Mithun Chakraborty was named Gouranga Chakraborty when he was born on the 16th of June, 1950. He was born in Kolkata, Paschimbanga in a Bengali household. He did his schooling at the Oriental Seminary. He did his graduation with Chemistry as his major subject from the Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta. To pursue his interest in acting, he studied it at the Pune, Maharashtra based Film and Television Institute of India.
Mithun was a supporter of the Naxalite cause during his days of youth, before his entry into Bollywood, but gave it up despite the risk to his own life when his brother was killed in an accident. He also holds a black belt in Martial Arts.
Mithun Chakraborty made his debut into the Film Industry with Mrinal Sen’s acclaimed film Mrigaya, which was released in 1976. He was awarded his first National Film Award for Best Actor for this film. Despite such a promising start, Mithun continued his struggle to find a foothold in Bollywood. He became actress and dancer Helen’s assistant and went under the name of Rana Rej. He got a small role in Amitabh Bachchan starrer film Do Anjaane and did other films like Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan and Amar Deep. In 1978, his film Mera Rakshak became a box office hit; but, it was his 1979 released spy film Surakshaa, directed by Ravikant Nagaich, which gave him the stamp of a hit actor and a brand image. Soon, many similar films of this type of action genre followed. Basu Chatterjee’s film Prem Vivah was one of his different movies and was an an important film as far as Mithun Chakrabory was concerned.
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Mrigaya
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Mera Rakshak
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Prem Vivah
The 1980s were a good period for Mithun, professionally and his more than 110 films were released during this decade. Films like Hum Paanch and Aadat Se Majboor solidified his position of a bankable star, in the film industry. Besides his action filled movies, his comic timing could be seen in comedy films like Shaukeen and Aamne Samne. A new image of the dancing star was created by B. Subhash’s superhit film Disco Dancer, which was released in 1982 and remains popular even today. His other popular dance movies include Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki and Dance Dance. He soon became Bollywood’s highest paid star after Amitabh Bachchan. His numerous hit films include many family dramas too, in movies such as Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye, Ghar Ek Mandir, Pyaar Ka Mandir and Pyaar Jhukta Nahin. His action films during this time include the films Jagir and Waqt Ki Awaz. But, despite all his hits and national recognition, his status of a B or C grade hero never quite went away because of his popularity in the Indian hinterland.
Mithun Chakraborty in Disco Dancer
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Hum Paanch
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Pyaar Jhukta Nahin
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Jagir
During the decade of the 1990s, Mithun continued with his output of more than a hundred film releases. During this time he did many critically acclaimed films as well as outright commercial ones. His film Agneepath fetched him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor; he received his second National Award for Best Actor for the 1992 Bengali language film Tahader Katha. Some of his mainstream films include the films Pyar Ka Karz, Pyar Ka Devta and Pyar Hua Chori Chori. It was during the 1990s, that Mithun Chakrabory shifted his base and family to the hill station Ooty, where he built his hotel The Monarch Hotel. He hit upon the business strategy of doing low-budget films that would be shot only in Ooty and nearby areas and as a bonus he gave a discount to the film crew to stay in his hotel. The strategy paid off in spades and soon, there was a Mithun Chakraborty film being launched every week. His string of low-budget films include the film Dalaal, which was a big hit; others include the films Phool Aur Angaar and Ravan Raaj: A True Story. His film Jaal even fetched him the Filmfare Best Villain Award in 1995. Mithun’s Dream Factory was the name given to his unique economical film production. By this time, he held the record for acting as the lead actor in the maximum number of movies. But, he kept his artistic side alive with films like the G.V.Iyer directed film Swami Vivekananda, where his performance as Ramakrishna Paramhansa fetched him his third National Award for Best Actor in 1998. As a hotelier he flourished and his hotels came up in towns and cities like Mudhumalai, Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kolkata.
Mithun Chakraborty in Agneepath
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Tahader Katha
Mithun Chakraborty in Swami Vivekananda
During the decade of the 2000s, even as Mithun’s Dream Factory kept churning out films, Mithun shifted his focus to Bengali language films and gave hits like the films Titli, Guru, Yuddho and Tulkalam. His Fatakeshto series were commercial hits in Bengal. His rmade a sort of comeback in Bollywood with the 2005 film Elaan. He also appeared in character roles in films like the 2005 film Lucky: Not Time for Love, Dil Diya Hai in 2006 and Mani Ratnam’s film Guru, Kalpana Lajmi’s film Chingari, the much awarded film Zor Lagaa ke…Haiya! and the film Veer as well as his recent films Golmaal 3, Housefull 2 and Khiladi 786.
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Guru
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Chingari
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Golmaal 3
Besides his Hindi language films, Mithun has acted in many Bengali language films such as the films Anyay Abichar, Kaalpurush and Swarna Trishna and his more recent films include the films Nobel Chor and Le Halwa Le. His Bhojpuri language debut film Bhole Shankar is still considered as one of the most commercially successful films in Bhojpuri. His Oriya language film Ae Jugara Krushna Sudama was a hit at the regional box office.
Mithun Chakraborty’s Film Bhole Shankar
Mithun’s acute business sense recognized the effectiveness of the television medium and he developed the concept of the Zee TV’s television dance reality show Dance India Dance. He plays the role of head judge. He also appears as the Grand Master on another television dance reality show for children called Dance India Dance Li’l Masters. He hosts the reality show on Zee Bangla Channel called Dadagiri Unlimited.
Mithun Chakraborty in Dance India Dance
Besides being an actor, hotelier, Mithun Chakraborty has always been interested in the field of sports too; he was the co-owner of Royal Bengal Tigers, which was one of the cricket teams of the now defunct Indian Cricket League. He also co-owns the Bengal Football Academy, which was created to promote talented football players of this country.
Mithun owns the Monarch Group, which has interests in the hospitality sector as well as the educational sector. Mithun is concerned about the welfare of the Bollywood film Industry workers and is Chairperson of Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union which take care the welfare of cine workers and resolve their demands and problems
Mithun Chakraborty With Mimoh
Mithun Chakraborty’s Wife With Rimoh, Namashi and and Dishani
Mithun Chakraborty has been married for many years to Yogeeta Bali who is a former actress and was previously married to renowned singer-actor Kishore Kumar. Mithun and Yogeeta have four children that include three sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Mimoh, is an aspiring Bollywood actor who made an unsuccessful debut in the 2008 film Jimmy. His second eldest son, Rimoh is also an aspiring actor and played Mithun’s younger self in the film Phir Kabhi. His other two children Namashi and Dishani are presently studying.
Mithun’s inspirational life journey and personality has been the subject of many a Bengali book that include biographies like Marbo Ekhane Lash Porbe Shoshane by Ashishtaru Mukhaphadya, Ananya Mithun by Subrata Gangaphadya, Mithuner katha edited and compiled by Jayanta Ghosh, Amar Nayikara by Sumit Dey about Mithun the actor and his heroines, Cinemay Naamte Hole, a compilation of question and answers between Mithun and his fans.