Mithun Chakraborty, one of Bollywood's most prominent characters, began his brilliant career as a simple junior artist before becoming one of the industry's most prominent figures. However, with Mrinal Sen's National Award-winning film Mrigayaa (1976), in which he made his acting debut, he received his first National Award for Best Actor. In Suraksha, when he played Officer Gopi/Gunmaster, Mithun's popularity reached a level. Mithun Da was able to govern the film business for the remainder of the 1980s, appearing in 110 films.
The 1982 film 'Disco Dancer' established him as one of the finest ' dancing heroes' in Bollywood, and as a result, many young people attempted to replicate the Mithun-style dance. The renowned actor has produced more than 350 films over his four-decade career, including appearances in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Telugu, and Punjabi films. A few of his most well-known films include Boxer (1980), Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye (1981), Pyaar Jhukta Nahi (1982), Pyaar Ka Mandir (1993), Watan Ke Rakhwale (1994), Guru (1996), and Phir Kabhi (2001). In 1992, for 'Tahader Katha' he received his second National Film Award for Best Actor.
As a result of Mithun's depiction of Ramakrishnan in G.V Iyer's Swami Vivekananda, he received his third National Award in 1998. Mithun's Dream Factory, a low-budget film production company, was established by him. After a few years of appearing in Bengali films such as Title, Guru, Barood, Yuddho, Tulkalam, and Rehmat Ali, he returned to the Hindi cinema industry in 2005 with Elaan which was his first Hindi feature since Titli. In the following years, he appeared in films such as Veer, Housefull 2, OMG - Oh My God, Boss, and Kanchi, to name a few. Mithun also had an essential role in developing the famous dance program Dance India Dance on Zee TV, where he served as grandmaster and assessed the contestants' performances.
Mithun's parents, Basanta Kumar Chakraborty and Shanti Rani Chakraborty, were married on June 16, 1950, in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, and had two children. Having spent two years studying at the Oriental Seminary in Kolkata, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Scottish Church College. He completed his graduation from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Before getting into the film industry, he was a Naxalite. He returned to his family and abandoned the Naxalites, even though this posed a grave risk to his own life. During his time as a Naxalite, he acquainted with Ravi Ranjan; a well-known Naxalite personality affectionately referred to as "Bhaa" by his pals (the ultimate savior). Bhaa was renowned for his oratory ability and his manipulation powers.
Chakraborty played an excellent role in Mrinal Sen's National Award-winning movie, Mrigayaa (1976). Do Anjaane and Phool Khile Hain both had minor roles of Mithun. His first big hit was the 1978 movie Mera Rakshak. When he first came to the attention, he starred in the low-budget spy movie Surakshaa (1979), which was directed by Ravikant Nagaich. A critical film of Mithun was Prem Vivah, directed by Basu Chatterjee.
Chakraborty had a significant impact on Hindi movies in the 1980s because of his "brand of impossible heroics and lines made for the front row," he said. He has acted in different types of films, like action, family dramas, romantic movies. He played Bheema in the multi-starrer Hum Paanch, which was a big hit in 1980. He played his first double role in Taxi Chor (1980). He played a lead role in Disco Dancer in 1982, which led to a rise in his popularity.
Chakraborty won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in Agneepath, which was his first movie. His second National Film Award for Best Actor for the Bengali movie Tahader Katha was in 1992.
For the movie Jallad, he got the Filmfare Best Villain Award and the Star Screen Award for Best Villain in 1995. In the 1980s, Chakraborty had the record for most Hindi films in which he played a lead role. Another National Award came in 1998 for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in Swami Vivekananda, by G. V. Iyer.
Between 1988 and 1999, 30 films of Chakroborty were released, of which many were superhit. From 1995 to 1999, he became the highest taxpayer in India. There were a lot of low-budget movies that became popular due to Mithun Chakroborty's role. Chakraborty is more of a businessman than a star. He has his hotels in Masinagudi, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, Mysore, Siliguri, and Kolkata. Bollywood took a back seat to make Bengali films after that. In 1999, he starred in the movie "Gudia." In 2002, he starred in Rituparno Ghosh's movie "Titli."
His most recent movie, The Kashmir Files, was released globally on March 11, 2022, and has proven to be a box office triumph, earning him a Golden Globe nomination.
He founded the concept of Dance India Dance, an Indian dance competition that is broadcasted on Zee TV. The show has become India's largest dance-based reality show, with over a million viewers worldwide. The program has won several television honors. Chakraborty was the Grand Master of Dance India Dance Li'l Masters and the host of the reality TV show Dadagiri Unlimited on Zee Bangla. Chakraborty made his television debut in the comic series The Drama Company, in which he played the role of Shambu Dada.
On 7th February 2014, he became an MP after being nominated for the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal on behalf of the All-India Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the West Bengal Rajya Sabha Assembly. He resigned his position as a member of the Rajya Sabha on the 26th of December 2016. He became a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party on March 7, 2021.
In the late 1980s, he served as the ambassador of Panasonic electronics in India. He is now the face of GoDaddy, a company that registers domain names and hosts websites on the web. Chakraborty is also the face of West Bengal's Manappuram Gold Loan Campaign, which he launched in 2012.
Mithun was born and raised in a Bengali Hindu Brahmin family. Early in his career, he was in a relationship with an actress named Sarika (the second wife of Kamal Haasan). He married Yogeeta Bali, an Indian actress, in 1979. Mithun and Yogeeta have four children three sons (Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Ushmey Chakraborty, and Namashi Chakraborty) and an adopted daughter Dishani Chakraborty.
Mithun had a long-term relationship with renowned actress Sridevi in the 1980s. They met in the film directed by Rakesh Roshan Jaag Utha Insan. In 1985, they secretly married, which Mithun subsequently admitted to the world when a fan magazine revealed their marriage certificate.