Gourang Chakraborty,today, better known as Mithun Chakraborty was born on 16 June 1952 .He is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur, television presenter and a former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament.
He is one of the most successful actors in the history of Bollywood.
Chakraborty played Jimmy in the 1982 film Disco Dancer, which was commercially successful in India and other countries.
Besides Disco Dancer, Chakraborty is also remembered for his performance in films such as Surakksha, Sahhas, Wardat, Wanted, Boxer, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, Pyari Behna, Avinash, Dance Dance, Prem Pratigyaa, Mujrim, Agneepath, Yugandhar, The Don, and Jallaad.
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Early life and education:
Chakraborty was born in Barisal, then in East Bengal now Bangladesh. He studied at Oriental Seminary and then earned his degree in Chemistry from Scottish Church College in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. After that, he attended and graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was a Naxalite before entering films, but tragedy struck his family when his only brother was electrocuted and killed in a freak accident. He returned to his family and left the Naxalite fold.
He married actress Yogeeta Bali, whom he met in 1979. Chakraborty has four children: three sons and a daughter. He is famously known as Mithun Da.
Mithun Chakraborty ruled Bollywood in the 1980s He starred in over 110 releases in this decade. He starred in films of various genres such as action, family drama, romance and comedy. Chakraborty played Bheema in the super-hit multi-starrer Hum Paanch (1980). He played dual roles for the first time in Taxi Chor (1980) and later played dual roles in several films such as Aamne Samne (1982) Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984) and Rakta Bandhan (1984).
Parallel to his Bollywood career, Mithun Chakraborty has also worked in Bengali cinema. He made his debut in Bengali cinema with Arabinda Mukhopadhyay’s Nadi Theke Sagare (1978) which was a major success at box office. In the 1980s he shot three blockbusters — Kalankini Kankabati (1981) directed by Uttam Kumar, Troyee (1982) by Goutam Mukherjee and Anyay Abichar (1985) by Shakti Samanta.
Chakraborty owns the Monarch Group, which has interests in the hospitality and educational sectors. 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). He was also the Chairperson of Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union, which takes care of the welfare of cine workers and resolves their demands and problems .
Chakraborty joined as a Member of Parliament after he was nominated 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 the West Bengal Rajya Sabha Assembly Polls which were held on 7 February 2014. On 26 December 2016, he resigned as a Rajya Sabha MP.
Chakraborty was the ambassador of Panasonic electronics for India back in the late 1980s. Now he is the face of GoDaddy, an internet domain registrar and web-hosting company. He was also the face of Channel 10, a unit of Bengal Media Pvt. Ltd. owned by Saradha Media Group.
Awards and honours:
He has won many awards and his personality is a model for others to follow. Besides winning many awards he has won National Film Awards for his performances in Tahader Katha (1992) and Swami Vivekananda (1998). He is the recipient of two Filmfare Awards and three National Film Awards.
He is the record holder in the Limca Book of Records for 19 movie releases as lead actor in the year 1989 and the record is still unbreakable in Bollywood till date.
In 1991, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Krishnan Iyer Nariyal Paniwala in the film Agneepath.
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