Mithun Chakraborty, born Gouranga Chakraborty, is a three-time National Film Award-winning Indian film actor, social activist and entrepreneur. He made his acting debut starring alongside Bollywood actress Safya Hanif with the arthouse drama 'Mrigaya', for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor. After his debut he played some supporting roles in films such as 'Do Anjaane' and 'Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan', which did not gain him any recognition. However, 'Mera Rakshak' was a hit. He shot into prominence in the late 1970's with the low budget Ravikant Nagaich directed spy film 'Surakshaa' and the early 1980's with leading roles in hit films such as 'Hum Paanch', 'Unees Bees', 'Wardat'(a sequel to Surakshaa) and 'Aadat Se Majboor'.
His breakthrough role finally came in the musical drama 'Disco Dancer' which was a huge success and remains a cult favorite to this day. This film and other musical films such as 'Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki' and 'Dance Dance' showcased him as a talented dancer.
Chakraborty starred in a number of successful romantic and family dramas during the 1980's, such as 'Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye', 'Ghar Ek Mandir', 'Pyaar Jhukta Nahin', 'Swarg Se Sunder' and 'Pyaar Ka Mandir'. These films remain his most commercially successful films to date.
He was widely recognized as an action hero in hit films like 'Jagir', 'Jaal', 'Dilwaala', 'Watan Ke Rakhwale', 'Waqt ki Awaz'. He worked with some of the biggest actresses of his time and Bollywood in general, including Zeenat Aman, Rekha, Sridevi , Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit.
Mithun achieved not only commercial success but also tremendous critical acclaim. His performances in 'Mrigaya', 'Tahader Katha', 'Swami Vivekananda', 'Kalpurush' and 'Titli' were widely appreciated and won him National Film Awards and nominations. He won two Filmfare awards: The Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in the 1990 film 'Agneepath', and the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance in 'Jallad'. He was praised for his performance in Mani Ratnam's 'Guru'.
In the mid 90's he took a break from Mumbai and relocated to Ooty where he set up his Own hotel business under The Monarch brand name. He operates hotels in Mudhumalai, Ooty in Tamil Nadu and Darjeeling and Kolkata in West Bengal. Mithun strategically shifted his focus from mainstream Hindi cinema to low-budget movies. Hit movies like Dalaal, Phool Aur Angaar and Raavan Raj were made during this period. His economical film production was popular as Mithun's Dream Factory. He paid more tax than anyone else in the country in the mean period for 6 continuous years, from 1994 to 1999.
He made a comeback to the mainstream Hindi film industry in 2005 with the film 'Elaan'. After a few supporting roles in films such as 'Lucky: No Time for Love', he performed in Kalpana Lajmi's 'Chingari'. Chakraborty had 9 releases in 2008 including Bengali and Bhojpuri films. In 2009, his movie Zor Lagaa Ke...Haiya! won multiple International awards and Chal Chalein was appreciated by critics for its bold theme. His Phir Kabhi with Dimple Kapadia had a very successful premiere through direct to home (DTH) in September 2009 and won as many as six awards in as many categories at the Los Angeles Reel Awards-2009. Mithunda's performance in Veer, along with Salman Khan, was a commercial failure, but it won him rave reviews. His film 'Golmaal 3' became a blockbuster at the box-office. He was also seen in 'Housefull 2' with Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and John Abraham.
Parallel to his Bollywood career, Mithun Chakraborty has also worked in Bengali, as well as in realistic or arthouse movies including Troyee, made in 1982. He appeared in director Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Tahader Katha which got him the second National Award in 1992. A third National Award followed in 1995, this time for the Best Supporting Actor , for his portrayal of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, in G V Iyer's Swami Vivekananda. He also appeared in Goutam Ghose's Gudia in 1999 as well as Rituparno Ghosh's Titli in 2002. In 2008, he collaborated again with Buddhadeb Dasgupta for 'Kaalpurush' and later appeared in Shukno Lanka.