Bollywood veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty recently celebrated his 67th birthday on 16 June. The actor became a household name for his role in film Disco Dancer. He has appeared in about 350 films including Bengali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Telugu and Punjabi movies.
Well, you will be surprised to know that Mithun Chakraborty was a Naxalite before joining cinema. However, an accident had changed his life and he had left the Naxalite gang and returned to his family.
Born on 16 June, 1950 the actor’s real name is Gourang Chakraborty. Prior to joining the films, he had done a course of acting from the Pune Film Institute.
From Naxalite to acting:
Very few people knows that Mithun was a Naxalite before coming to the film industry. The actor was in the group of Bengal Naxalites and fought for their cause and was even in the ‘Wanted List’ of the Bengal police. However he abandoned Naxalism, when his brother died in an accident and Mithun had to support his family. He returned to his family and left the Naxalite fold, even though this posed a grave risk to his own life. During his days as a Naxalite, he became friends with Ravi Ranjan, a popular Naxal figure, known to his friends as ‘Bhaa’ (the ultimate savior). Bhaa was known for his manipulational skills and oratory abilities.
After returning to his family from the clutches of Naxalism, his family advised him to join FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) where he did graduation in acting.
Mithun Chakraborty made his debut in the 1976 Mrinal Sen-directed film Mrigaya. He than went on to act in romantic and family dramas such as Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye, Ghar Ek Mandir, Pyaar Jhukta Nahin, Swarag Se Sunder and Pyaar Ka Mandir.
Marriage with Yogeeta Bali:
In 1979, Mithun got married to model Helena Luke but, the marriage ended shortly. He then married actress Yogeeta Bali, who he met in 1979. The couple has 3 sons Mimoh, Rimoh, Namashi and daughter Dishani.
During the 1980s, Chakraborty had a love affair with popular actress Sridevi. Sridevi had fallen in love with Mithun Chakraborty on the sets of Rakesh Roshan’s Jaag Utha Insan (1984). during 1980s. But Mithun forgotten that he is already married to Yogeeta Bali.
Sridevi had come in between Mithun and his wife Yogeeta Bali and are rumored to have got married secretly with Mithun 1985. While there is no strong proof of it, there are several sources and reports which confirm this story. The actor’s wikipedia account too states that she was married to Mithun for three years, but they divorced in 1988. After his marriage with Sridevi had ended, he returned to his previous wife Yogeeta Bali.