Mithun Chakraborty is an Indian film actor, social activist, and entrepreneur, who has won three National Film Awards.
He made his acting debut with the arthouse drama Mrigayaa (1976), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor.
He gained a fan following as a dancing star and went on to establish himself as one of the most popular actors of India, particularly recognized for his role as street dancer Jimmy in the 1982 Bollywood movie Disco Dancer.
He also attracted worldwide audiences, particularly in the former Soviet Union where he became a household name for his role in Disco Dancer.
He later won two more National Film Awards for his performances in Bengali film Tahader Katha (1992) and Hindi film Swami Vivekananda (1998).
Chakraborty has appeared in about 400 films including Bengali, Oriya and Bhojpuri pictures. He owns the Monarch Group, which has interests in the hospitality sector and educational sector.
Mithun Chakraborty graduated from Scottish Church College, Calcutta. He later on graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India. In 1976 he made his film debut in the Mrinal Sen directed film Mrigaya for which he won the coveted National Film Award for Best Actor.
Mithun is married to actress Yogita Bali and has four children, three sons and one daughter.
In 1982, his musical film Disco Dancer, which was a huge success due to its hit music and remains a cult favourite to this day.Gunda and other musical films such as Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984) and Dance Dance (1987) showcased him as a talented dancer.
He also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in the 1990 film Agneeppath and the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance in Jallad. Apart from these, he was praised for his performances in films like Pyaar Ka Mandir (1988) and Mujrim (1989).
He was the highest taxpayer in the country for five consecutive years, from 1994 to 1999.Mithun Chakraborty has also been quietly promoting Football in his native Bengal.In 2005, he come back to the mainstream film Hindi film industry with the film Elaan which was not successful.
After a few supporting roles in films such as Lucky: No Time for Love, he won acclaim for his performance in Kalpana Lajmi’s Chingari.Guru was the first film of his to be commercially successful since his comeback.
Mithun Chakraborty can be said to have worked in over 200 Indian films. Apart from Hindi, he has also worked in some Bengali and Bhojpuri movies.
Mithun's Dream Factory films still continued to hold the audiences, moreover he started doing more Bengali films as well. Chakraborty also made a comeback to the mainstream Hindi film industry in 2005 with the film Elaan.
After a few supporting roles in films such as Lucky: No Time for Love (2005), he was acclaimed for his villainous role in Kalpana Lajmi's Chingari (2005). In 2007 he starred in Mani Ratnam's hit film Guru.
His 2009 movie Zor Lagaa Ke...Haiya! won multiple International awards and Chal Chalein was appreciated by critics for its bold theme. Critically acclaimed Phir Kabhi with Dimple Kapadia had a very successful première through a direct to home (DTH) release in September 2009 an
d won as many as six awards in as many categories at the Los Angeles Reel Awards-2009. His act along with Salman Khan in Veer (2010) , though a commercial failure, won him rave reviews, but Golmaal 3 (2010) and Housefull 2 (2012) became blockbusters at the box-office.
He is working on Enemmy with his son Mimoh Chakraborty and Sunil Shetty.
Parallel to his Bollywood career, Mithun Chakraborty has also worked in Bengali, as well as in realistic or arthouse movies including Troyee, made in 1982.
He appeared in director Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Tahader Katha which got him his second National Award in 1992. A third National Award followed in 1995, this time for the Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, in G V Iyer's Swami Vivekananda.
Mithun, occasionally did Bengali films like Anyay Abichar, Swarna Trishna and Jiban Yuddha, but post 2000, he has concentrated more in Bengali films. He also appeared in Goutam Ghose's Gudia in 1999 as well as Rituparno Ghosh's Titli in 2002.
In 2008, he collaborated again with Buddhadeb Dasgupta for Kaalpurush and later appeared in hit films Shukno Lanka , Ami Shubhash Bolchi and Nobel Chor .
His performances in Mrigaya, Tahader Katha, Swami Vivekananda, Kalpurush and Titli won him National Film Awards and nominations.