“Zeenat Aman was the first great actress to say yes to working with him” – EXCLUSIVE

Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty has had an illustrious showbiz career spanning more than four decades and in various languages ​​and to commemorate his contribution to Hindi cinema, recently journalist-filmmaker-biographer Ram Kamal Mukherjee unveiled the biography of the veteran, titled Mithun Chakraborty: The Dada of Bollywood.

The book contains known and unknown parts of Mithun’s life, accounts of people he lived or worked with, and much more. Ask Ram what he took away from the Disco King trip chronicle, and he says, “I’ve learned that nothing is grade B in your life. Never think that another person is getting something better than you. Whatever you get is probably the best of your life. It’s not that if Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna get a great director to do a movie with them, and he gets a smaller director, that means it’s not the best.

Ram goes on to share that this fact is reflected in Mithun’s accomplishments. “Mithun has received three national awards in his lifetime, and none of them was for a movie directed by a mainstream filmmaker. They were made by Mrinal Sen (Mrigayaa), Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Tahader Katha) and GV Iyer (Swami Vivekananda) So what you get is life, you should cherish that and Mithun has always enjoyed that, ”he insists.

The biographer then recalls an interesting incident he noticed while working on the book with Mithun. “While writing the book, Mithun told me a very interesting thing. He said Zeenat Aman was the first great actress to say yes to working with him. During her early days, all of the top actresses were busy with Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, and Rajesh Khanna. They had all these priorities and then came Raj Kumar and such actors. Whether it was Hema Malini ji, Rekha or Parveen Babi, they were all busy working with and prioritizing these great actors and Mithun had no top heroine to work with. But in the end, they all worked with him, be it Rekha, Smita Patil or Shabana Azmi, when everyone realized his talent, but the journey was not easy, ”he concludes.

Image source: Instagram / ramkamalmukherjee / only_mithun_chakraborty, Wikipedia

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