“Oh My God, An Extremely Lonely Place”: Mithun Chakraborty On Stardom

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A throwback photo of Mithun Chakraborty.

Highlights

  • Mithun Chakraborty recently starred in Bestseller
  • It marks his digital debut
  • “I never thought I would become a superstar,” he said

Bombay:

Mithun Chakraborty danced his way into the hearts of audiences in the 80s, but at the height of his career, the actor said he struggled with the reality that fame brought not only legions of fans, but also a crushing loneliness. Chakraborty began his acting journey with filmmaker Mrinal Sen .’s 1976 award-winning drama Mrigayaa† It was the 1979 spy thriller Surakshaa who laid the foundation for his stardom in the 80s with blockbusters like Disco Dancer, Dance Dance, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki and command among other things.

These were busy years for the actor who headlined more than 100 films in the decade, often shooting four shots a day. Fans nicknamed him Dancing Star and disco dancer

“I never thought I’d become a superstar. But when I became the number one star in the country, I found that it… Oh my God, it was an extremely lonely place. It’s really, really, really lonely You’re all alone there. It was lonely because everyone thought I was out of their reach, I was unreachable,” the actor told PTI.

As Chakraborty grew in stature, so did the myth of his stardom, which began to invade his personal space. The actor said he lived with the puzzling reality of showbiz: he was the most wanted star, but everyone was too worried to even talk to him.

“They’d say, ‘Stay away from daddy, he’s gotten too big’. My friends would be scared of me too. It was a really weird atmosphere. I’d wake up, go shoot, come back and be lonely, while I the biggest star, the best selling star in the land. Main ek bohot akela aadmi ho gaya tha (I had become a very lonely man). But this is also part of life,” he added.

In the 1990s, as Bollywood transitioned to urban, larger-than-life romances, slowly letting go of the ’80s masala films, which were popularized by him and Jeetendra with wide support from the chart tunes of the late music composer Bappi Lahiri, Chakraborty had still close to 100 releases.

According to the actor, the key to maintaining stardom is not only being a good actor, but also a great human being. If an actor is not a good person, Chakraborty said the fame “will disappear in the blink of an eye.”

“There is no survival without talent. Only your talent can take you forward, if you have it, you will make it. No one in the world can stop you. A good actor, who is a bad person, will make a short A bad actor, who is a bad man will have no life, a good actor who is a good man will have a long life.

“The only magic to holding on to stardom for so long is that a good actor, who is also a good man, will live long. Your superstar will disappear in an instant if you are not a good person. Karma will just wait for the right time, no one can escape that,” he added.

The multiple National Award-winning actor has juggled both Bollywood and Bengali films, eventually making his small screen debut in the late 2000s. He has now made his digital debut with Prime Video’s psychological thriller series Bestseller

The show, inspired by the novel by Ravi Subramanian The bestseller she wrotefeatures him as Assistant Commissioner of Police Lokesh Pramanik.

Chakraborty said today that he only accepts those projects that make him think long after he’s finished reading the script. “It’s got to pinch or tickle me. Once I’ve read the script and if it touches me, I think I’m on the right track. Bestseller was one of those. My character in it is funny, unpredictable, and sometimes even ruthless ,” he added.

The actor said his move to OTT was fueled by the need to keep up with the times. If he expects to play a disco dancer even today, he would be “foolish,” Chakraborty said. “I want to move with the times, not swim against the tide. If I think I’m still a disco dancer, I’ll be a fool. So I have to think about what kind of roles will suit me now, and which ones I can do effortlessly . If OTT is the current time, then I’ll have to mold myself like that.”

Supported by filmmaker Siddharth Malhotra’s Alchemy Production LLP and directed by Mukul Abhyankar, Bestseller also stars Shruti Haasan, Arjan Bajwa, Gauahar Khan, Satyajeet Dubey and Sonalee Kulkarni.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Trendysmm staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)

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