Mithun Chakraborty: Lesser-known facts about the veteran actor

Updated: 16 June, 2020 15:13 IST | Nikita Wagh
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    Mithun Chakraborty turns 73 today. In the 1980s, Mithun was a big star, thanks to hits like Disco Dancer and Pyaar Jhukta Nahin. Did you know his real name is Gouranga Chakraborty?

    Here are some more interesting facts about the veteran star:

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    Before joining the Hindi film industry, Mithun Chakraborty, fondly called as Mithunda, attended and graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. 

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    Before joining Bollywood, Mithun was said to be part of the Naxalites. During his days as a Naxalite, he became friends with Ravi Ranjan, a popular Naxal figure, known to his friends as Bhaa. Bhaa was known for his manipulation skills and oratory abilities.

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    Known majorly for his action movies and his patent dance moves, in real life, Mithun Chakraborty has taken training in Martial Arts to the grade of black belt.

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    Till date, Mithun has won four National Awards, three of them as Best Actor -- Mrigayaa (1976), Agneepath (1990) and the Bengali film Tahader Katha (1992).

    In picture: A still from 'Aakhree Badla'

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    Mithun Chakraborty also won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 1998 film 'Swami Vivekananda'.

    In picture: With Ranjeeta in 'Aadat Se Majboor'

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    Mithun has been the Chairperson of Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union, which looks after the welfare of cine workers.

    In picture: With Ramesh Sippy and Rekha

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    During his struggling days, Mithun Chakraborty was an assistant to dancer Helen under the name Rana Rej.

    In picture: A still from 'Aakhri Ghulam'

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    Mithun Chakraborty had revealed that during his days when he danced on stage, he was not even sure whether he would manage to get his meal for the day.

    In picture: A still from 'Aar Ya Paar'

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    Much before becoming a lead star, Mithun Chakraborty had a brief role in the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Do Anjaane' which released in 1976.

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    In the 80s, Mithun had a much-publicised extra-marital affair with late actress Sridevi, and a tabloid even claimed that they had married secretly. However, they are still termed to be 'rumours'.

    In picture: Mithun Chakraborty with Amrita Singh - A still from 'Agnee'

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    The actor was the co-owner of Royal Bengal Tigers, a cricket team that was part of the now-defunct Indian Cricket League.

    In picture: A still from 'Agniputra'

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    Mithun is also the co-owner of Bengal Football Academy, started with the aim of promoting football talents of the country.

    In picture: With Mamta Kulkarni in 'Ahankar'

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    A comic book named 'Jimmy Zhingchak' takes its inspiration from Mithun Chakraborty.

    In picture: With Rekha in 'Brashtachar'

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    A successful businessman that he is, Mithun Chakraborty runs hotels in Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Kolkata.

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    Mithun has appeared in around 300 films till date. Apart from Hindi, he has done movies in Bengali, Oriya and Bhojpuri.

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    Mithun Chakraborty used to have over 30-35 dogs in his Mumbai bungalow and twice the number at his Ooty home. He had also joined the Kennel Club of India in order to help them in their endeavours.

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    Back in 2009, Mithun gifted his son Mahaakshay a luxury car. This was his reward for finally losing weight after working out and dieting for over a year. In picture: With Ranjeeta in 'Bhayanak'

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    Mithunda still believes that his son Mahaakshay is a better dancer than him. In picture: A still from 'Pyaar Ka Mandir'

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    We wish Mithunda a very happy birthday!

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About The Gallery

As Mithun Chakraborty turns 73 on June 16, 2020, we celebrate the Disco Dancer's birthday through a collection of vintage pictures and some lesser-known facts (All photos/mid-day archives)

First Published: 16 June, 2019 08:56 IST