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Mithun Chakraborty

Gouranga Chakraborty
(Mithun Chakraborty)
Member of Parliament
(Rajya Sabha)
In office
2014-15
Succeeded by Resigned
Constituency West Bengal
Personal details
Born 16 June 1950
Kolkata, West Bengal,
Political party All India Trinamool Congress
Mithun Chakraborty
Mithun Chakraborty (May 2013)
Born Gourang Chakraborty
(1950-06-16) 16 June 1950
Kolkata, West Bengal,
Alma mater Scottish Church College
Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation Actor
Entrepreneur
Television presenter
Member of Parliament (MP) Politician
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Yogeeta Bali
(1979–present)
Children Mahaakshay Chakraborty
Rimoh Chakraborty
Namashi Chakraborty
Dishani Chakraborty

Gourang Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty (Bengali: মিঠুন চক্রবর্তী); informally referred to as Mithun Da, is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament.[1] He is the recipient of 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.[2]

He began his career as a junior actor and went on to establish himself as one of the top lead actors in Bollywood. He is particularly recognized as one of the best "dancing-heroes" in Bollywood with his unique "Disco and Desi" fusion-style dancing that is immensely popular among the masses. Along with legendary actor Raj Kapoor, Chakraborty is hugely popular in Russia for his role as dancer Jimmy in the 1982 Bollywood super-hit film Disco Dancer.[2][3][4][5][6] He later won two more National Film Awards for his performances in Tahader Katha (1992) & Swami Vivekananda (1998).[2] Chakraborty has appeared in more than 350 films[7] including Bengali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Telugu and Punjabi[8] pictures.

Chakraborty owns the Monarch Group, which has interests in the hospitality sector[9] and educational sector.[10] He has also started the production house Paparatzy Productions[11] In 1992, he along with Dilip Kumar and Sunil Dutt, set up a trust to help needy actors called Cine & T.V Artistes Association (CINTAA).[12] He was[13] also the Chairperson of Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union which take care the welfare of cine workers and resolve their demands and problems.[14][15][16][17] The Television show Dance India Dance where Chakraborty is the Grandmaster has already entered in Limca Book of Records and Guinness World Records[18] 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.[19]

A comic book named Jimmy Zhingchak also has been made based on Chakraborty.[20][21][22][23]

This article is part of a series on
Mithun Chakraborty

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Film career 2
    • 1970s 2.1
    • 1980s 2.2
    • 1990s 2.3
    • 2000s 2.4
    • 2010s 2.5
  • Regional films 3
  • Television 4
  • Political career 5
  • Brand ambassador 6
  • Selected filmography 7
  • Awards and honours 8
  • In popular culture 9
    • Books on Mithun Chakraborty 9.1
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Early life and education

Mithun was educated at the Scottish Church College in Kolkata,[24] from where he earned his degree in Chemistry. After that he attended and graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.[2] He was a Naxalite before entering films, but tragedy struck his family when his only brother was electrocuted and killed in a freak accident.[2] He returned to his family and left the Naxalite fold, even though this posed a grave risk to his own life.[25] During his days as a Naxalite, he became friends with Ravi Ranjan, a popular Naxal figure, known to his friends as 'Bhaa' (the ultimate savior). Bhaa was known for his manipulational skills and oratory abilities.[26] He had also undergone expert training in martial arts to the grade of black belt[2][27] and trained in the Graeko-Roman style of wrestling.[28]

Film career

1970s

Chakraborty 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.[2] His film Mera Rakshak was a success of 1978. Chakraborty 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 Chakraborty 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 Chakraborty in the late 1970s was Prem Vivah, directed by Basu Chatterjee.

1980s

Chakraborty was one of the biggest Bollywood superstars who ruled 1980s, with the brand of impossible heroics and made-for-the-front-row lines[29] as he starred in over 110 releases in this decade.[2] Chakraborty played the lead role of Bheema in the super-hit multi-starrer movie Hum Paanch. (1980) and in 1982, Disco Dancer which became a blockbuster transforming Chakraborty into a star of the masses and his popularity extended across India to Russia.[2] Even today, youngsters copy the "Mithun-style dance". He also did lighter roles in Shaukeen, Sun Sajna and Aamne Samne. His 1985 super-hit movie Pyar Jhukta Nahin reconfirmed his top star status. That same year, he was also appreciated for his role as Javar in JP Dutta film, Ghulami. Chakraborty also became India's highest tax payer in 1986.[30] 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.[31] 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 Chakraborty 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.

1990s

Chakraborty had another 100 plus releases in this decade too,[2] 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.[2] In this period he decided to take a break from Mumbai. He shifted his entire family to Ooty and he constructed The Monarch Hotel. Chakraborty 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 Chakraborty was launched every week, so he shifted his focus from mainstream Hindi cinemas to low-budget movies.[2] 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.[32]

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.[33][34][35][36][37] 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, in G. V. Iyer's Swami Vivekananda.[2] Once again the overdose of Chakraborty releases affected the business as 1998 and 1999 itself had almost 30 releases. Meantime, he paid more tax than anyone else in the country in the mean period for 5 continuous years, from 1995 to 1999.[38][39] This decade proved Chakraborty 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[40] and Kolkata.[41]

2000s

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.[42] 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).[2] His 2009 movie Zor Lagaa Ke...Haiya! won multiple International awards[43] 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.

2010s

Since 2009, Chakraborty and Akshay Kumar have starred together in several films. Pictured above are (r - l) Kumar, Chakraborty and Riteish Deskmukh at a Karate event.

Chakraborty's recent films include Veer (2010) with Salman Khan, Golmaal 3 (2010) with Ajay Devgn and in 2012, he did 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 did Anthony D'Souza's Boss (2013) with Akshay Kumar. His first release of 2014 Kaanchi... directed by Subhash Ghai where he played an evil politician wearing facial prosthetics has won him critical acclaim.[44]

His latest release Kick with Salman Khan is a blockbuster hit and has shattered all previous records and earned more than 375 crores worldwide making it in number 3 position of all time Bollywood grossers history. Entertainment and Hawaizaada with Akshay Kumar and Ayushmann Khurrana respectively has been released and his forthcoming release is Akira (2015 film).

Regional films

Parallel to his Bollywood career, Mithun Chakraborty has also worked in Bengali commercial films 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. Chakraborty 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.[45] Similarly his Oriya film Ae Jugara Krushna Sudama where he co-starred with Oriya icon Uttam Mohanty was also a huge success.[46] The last Bengali hits for Chakraborty are Handa and Bhonda, Nobel Chor and Le Halwa Le.

His Telugu language film Gopala Gopala[47] with Daggubati Venkatesh, Shriya Saran, Pawan Kalyan, Bengali film Herogiri along with actor Dev[48] and Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka, the Tamil film has been released successfully,[49] while its Telugu version is awaiting release and he has also enacted the lead role in Debaditya Bandopadhyay's Bengali film Nakshal, while his long delayed film Ek Nadir Galpo: Tale of a River has been officially released and became a success at the box office.[50][51]

His new Bengali films are Buddhuram Dhol Duniya Gol and the science fiction Jole Jongole with White Mischief[52][53] while the long delayed Hason Raja[54][55] has been resumed and Chakraborty is paired opposite Raima Sen.

Television

After the success of the Bengali competitive dance reality show Dance Bangla Dance, 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.[56] Chakraborty 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.[57][58] Chakraborty hosted the Bengali version of Bigg Boss and now he is hosting Rannaghore Rockstar on ETV Bangla.[59]

Political career

Mithunda joined as Member of Parliament 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 were held on February 7, 2014.[60]

Brand ambassador

Chakraborty was the ambassador of Panasonic electronics for India, back in late 1980s.[61] Now he is the face of GoDaddy, an internet domain registrar and web-hosting company[62] He was also the face of Channel 10, a unit of Bengal Media Pvt. Ltd. owned by Saradha Media Group[63] and he later said "Saradha didn't pay my dues" as its branch Saradha Chit Fund collapsed.[64] Chakraborty is also the face of Manappuram Gold Loan for West Bengal state.[65]

Selected filmography

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, Wardat, 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, Maa Kasam, 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, Diya Aur Toofan, Bhagya Debata 1996 Nirbhay, Muqaddar, Jung, Rangbaaz, Jurmana, Bhishma, Daanveer, Apne Dam Par, Angaara
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, Maa Kasam, 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, Entertainment,
2015 Hawaizaada, Bhaiyyaji Superhitt, Herogiri, Nakshal, Jole Jongole, Hason Raja, Malupu, Gopala Gopala, Naxal, Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka,

Awards and honours

List of awards and nominations received by Mithun Chakraborty

In popular culture

  • The title character of the comic book Jimmy Zhingchak is a parody of Mithun Chakraborty.
  • The 2010 film Golmaal 3 also parodies Chakraborty’s film career as a dancing star. The film even has the songs Disco Dancer and Yaad Aa Raha Hai which were in the film Disco Dancer.
  • In the 2011 film Delhi Belly, Aamir Khan parodies Chakraborty in the song I Hate You (Like I Love You) dressed as 'Disco Fighter'.

Books on Mithun Chakraborty

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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External links

  • Mithun Chakraborty at the Internet Movie Database
  • Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty's item number!
  • Mithun Chakraborty rocks it
  • Mithun Da wins over cine workers' hearts
  • Mithun Chakraborty, the professional
  • Mithun recalls struggle
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