‘Koi Shaque?’: Mithun Chakraborty’s political life comes full circle

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(This story initially appeared in on Mar 08, 2021)

If politics is color, Mithun Chakraborty has seen each shade. In his youth, he embraced the intense Red. The hue acquired lighter with success as he grew pleasant with CPM politicos. Down the road, he turned blue turning into a Rajya Sabha member, courtesy centrist Trinamool.

On Sunday, the 70-year-old actor’s political life got here full circle when he daubed himself in saffron becoming a member of the BJP. “Koi shaque? (Any doubts?),” because the fauji he performed in Ghulami would have requested.

Back in 1969, Mithun was requested to depart Calcutta by his father for his involvement with the Naxalites within the time of pipe weapons. After a level in appearing from Pune’s Film Institute, he struggled for years earlier than discovering box-office gold as an action-dancing star and turning into a darling of the subalterns.

But his pro-poor orientation continued. In 1986, he took the lead in organising the Calcutta model of Hope 86, a live performance in support of Bombay movie business staff. Mithun’s nearness to Bengal’s sports activities minister and CPM chief Subhas Chakraborty helped inexperienced mild a mission that had initially met with robust opposition.In 2014, the actor joined Rajya Sabha. Around the identical time, he acquired embroiled within the Sharada Chit Fund rip-off and was summoned by ED. He stop the Upper House citing well being causes in 2016. According to PRS Legislative Research, he requested zero questions, didn’t take part in a single debate and had a ten% attendance in Parliament.

His new political affiliation was speculated upon when he met RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Feb 17, a gathering then described as private, not political. It was political, not private, when on Sunday, PM Narendra Modi addressed him as “Banglar chhele” (Bengal Boy). The PM additionally hailed him for overcoming the chances to wrench out a profitable profession. There was a time when Mithun self-admittedly slept on pavements and paid Rs 50 for the house. In the Nineties, he was recurrently conferred with Rashtriya Samman for being one of many highest tax-payers within the nation.

On Sunday, the actor described himself as “a Cobra” from the dais. The weird self-description sounded as filmi as the enduring dialogue from Bengali movie, MLA Phatakeshto, “Marbo ekhane lash podbe shashane (Will hit you right here, and the physique will wind up within the crematorium).

Not solely politics, even Mithun’s movie profession is a heady cocktail of contradictions. No Bollywood filmography is such a singular mixture of the chic, the common and the asinine: Mrigayaa, Tahader Katha, The Naxalites, Gunda, Jallaad, Hitler, Surakksha, Disco Dancer, Ghulami, Pyaar Jhukta Nahin, Agneepath and Golmaal 3. He acquired the nationwide award for greatest actor in Mrigayaa and Tahader Katha.

West Bengal meeting polls: Actor Mithun Chakraborty joins BJP

Actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP on the PM’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. Addressing a sea of supporters on the Brigade Parade Ground after becoming a member of the saffron get together, the National Award-winning actor mentioned that the BJP has given him a platform to fulfil his aspiration. Senior BJP chief Kailash Vijayvargiya had met Mithun Chakraborty.

“I do three kinds of films. One kind of movie I do only for money. Another I do only to satisfy myself. The third kind I do is to please my fans,” he informed this reporter in 2010.

In his prime, Mithun Chakraborty wasn’t only a hero; he was an thought whose time had come. He was the star who emerged when theatres confronted a video piracy disaster and the gentry had deserted them.

The new cinema demographics wanted a brand new star that the non-gentry cinemagoers, who had been in a bigger majority than ever earlier than, wanted to root for. Mithun was their most consultant idol. Whether the lover of the lots now finds the identical resonance in his Bengal BJP avatar stays to be seen.

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