Keshto Mukherjee (7 August 1905 – 2 March 1982[1]) was an Indian film actor and comedian.[2][3] He was born in Bombay, India.[4] He specialised in comic drunkard roles in Hindi films.[5]

Keshto Mukherjee
Born7 August 1905
Died2 March 1982(1982-03-02) (aged 76)

Though he was famous for his drunkard typecast role in Hindi films, he used to share a very good relation with the iconic director Ritwik Ghatak and had very tiny but important roles in the maestro's films such as the trickster in Bari Theke Paliye, the madman in Ajantrik or character roles in Nagarik and Jukti Takko Aar Gappo.

Interesting facts about Keshto MukherjeeEdit

  1. In the movie Mere Apne (1971), Keshto appears as a long distant relative of Meena Kumari, who wants her to take care of their son as nanny. In Parichay (1974), he appeared as the private tutor to a group of naughty children who terrify him by setting a turtle with a lighted candle on its back.
  2. In Zanjeer, Aap Ki Kasam and Sholay, Keshto Mukherjee's performances have left long-lasting impressions. In personal life he was a teetotaler.
  3. In Teesri Kasam, he acted with Raj Kapoor. In Sadhu aur Shaitaan, he was one of the cronies of Kishore Kumar. A similar role was performed in the movie Padosan. In Mehmood's movie Bombay to Goa, his role of a dozing passenger was a popular one.
  4. He acted in the role of a street dancer in Musafir, directorial debut of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was Asit Sen who offered Keshto Mukherjee the role of a typical drunkard in the movie Maa Aur Mamta (1970).
  5. Keshto Mukherjee's son, Babloo Mukherjee is also a comedy actor and has acted in several films. It is a popular misconception that Shushmita Mukherjee, is Keshto Mukherjee's daughter.
  6. Though Keshto did many movies, however, he was best known for his role in Sholay (1975), Zanjeer (1973) and Chupke Chupke (1975).


He died on 2 March 1982 in Bombay, India.



  1. ^ Gopa Sabharwal: India Since 1947: The Independent Years, Penguin Books India, 2007, p. 194
  2. ^ "Don't miss out on the laughs". Financial Express. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ "Keshto Mukherjee Biography , Filmography & Movie List - BookMyShow". BookMyShow. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ "He hammed with humour". The Hindu. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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