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Moushumi Chatterjee (born 26 April 1948) is an Indian actress who is recognised for her work in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. Her on-screen pairings with actors such as Amitab Bachan, Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra were popular. She was the sixth highest paid actress in Hindi films. She has joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 2 January 2019.
Chatterjee in 2012
26 April 1948
Moushumi Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. Her father Prantosh Chattopadhyaya was in the Indian Army and her grandfather was a judge.
1967–1984: Debut and breakthroughEdit
Chatterjee made her film debut in the Bengali hit Balika Badhu (1967), directed by Tarun Majumdar. In an interview, Moushumi Chatterjee quoted: "After Balika Badhu, I was flooded with Bengali movies but I wished to complete my studies. However, movies were in my fate hence when I was studying in class X, a close aunt of mine was on her death-bed and her last wish was to see me married. Hence, to satisfy her wish I got married." She was called as Indira at home. She got engaged to guardian and neighbour Hemant Kumar's son, Jayant Mukherjee (Babu). "I fell in love with Babu. He was the first man I came in touch with outside my family." She was then seen in Bengali films like Parineeta, Anindita.
Her debut as heroine in the Hindi film Anuraag in 1972 was directed by Shakti Samanta. The film became very successful. She played a blind girl who falls in love, and her performance earned her a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. Anuraag won the Filmfare Award as Best Picture. About her Hindi film debut, she said in an interview: "As my father-in-law was a renowned film celebrity, many film personalities used to throng our house. One among them was filmmaker Shakti Samanta, who insisted upon me to act in movies. I declined, but both my father-in-law and my husband encouraged me, thus I got Anuraag." When asked about her first role in Hindi films she said that "[w]hen Shaktida told me that I have to play a blind lady I was taken aback. I honestly told Shaktida that I may not do justice to the role as I have never studied a blind person, but Shaktida assured me that he will take me to a blind school and train me ... he insisted to do a small Mahurat shot before. [...] When I reached the studio I was excited to see Bollywood luminaries like Nutanji, Dadamoni (Ashok Kumar fondly called), Rajesh Khanna, S. D. Burman and others. The moment Shaktida called action I did my Mahurat shot confidently and was applauded. After the shot, Shaktida told me that I had given the shot so skillfully that there was no need to visit a blind school!"
In 1973, she acted in Naina opposite Shashi Kapoor, Kuchhe Dhaage with Vinod Khanna and Us Paar with Vinod Mehra. In 1974, she acted with the then-struggling Amitabh Bachchan in the thriller Benaam and opposite Rajesh Khanna in the suspense drama Humshakal. Her most successful film came at the end of 1974, where she played a rape survivor in Manoj Kumar's Roti Kapada Aur Makaan. Her performance earned her a Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She went on to become a part of several successful films like Swarg Narak, Maang Bharo Sajna, Pyaasa Sawan, Jyoti Bane Jwala with Jeetendra, Swayamvar with Shashi Kapoor and Anand Ashram with Rakesh Roshan. She acted with Rishi Kapoor in four films none of which were successful.
She was romantically paired with Vinod Mehra in 10 films, and the pair worked together in 13 films, including Anuraag, Us-Paar, Raftaar, Umar Qaid, Mazaaq, Zindagi and Do Jhoot. Her only other film with Amitabh Bachchan was Basu Chatterjee's Manzil (1979). Her Bengali film with Uttam Kumar, Ogu Bodhu Sundari, released in 1981 and became successful. In 1982, she did the Marathi film (cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") Bhannat Bhanu. Her films with Rajesh Khanna included Bhola Bhala, Prem Bandhan and Ghar Parivar. She worked with Sanjeev Kumar in Angoor, Daasi and Itni Si Baat. In 1985, she acted in the Bengali film Pratigna.
1985–present: Transition periodEdit
From 1985 to 1991, Chatterjee got more offers as a character actress and she made the transition to roles of mother and bhabhi (sister-in-law), often pairing with Dharmendra or Sunil Dutt. She played Sunny Deol's sister-in-law in Ghayal. Occasionally, she got lead roles in films in the 1990s such as Ghar Parivaar and Aa Ab Laut Chalen, both opposite Rajesh Khanna, then Santaan, Prateeksha (1993) and Udhaar Ki Zindagi with Jeetendra. Some of her films as supporting actress since 1995 include Keemat: They Are Back (1998), Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Hum Kaun Hai? (2004).
In 2006, Moushumi Chatterjee made a comeback to cinema, with Tanuja Chandra's Zindaggi Rocks. She did the Indo-Canadian production Bollywood/Hollywood in 2003.
Her Bengali films as the lead heroine include Balika Badhu (1969), Parineeta (1969), Anindita (1972), Anand Ashram (1977), Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981), Prarthana (1984), Shatarupa (1989), Kari Diye Kinlam (1989), Bidhilipi (1991) and later as supporting actress; Nater Guru (2003), Bhalobasar Anek Naam (2005), The Japanese Wife (2010) and Goynar Baksho (2013). She sang a song titled "Tomar Duare" in the film Mallick Bari (2009). In 2014, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Bengali film Goynar Baksho and received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
She married producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of music composer and singer Hemant Kumar, who is also an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She acted in Hindi films after marriage.
|1968||Bengal Film Journalists' Association||Best Actress||Balika Badhu||Won|
|1972||Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Anurag||Nominated|
|1974||Filmfare Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Roti Kapda Aur Makaan||Nominated|
|1974||Bengal Film Journalists' Association||Best Supporting Actress Award||Roti Kapda Aur Makaan||Won|
|2002||Genie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Bollywood/Hollywood||Nominated|
|2014||Filmfare Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Bengali||Goynar Baksho||Won|
|2015||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
|2016||Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards||Lifetime Award||Won|
|2018||Power Brands Journalist Award||Lifetime Award||Won|
- Kari Diye Kinlam
- Hatyara as Gauri Vijay Singh (1977)
- Sesh Sangbad
- Pyar Ka Devta as Chief Justice Saraswati Manohar Rai (1991)
- Taqdeer Ka Tamasha as Geeta (1990)
- Ghar Parivaar as Parvati (1991)
- Raksha as Asha (1982)
- Watan Ke Rakhwale as Laxmi Suraj Prakash (1987)
- Ghar Ki Laaj
- Bhalobasar Onek Naam as Bini (2006)
- Nater Guru as Manisha's Mother (2003)
- Badla aur balidaan
- Dekha pyar tumhara
- Love in Canada
- Kahani ek chor ki
- Aan aur shaan
- Ek baap chhe bete
- The Cheat
- Balika Badhu (1967)
- Parineeta (1969) .... Lalita
- Anuraag (1972) .... Shivani
- Anindita (1972)
- Naina (1973)
- Kuchhe Dhaage (1973) .... Sona
- Ghulam Begam Badshah (1973)
- Zehreela Insaan (1974)
- Us-Paar (1974) .... Kamla (Kamli)
- Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974) .... Tulsi
- Humshakal (1974) .... Radha/Sita
- Badla (1974) .... Kalpana
- Benaam (1974) .... Sheela Srivastav
- Umar Qaid (1975)
- Raftaar (1975) .... Rani/Rita
- Natak (1975)
- Mazaaq (1975) .... Moushumi
- Do Jhoot (1975)
- Anari (1975)
- Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1976) .... Sunita
- Jai Bajrang Bali (1976) -- Devi Maa Sita
- Zindagi (1976) .... Seema (as Moushumi)
- Anand Ashram (1977/I) .... Kiran
- Ab Kya Hoga (1977) (.... Lady who asked for a cup of Tea
- Tumhari Kasam (1978) .... Vidya
- Swarg Narak (1978) .... Shobha Mohan Kapoor
- Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1978) .... Shanti
- Phandebaaz (1978)
- Dil Aur Deewar (1978) .... Saroj
- Bhola Bhala (1978) .... Renu
- Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979) .... Rani
- Prem Bandhan (1979) - Meena Mehra
- Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Sandhya
- Manzil (1979) .... Aruna Khosla
- Swayamvar (1980) .... Roopa Bhargav
- Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) .... Sita Ram Kumar
- Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) .... Anu
- Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
- Do Premee (1980) .... Payal/Parvati Singh Dogra
- Pyaasa Sawan (1981) .... Shanti
- Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981)
- Krodhi (1981) .... Aarti
- Itni Si Baat (1981) .... Asha
- Daasi (1981)
- Bhannat Bhanu (Marathi film, cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") (1982)
- Angoor (1982) .... Sudha A. Tilak
- Justice Chaudhury (1983) .... Janki Chaudhary
- Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984)
- Jawaani (1984) .... Prema Mohan
- Ghar Ek Mandir (1984)
- Urbashi (1986)
- Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mala
- Mahananda (1987) .... Ms. Mahananda
- Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... Mrs. Ganga Singh
- Param Dharam (1987) .... Savitri
- Vijay (1988) .... Rita
- Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) ....
- Agnee (1988) .... Shobha
- Aakhri Gulam (1989)
- Aakhri Baazi (1989) .... Parvati P. Kumar
- Jung Baaz (1989).... Mrs. Krishna Prasad Saxena
- Sikka (1989) .... Laxmi
- Shehzaade (1989) .... Padmini Singh
- Ghayal (1990) .... Indu Mehra
- Zulm Ki Hukumat (1992) .... Pitamber's wife
- Khule-Aam (1992) (as Moushmi Chatterjee) .... Roopa
- Nishchaiy (1992) .... Renuka Singh
- Prateeksha (1993) .... Laxmi
- Santaan (1993) .... Laxmi
- Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994).... Janki
- Ikke Pe Ikka (1994) .... Kaushalya Devi
- Kartavya (1995) .... Sharda Varma
- Jallaad (1995)
- Kareeb (1998) .... Neha's Mother
- Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998) .... Mrs. Chandrika Bansal
- Keemat – They Are Back (1998) .... Sulakshana Tripathi
- Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) .... Rohan's Mother
- Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) .... Mrs. Malhotra
- Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) .... Mrs. Seth
- Hum Kaun Hai? (2004) .... Mrs. Martha Pinto
- Zindaggi Rocks (2006) ... Kriya's mother and Mausi (double role)
- The Japanese Wife (2010) ... Maashi
- Goynar Baksho (2013)... Pishi (Elder Rashmoni devi)
- Piku (2015)
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