Mithun Chakraborty, the disco dancer of the Bollywood is celebrating his 67th birthday today. He was born on June 16, 1950. He is a versatile actor best at dance, acting and action. After completing his studies in Kolkata he shifted to Pune to join Film and Acting Institute of India to learn acting. He debuted in Bollywood with Mrinal Sen’s film “Mrigya” which came in 1976 and even won National Award in the Best Actor category just for his first film. Rest is the history!
But like everyone else in this world we all have a dark chapter of our lives and Mithun is no different from us!
Mithun was a Naxalite….
His real name is Gaurang Chakraborty. He became a sensation of the 1980 era. His unique dance style made people go gaga over him. Even today, people use to imitate his signature dance style from the song, “I’m a Disco Dancer”. However, only a few people know that before debuting in the films, Mithun was a Naxalite. But one tragic incident changed his life completely when his elder and only brother died due to an electric shock.
His family was all alone after the death of his elder brother and needed him for the survival so Mithun left the Naxalite group and returned to home. This was his turning point who made him superstar afterward.
Here some other interesting facts that you never knew about this great actor:
Marshal Art and Wrestler
Yes, only a few people know that Mithun is a trained marshal art expert. He even have black belt in it. Not only this he even won the Bengal State Wrestling Championship.
To let you remind, he became disco dancer all because of the golden dancing diva, Helen. Yes, he assisted Helen and during that phase, he was featured for few minutes in Amitabh Bachchan’s film Do Anjaane.
Worked in 350 Films
Working in 350 films is a record in itself. He had a long list of awards he won for his films including prestigious National Award, Filmfare Award, etc. He worked in Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Punjabi films.
He Love Animals
You will get shocked after knowing that Mithun has 38 pet dogs. He also has many pet birds. He said in an interview that my dogs are like my children.
Along with an ace actor, he is also a successful businessman. He has a chain of hotels in Ooty, Darjeeling, Kolkata, Siliguri and other places which are very popular.
Therefore, on his birthday we wish him good health and more success. Happy Birthday Mithun Da!