26 April 1953
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Years active||1967 – present|
Moushumi Chatterjee (26 April 1953; Bengali: মৌসুমি চ্যাটার্জী; Moushumi Chāţārjī) is a Bollywood actress, who has also acted in Bengali cinema. Her on-screen pair with actors like Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra was popular. She was 3rd highest paid Hindi actress in the period 1973-1984.
Personal life and education
Moushumi Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. Her father Prantosh Chattopadhyaya was in the Army and her grandfather was a judge. She had a sister and a brother. She is married to Jayant Mukherjee, (son of Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay). They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She started to act in Bollywood movies after her marriage, which was quite unusual for women during that time.
Career as lead heroine (1967–1984)
She made her film debut in the Bengali hit, Balika Badhu (1967) directed by Tarun Majumdar at the age of 15. In an interview Moushumi Chatterjee quoted, "After Balika Badhu, I was flooded with Bengali movies but I wished to complete my studies. However, movies were in my fate hence when I was studying in class X, a close aunt of mine was on her death bed and her last wish was to see me married. Hence, to satisfy her wish I got married."  Her debut as heroine in the Hindi film Anuraag in 1972 was directed by director, Shakti Samanta. The film became very successful. She played a blind girl who falls in love, and her performance earned her a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. The film won the Filmfare Award as Best Picture. About her Hindi film debut, she once said in an interview "As my father-in-law was a renowned film celebrity many film personalities used to throng our house. One among them was filmmaker Shakti Samanta who insisted upon me to act in movies. I declined but both my father-in-law and my husband encouraged me thus I got Anuraag."
When asked about her first role in Hindi films in an interview she said that "[w]hen Shaktida told me that I have to play a blind lady I was taken aback. I honestly told Shaktida that I may not do justice to the role as I have never studied a blind person but Shaktida assured me that he will take me to a blind school and train me, however he insisted to do a small Mahurat shot before. [...] After the shot Shaktida told me that I had given the shot so skillfully that there was no need to visit a blind school!"
In 1973, following Anuraag, she played in several films including Naina opposite Shashi Kapoor, Kuchhe Dhaage with Vinod Khanna, and Us Paar with Vinod Mehra. In 1974, she acted with the then struggling Amitabh Bachchan in the thriller Benaam and opposite Rajesh Khanna in the suspense drama Humshakal. Her most successful film came at the end of 1974, where she played a rape survivor in Manoj Kumar's Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974). Her rape sequence in the film is still considered one of the most disturbing scenes in Hindi cinema.[according to whom?] Her performance earned her a Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress.
She was paired romantically with actor Vinod Mehra in 10 films and the pair worked together in a total of 13 films, including Anuraag, Us-Paar, Raftaar, Umar Qaid, Mazaaq (1975), Zindagi (1976), Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980). She did Basu Chatterjee's film Manzil (1979). Her Bengali film with Uttam Kumar - Ogu Bodhu Sundari released in 1981 became successful. In 1982, she did Marathi film-Cameo Role for Song Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari from the film Bhannat Bhanu. In addition to Vinod Mehra, she played with lead actors including Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar. Her successful films with Rajesh Khanna included Bhola Bhala, Prem Bandhan, Ghar Parivaar. In 1984, she worked as the lead heroine in three films: Maang Baro Sajna, Ghar Ek Mandir, and Pet Pyaar Aur Paap In 1985, she played in the Bengali film Pratigna. After 1985, she did not get main female lead roles regularly in Hindi films.
Career as supporting actress (1985-present)
From 1985 to 1991, she got more offers as character actress and she made the transition thus to character roles of mother and bhabhi (sister-in-law) often pairing with Dharmendra or Sunil Dutt. She played Sunny Deol’s sister-in-law in Ghayal. Occasionally, she got main lead roles in films in the 1990s with Ghar Parivaar and Aa Ab Laut Chalen both opposite Rajesh Khanna, then Santaan, Prateeksha (1993), Udhaar Ki Zindagi with Jeetendra. Some of her films as supporting actress since 1995 include Keemat: They Are Back (1998), Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Hum Kaun Hai? (2004).
In 2006, Moushumi Chatterjee made a comeback to cinema, with Tanuja Chandra’s Zindaggi Rocks, and she even did the Indo-Canadian production, Bollywood/Hollywood in 2003.
Bengali film career
Her Bengali films as the lead heroine include Balika Badhu (1969), Parineeta (1969), Anindita (1972), Anand Ashram(1977), Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981), Prarthana (1984), Shatarupa (1989), Kari Diye Kinlam (1989) and later as supporting actress were Nater Guru (2003), Bhalobasar Anek Naam (2005), Golapi Ekhon Bilatey (2006), The Japanese Wife (2010) and Goynar Baksho (2013).
She married producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of music composer and singer Hemant Kumar. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She acted in Hindi films after marriage.
Moushumi accepted a dual role in Tanuja Chandra's Zindaggi Rocks (2006) and crossed over to Canada to act in Bollywood/Hollywood (2003). She entered politics in 2004.
- Best Actress award for Balika Badhu (Bengali)
- Best Actress Nominee for Anurag
- Best Supporting Actress Nomination for Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974)
- Won,Filmfare Award for Best Actor Supporting Role (Female) – Bengali for Goynar Baksho (2014)
- Piku (2015)
- Goynar Baksho (2013)... Pishi (Elder Rashmoni devi)
- The Japanese Wife (2010) ... Maashi
- "Zindaggi Rocks" (2006) ... Maus and Mom
- Hum Kaun Hai? (2004) .... Mrs. Martha Pinto
- Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) .... Mrs. Seth
- Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) .... Mrs. Malhotra
- Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) .... Rohan's Mother
- Keemat – They Are Back (1998) .... Sulakshana Tripathi
- Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998) .... Mrs. Chandrika Bansal
- Kareeb (1998) .... Neha's Mother
- Jallaad (1995)
- Kartavya (1995) .... Sharda Varma
- Ikke Pe Ikka (1994) .... Kaushalya Devi
- Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994).... Janki
- Santaan (1993) .... Laxmi
- Prateeksha (1993) .... Laxmi
- Nishchaiy (1992) .... Renuka Singh
- Khule-Aam (1992) (as Moushmi Chatterjee) .... Roopa
- Zulm Ki Hukumat (1992) .... Pitamber's wife
- Ghayal (1990) .... Indu Mehra
- Shehzaade (1989) .... Padmini Singh
- Sikka (1989) .... Laxmi
- Jung Baaz (1989).... Mrs. Krishna Prasad Saxena
- Aakhri Baazi (1989) .... Parvati P. Kumar
- Aakhri Gulam (1989)
- Agnee (1988) .... Shobha
- Vijay (1988) .... Rita
- Param Dharam (1987) .... Savitri
- Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... Mrs. Ganga Singh
- Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mala
- Ghar Ek Mandir (1984)
- Jawaani (1984) .... Prema Mohan
- Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984)
- Justice Chaudhury (1983) .... Janki Chaudhary
- Angoor (1982) .... Sudha A. Tilak
- Bhannat Bhanu (Marathi film-Cameo Role for Song Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari) (1982)
- Daasi (1981)
- Itni Si Baat (1981) .... Asha
- Krodhi (1981) .... Aarti
- Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981)
- Pyaasa Sawan (1981) .... Shanti
- Do Premee (1980) .... Payal/Parvati Singh Dogra
- Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
- Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) .... Anu
- Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) .... Sita Ram Kumar
- Swayamvar (1980) .... Roopa Bhargav
- Manzil (1979) .... Aruna Khosla
- Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Sandhya
- Prem Bandhan (1979) - Meena Mehra
- Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979) .... Rani
- Bhola Bhala (1978) .... Renu
- Dil Aur Deewar (1978) .... Saroj
- Phandebaaz (1978)
- Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1978) .... Shanti
- Swarg Narak (1978) .... Shobha Mohan Kapoor
- Tumhari Kasam (1978) .... Vidya
- Ab Kya Hoga (1977) (.... Lady who asked for a cup of Tea
- Anand Ashram (1977/I) .... Kiran
- Zindagi (1976) .... Seema (as Moushumi)
- Jai Bajrang Bali (1976) -- Devi Maa Sita
- Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1976) .... Sunita
- Anari (1975)
- Do Jhoot (1975)
- Mazaaq (1975) .... Moushumi
- Natak (1975)
- Raftaar (1975) .... Rani/Rita
- Umar Qaid (1975)
- Benaam (1974) .... Sheela Srivastav
- Badla (1974) .... Kalpana
- Humshakal (1974) .... Radha/Sita
- Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974) .... Tulsi
- Us-Paar (1974) .... Kamla (Kamli)
- Zehreela Insaan (1974)
- Ghulam Begam Badshah (1973)
- Kuchhe Dhaage (1973) .... Sona
- Naina (1973)
- Anindita (1972)
- Anuraag (1972) .... Shivani
- Parineeta (1969) .... Lalita
- Balika Badhu (1967)
-  glamsham.com; accessed 27 April 2014.
-  http://businessofcinema.com; accessed 27 April 2014.
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- "Moushumi Chatterjees tiff with husband". Entertainment.oneindia.in. 2006-08-03. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- Moushmi Chatterji at the Internet Movie Database