Mithun Chakraborty, one of the most popular stars of Indian cinema, is a National Film Award-winning Indian film actor, social activist and entrepreneur.
Mithun Chakraborty was born in Barisal, Bangladesh on 16 June 1950. He was educated at the Scottish Church College in Kolkata, from where he earned his degree in Chemistry. After that he attended and graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Not many know that he was a Naxalite before entering films and it was a family tragedy that made him leave the Naxalite fold.
Chakraborty made his acting debut with the arthouse drama Mrigaya (1976), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor. In his heyday during the 1980s, he had earned a huge fan following as a dancing star and went on to establish himself as one of the most popular and leading actors of India, particularly recognised for his role of street dancer Jimmy in the 1982 hit, Disco Dancer.
Chakraborty played the lead role of Bheema in the super-hit multi-starrer movie Hum Paanch in 1980 but Disco Dancer extended Chakraborty’s popularity across India and into Russia. 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. He was also widely recognized as an action hero in films like Jagir, Jaal, Dilwaala, Watan Ke Rakhwale and Waqt Ki Awaz, Agneepath for which he won 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. 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. Mithun Chakraborty literally ruled Bollywood in 1980s, with the brand of impossible heroics and made-for-the-front-row lines as he starred in over 110 releases in this decade. During the same time, Mithun married Indian actress Yogita Bali with whom he had four children, three sons and one daughter. The eldest son, Mimoh Chakraborty is an actor in Bollywood, who made his debut in the 2008 film Jimmy.
Mitun is the Grand Judge of the show Dance India Dance on Zee TV which has become India’s largest dance based reality show.
Mithun Chakraborty has also been involved in promotion of Football in his native Bengal. The Bengal Football Academy is his brainchild and Mithun raised the necessary funds for the launch of this academy. Mithun Chakraborty is also the co-owner of Royal Bengal Tigers, a cricket team of the Indian Cricket League
Mithun Chakraborty is the recipient of three National Film Awards. And winner of two Filmfare awards as well. There have been 5 books written on him and is presently a Rajya Sabha member.