, Kaali Topi Laal Rumaal, Sabse Bada Beiman, Justice Chowdhary, Dada, Agniputra 2001 Bengal Tiger, Bhairav, Meri Pyaari Bahania Banegi Dulhania, Baghaawat – Ek Jung, Banih Bahaniya Hamar, Arjun Devaa, Meri Adalat 2002 Titli, Sabse Badkar Hum, Marshal, Bangali Babu, Gautam Govinda,
2003 Ae Jugara Krushna Sudama, Chaalbaaz, Santrash, Guru 2004 Barood, Coolie 2005 Elaan, Lucky: No Time for Love, Yuddho, Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai,Chita (film), Classic Dance of Love.
2006 Chingaari, Dil Diya Hai, MLA Fatakeshto,Hungama, 2007 Guru, Tulkalam, Minister Fatakeshto, Lal Pahare'r Katha, Tiger 2008 Bhole Shankar, Heroes, Satyameba Jayate, Kaalpurush
2009 Luck, Phir Kabhi, Baabarr,Chal Chalein, Chandni Chowk to China, Ek Nadir Galpo: Tale of a River 2010 Veer, Rehmat Ali, Shukno Lanka, Golmaal 3 2011 Ami Shubhash Bolchi, F.A.L.T.U
2012 Zindagi Tere Naam,Nobel Chor, Housefull 2, OMG – Oh My God!,Khiladi 786 2013 , Enemmy,Boss, 2014 Kaanchi...,Kick (2014 Film),It's Entertainment,Bhaiyyaji Superhitt,Aap ke liye hum,Buddhuram Dhol Duniya Gol,Maqsad,Bombay Fairytale,

Books on Mithun Chakraborty[edit]

Book Language Writer Other notes
Amar Nayikara Bengali Sumit Dey Mithun Chakraborty the cinema actor and his heroines.
Ananya Mithun Bengali Subrata Gangaphadya, Biography of Mithun Chakraborty
Mithuner Katha Bengali Jayanta Ghosh Mithuner katha / edited and compiled by Jayanta Ghosh
Cinemay Naamte Hole Bengali Mithun Chakraborty Mithun Chakraborty answering questions to his fans
Marbo Ekhane Lash Porbe Shoshane Bengali Ashishtaru Mukhaphadya Life story of Mithun Chakraborty


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