Mithun Chakraborty, an Indian movie actor of 80`s was one of the prominent actors of his time. He was born on 16 June 1947 in Kolkata
, West Bengal
. His real name is Gouranga Chakraborty. His performance in `Disco Dancer` and `Dance Dance` made him an instant hit as a break dancer. He has acted in more than 200 Bollywood films, including some of the Bengali and Bhojpuri films as well. Bengali films have taken an important role in his life as he has achieved three national awards in `Tahader Katha`, `Mrigaya` and `Swami Vivekananda
`. Two of them are in Bengali language
. He has chain of Hotels situated in hill station in Ooty named `Monarch Hotels`.
Mithun Chakraborty`s Early Life
Mithun Chakraborty`s birthplace was in Barisal which is now in Bangladesh. He was educated at the Scottish Church College, Kolkata and then graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. It is a little known fact that Mithun was a staunch Naxalite before entering the film industry. Mithun returned to his family and left the Naxalite fold, at the news of his only brother`s death by an accident. Mithun has also undergone expert training in martial arts.
Mithun Chakraborty`s Bollywood Career
Mithun worked in his debut film with Mrinal Sen
in 1976 named `Mrigaya` which won him accolades and he got the National Film Award for Best Actor. After his debut he played some supporting roles in films such as Do Anjaane and Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan. After that he played the lead roles in early 1980s films such as Hum Paanch and Wardaat. The later one was a sequel to his early film Surakshaa. His breakthrough role finally came in the musical drama `Disco Dancer` in 1982 which was a huge success. The next hit was Gunda and this film was followed by other musical films such as Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki in 1984 and Dance Dance in 1987. All these films showcased him as a talented dancer. He starred in many successful romantic and family drama films during this period such as Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye in1983, Pyaar Jhukta Nahin in1985, Swarg Se Sunder, and Pyaar Ka Mandir. These films remain his most commercially successful films to date. Some of the other hit films of Mithun`s career can be mentioned as Wanted, Boxer, Jagir, Jaal, Watan Ke Rakhwale, Commando, Waqt Ki Awaaz, Guru and Dushman. The actor ruled the industry for a decade.
In the late 1990s he took a break from acting and relocated to Ooty where he set up some businesses. He made a comeback to the mainstream Hindi film industry in 2005 with the films like Elaan, Lucky: No Time for Love, Chingari, Guru, My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves, Heroes and Golmaal 3.
Mithun Chakraborty`s Tollywood Career
Mithun has even won recognition in Tollywood movies and has an extended hit list. Troyee, Gudia, Titli, Fatakesto series, and his latest Shukno Lanka made him a Tollywood sensation. He won his other two National Awards for the movie Tahader Katha in 1992 and Swami Vivekananda in 1995 for the portrayal of the character of Ramakrishna Paramhansa in the latter. Mithun has also acted in many Bhojpuri and Oriya movies.
Awards and Honours of Mithun Chakraborty
Mithun has won two Filmfare awards. The Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Agneepath (1990) and the Filmfare and Star Screen Award for Best Villain Award for Jallad (1995). In the year 2007 he won Lifetime Achievement Award and Role model of the year award. He has also won BFJA awards two times for Mrigaya (1977) and Tahader Katha (1995). The Andolok Award has also bestowed on him the Special editor Award (1999) Best actor Award in 2001 and in 2007.
Mithun is married to Indian actress Yogita Bali and has four children, three sons and one daughter. The eldest son, Mimoh Chakraborty is an upcoming actor. The actor has a keen interest in sports and also takes special interest in football. He formed the `Bengal Football Academy`.