Moushumi Chatterjee

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Moushumi Chatterjee (born 1948) is an Indian actress who is recognized for her work in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. Her on-screen pairings with actors such as Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra were popular. She was the sixth highest paid actress in Hindi films.She has joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 2 January 2019.

Personal life and education[edit]

Moushumi Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. Her father Prantosh Chattopadhyaya was in the Indian Army and her grandfather was a judge.

She is married to Jayant Mukherjee (son of famous playback singer Hemant Kumar). They have two daughters, Payal and Megha.[1] She started to act in Bollywood movies after her marriage, which was quite unusual for Indian women during that time.[citation needed]


1967–1984: Debut and breakthrough[edit]

Chatterjee made her film debut in the Bengali hit Balika Badhu (1967), directed by Tarun Majumdar at the age of 11.[2] 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."[2] She was called as Indira at home. She got engaged to guardian and neighbour Hemant Kumar’s son, Jayant Mukherjee (Babu). “I fell in love with Babu. He was the first man I came in touch with outside my family."[3]She was then seen in Bengali films like Parineeta, Anindita.

Her debut as heroine in the Hindi film Anuraag in 1972 was directed by 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. Anuraag won the Filmfare Award as Best Picture. About her Hindi film debut, she 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."[2] When asked about her first role in Hindi films 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 ... he insisted to do a small Mahurat shot before. [...] When I reached the studio I was excited to see Bollywood luminaries like Nutanji, Dadamoni (Ashok Kumar fondly callked), Rajesh Khanna, S. D. Burman and others. The moment Shaktida called action I did my Mahurat shot confidently and was applauded. After the shot, Shaktida told me that I had given the shot so skillfully that there was no need to visit a blind school!"[2]

In 1973, 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.[4] Her rape sequence is considered one of the most disturbing scenes in Hindi cinema.[according to whom?] Her performance earned her a Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Her other most successful films were Swarg Narak with Jeetendra and Anand Ashram with Rakesh Roshan. She also did justice to her role in the Sanjeev Kumar starrer Angoor.

She was paired romantically with actor Vinod Mehra in 10 films,[5] and the pair worked together in 13 films, including Anuraag, Us-Paar, Raftaar, Umar Qaid, Mazaaq, Zindagi and Jyoti Bane Jwala. 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 the Marathi film (cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") Bhannat Bhanu. In addition to Vinod Mehra, she played with lead actors including Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar. She had hat-trick of hits in 1984 - Maang Baro Sajna, Ghar Ek Mandir and Pet Pyaar Aur Paap.

Her successful films with Rajesh Khanna included Bhola Bhala, Prem Bandhan and Ghar Parivar. In 1984, she worked as the lead heroine in three successful 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 lead roles regularly in Hindi films.[citation needed]She had her second child Megha at her age of 24 and didn’t work for two years as Megha was a weak child. But the moment Moushmi thought of returning, she got four offers including Watan Ke Rakhwale, Aag Hi Aag and Ghayal.

1985–present: Transition period[edit]

From 1985 to 1991, Chatterjee got more offers as a character actress and she made the transition thus to 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 lead roles in films in the 1990s such as Ghar Parivaar and Aa Ab Laut Chalen, both opposite Rajesh Khanna, then Santaan, Prateeksha (1993) and 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) and Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Hum Kaun Hai? (2004).

In 2006, Moushumi Chatterjee made a comeback to cinema, with Tanuja Chandra's Zindaggi Rocks. She did the Indo-Canadian production Bollywood/Hollywood in 2003.[5]

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), Bidhilipi (1991) and later as supporting actress; Nater Guru (2003), Bhalobasar Anek Naam (2005), The Japanese Wife (2010) and Goynar Baksho (2013). She sang a song titled "Tomar Duare" in the film Mallick Bari (2009). In 2014, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Bengali film Goynar Baksho and received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Personal life[edit]

She married producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of music composer and singer Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, who is also an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She acted in Hindi films after marriage. [6]

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.



  1. Piku (2015)
  2. Goynar Baksho (2013)... Pishi (Elder Rashmoni devi)
  3. The Japanese Wife (2010) ... Maashi
  4. Zindaggi Rocks (2006) ... Maus and Mom
  5. Hum Kaun Hai? (2004) .... Mrs. Martha Pinto
  6. Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) .... Mrs. Seth
  7. Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) .... Mrs. Malhotra
  8. Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) .... Rohan's Mother
  9. Keemat – They Are Back (1998) .... Sulakshana Tripathi
  10. Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998) .... Mrs. Chandrika Bansal
  11. Kareeb (1998) .... Neha's Mother
  12. Jallaad (1995)
  13. Kartavya (1995) .... Sharda Varma
  14. Ikke Pe Ikka (1994) .... Kaushalya Devi
  15. Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994).... Janki
  16. Santaan (1993) .... Laxmi
  17. Prateeksha (1993) .... Laxmi
  18. Nishchaiy (1992) .... Renuka Singh
  19. Khule-Aam (1992) (as Moushmi Chatterjee) .... Roopa
  20. Zulm Ki Hukumat (1992) .... Pitamber's wife
  21. Ghayal (1990) .... Indu Mehra
  22. Shehzaade (1989) .... Padmini Singh
  23. Sikka (1989) .... Laxmi
  24. Jung Baaz (1989).... Mrs. Krishna Prasad Saxena
  25. Aakhri Baazi (1989) .... Parvati P. Kumar
  26. Aakhri Gulam (1989)
  27. Agnee (1988) .... Shobha
  28. Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) ....
  29. Vijay (1988) .... Rita
  30. Param Dharam (1987) .... Savitri
  31. Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... Mrs. Ganga Singh
  32. Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mala
  33. Urbashi (1986)
  34. Ghar Ek Mandir (1984)
  35. Jawaani (1984) .... Prema Mohan
  36. Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984)
  37. Justice Chaudhury (1983) .... Janki Chaudhary
  38. Angoor (1982) .... Sudha A. Tilak
  39. Bhannat Bhanu (Marathi film, cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") (1982)
  40. Daasi (1981)
  41. Itni Si Baat (1981) .... Asha
  42. Krodhi (1981) .... Aarti
  43. Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981)
  44. Pyaasa Sawan (1981) .... Shanti
  45. Do Premee (1980) .... Payal/Parvati Singh Dogra
  46. Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
  47. Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) .... Anu
  48. Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) .... Sita Ram Kumar
  49. Swayamvar (1980) .... Roopa Bhargav
  50. Manzil (1979) .... Aruna Khosla
  51. Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Sandhya
  52. Prem Bandhan (1979) - Meena Mehra
  53. Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979) .... Rani
  54. Bhola Bhala (1978) .... Renu
  55. Dil Aur Deewar (1978) .... Saroj
  56. Phandebaaz (1978)
  57. Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1978) .... Shanti
  58. Swarg Narak (1978) .... Shobha Mohan Kapoor
  59. Tumhari Kasam (1978) .... Vidya
  60. Ab Kya Hoga (1977) (.... Lady who asked for a cup of Tea
  61. Anand Ashram (1977/I) .... Kiran
  62. Zindagi (1976) .... Seema (as Moushumi)
  63. Jai Bajrang Bali (1976) -- Devi Maa Sita
  64. Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1976) .... Sunita
  65. Anari (1975)
  66. Do Jhoot (1975)
  67. Mazaaq (1975) .... Moushumi
  68. Natak (1975)
  69. Raftaar (1975) .... Rani/Rita
  70. Umar Qaid (1975)
  71. Benaam (1974) .... Sheela Srivastav
  72. Badla (1974) .... Kalpana
  73. Humshakal (1974) .... Radha/Sita
  74. Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974) .... Tulsi
  75. Us-Paar (1974) .... Kamla (Kamli)
  76. Zehreela Insaan (1974)
  77. Ghulam Begam Badshah (1973)
  78. Kuchhe Dhaage (1973) .... Sona
  79. Naina (1973)
  80. Anindita (1972)
  81. Anuraag (1972) .... Shivani
  82. Parineeta (1969) .... Lalita
  83. Balika Badhu (1967)
  84. The Cheat
  85. Ek baap chhe bete
  86. Aan aur shaan
  87. Kahani ek chor ki
  88. Love in Canada
  89. Dekha pyar tumhara
  90. Badla aur balidaan
  91. Rusvai
  92. Muqaddar
  93. Kartavya
  94. Nater Guru
  95. Bouthan
  96. Bidhilipi
  97. Shatarupa
  98. Bhalobasar Anek Naam
  99. Ghar ki laaj
  100. Watan ke rakhwale
  101. Mahananda
  102. Raksha
  103. Ghar Parivaar
  104. Taqdeer ka tamasha
  105. Pyar ka devta
  106. Sesh Sangbad
  107. Berahem
  108. Hatyara
  109. Kari Diye Kinlam
  110. Prarthana


  1. ^ "Moushumi Chatterjees tiff with husband". 3 August 2006. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "How Moushumi Chatterjee stunned Shakti Samanta in ANURAAG". Retrieved 27 April 2014.
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  5. ^ a b [1]; accessed 27 April 2014.
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