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Moushumi Chatterjee

Moushumi Chatterjee (born 26 April 1948) is an Indian actress who is recognized for her work in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. Her on-screen pairings with actors such as 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.

Moushumi Chatterjee
Moushmi Chatterjee at 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (1).jpg
Chatterjee in 2012
Born
Moushumi Chattopadhyaya

(1948-04-26) 26 April 1948 (age 71)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Jayant Mukherjee
Children2

Early lifeEdit

Moushumi Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. Her father Prantosh Chattopadhyaya was in the Indian Army and her grandfather was a judge.

CareerEdit

1967–1984: Debut and breakthroughEdit

Chatterjee made her film debut in the Bengali hit Balika Badhu (1967), directed by Tarun Majumdar at the age of 15.[1] 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."[1] 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."[2] 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."[1] 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!"[1]

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.[3] 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,[4] 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.

After 1985, she graduated to supporting roles in several movies like Watan Ke Rakhwale, Aag Hi Aag and Ghayal.

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.[4]

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.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[5][6]

In 2019, she joined Bharatiya Janata Party.[7]

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

  1. Prarthana
  2. Kari Diye Kinlam
  3. Hatyara
  4. Berahem
  5. Sesh Sangbad
  6. Pyar ka devta
  7. Taqdeer ka tamasha
  8. Ghar Parivaar
  9. Raksha
  10. Mahananda
  11. Watan ke rakhwale
  12. Ghar ki laaj
  13. Bhalobasar Onek Naam
  14. Shatarupa
  15. Bidhilipi
  16. Bouthan
  17. Nater Guru
  18. Kartavya
  19. Muqaddar
  20. Rusvai
  21. Badla aur balidaan
  22. Dekha pyar tumhara
  23. Love in Canada
  24. Kahani ek chor ki
  25. Aan aur shaan
  26. Ek baap chhe bete
  27. The Cheat
  28. Balika Badhu (1967)
  29. Parineeta (1969) .... Lalita
  30. Anuraag (1972) .... Shivani
  31. Anindita (1972)
  32. Naina (1973)
  33. Kuchhe Dhaage (1973) .... Sona
  34. Ghulam Begam Badshah (1973)
  35. Zehreela Insaan (1974)
  36. Us-Paar (1974) .... Kamla (Kamli)
  37. Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974) .... Tulsi
  38. Humshakal (1974) .... Radha/Sita
  39. Badla (1974) .... Kalpana
  40. Benaam (1974) .... Sheela Srivastav
  41. Umar Qaid (1975)
  42. Raftaar (1975) .... Rani/Rita
  43. Natak (1975)
  44. Mazaaq (1975) .... Moushumi
  45. Do Jhoot (1975)
  46. Anari (1975)
  47. Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1976) .... Sunita
  48. Jai Bajrang Bali (1976) -- Devi Maa Sita
  49. Zindagi (1976) .... Seema (as Moushumi)
  50. Anand Ashram (1977/I) .... Kiran
  51. Ab Kya Hoga (1977) (.... Lady who asked for a cup of Tea
  52. Tumhari Kasam (1978) .... Vidya
  53. Swarg Narak (1978) .... Shobha Mohan Kapoor
  54. Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1978) .... Shanti
  55. Phandebaaz (1978)
  56. Dil Aur Deewar (1978) .... Saroj
  57. Bhola Bhala (1978) .... Renu
  58. Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979) .... Rani
  59. Prem Bandhan (1979) - Meena Mehra
  60. Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Sandhya
  61. Manzil (1979) .... Aruna Khosla
  62. Swayamvar (1980) .... Roopa Bhargav
  63. Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) .... Sita Ram Kumar
  64. Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) .... Anu
  65. Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
  66. Do Premee (1980) .... Payal/Parvati Singh Dogra
  67. Pyaasa Sawan (1981) .... Shanti
  68. Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981)
  69. Krodhi (1981) .... Aarti
  70. Itni Si Baat (1981) .... Asha
  71. Daasi (1981)
  72. Bhannat Bhanu (Marathi film, cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") (1982)
  73. Angoor (1982) .... Sudha A. Tilak
  74. Justice Chaudhury (1983) .... Janki Chaudhary
  75. Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984)
  76. Jawaani (1984) .... Prema Mohan
  77. Ghar Ek Mandir (1984)
  78. Urbashi (1986)
  79. Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mala
  80. Mahananda (1987) .... Ms. Mahananda
  81. Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... Mrs. Ganga Singh
  82. Param Dharam (1987) .... Savitri
  83. Vijay (1988) .... Rita
  84. Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) ....
  85. Agnee (1988) .... Shobha
  86. Aakhri Gulam (1989)
  87. Aakhri Baazi (1989) .... Parvati P. Kumar
  88. Jung Baaz (1989).... Mrs. Krishna Prasad Saxena
  89. Sikka (1989) .... Laxmi
  90. Shehzaade (1989) .... Padmini Singh
  91. Ghayal (1990) .... Indu Mehra
  92. Zulm Ki Hukumat (1992) .... Pitamber's wife
  93. Khule-Aam (1992) (as Moushmi Chatterjee) .... Roopa
  94. Nishchaiy (1992) .... Renuka Singh
  95. Prateeksha (1993) .... Laxmi
  96. Santaan (1993) .... Laxmi
  97. Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994).... Janki
  98. Ikke Pe Ikka (1994) .... Kaushalya Devi
  99. Kartavya (1995) .... Sharda Varma
  100. Jallaad (1995)
  101. Kareeb (1998) .... Neha's Mother
  102. Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998) .... Mrs. Chandrika Bansal
  103. Keemat – They Are Back (1998) .... Sulakshana Tripathi
  104. Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) .... Rohan's Mother
  105. Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) .... Mrs. Malhotra
  106. Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) .... Mrs. Seth
  107. Hum Kaun Hai? (2004) .... Mrs. Martha Pinto
  108. Zindaggi Rocks (2006) ... Maus and Mom
  109. The Japanese Wife (2010) ... Maashi
  110. Goynar Baksho (2013)... Pishi (Elder Rashmoni devi)
  111. Piku (2015)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "How Moushumi Chatterjee stunned Shakti Samanta in ANURAAG". www.glamsham.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. ^ https://m.filmfare.com/features/candid-chat-with-moushumi-chatterjee-27878-2.html
  3. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=180
  4. ^ a b "Bengali Beauty Moushumi Chatterjee - Ruling Bollywood Lady". businessofcinema.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/veteran-actress-moushumi-chatterjee-moves-bombay-hc-wants-to-meet-comatose-daughter/articleshow/66761345.cms
  6. ^ "Moushumi Chatterjees tiff with husband". Entertainment.oneindia.in. 3 August 2006. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ IANS (19 February 2019). "Veteran Indian actor joins BJP, praises Modi". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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