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Date of Birth 26 April 1948Calcutta, West Bengal, India

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Moushumi Chatterjee was never considered to be a glamorous figure and she had crooked teeth, and yet, she was considered one of the most beautiful faces to hit the Hindi screen in the 1970s. She is an actress originally from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), West Bengal. She made her film debut in the Bengali hit, The Young Wife (1967) directed by Tarun Majumdar when she was in her early teens. Her debut as heroine in the Hindi film Anuraag (1972) came courtesy of another famous Bengali director Shakti Samanta. She played a blind girl who falls in love, and her performance earned her a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. The film, itself, won the Filmfare Award as Best Picture. That led to another huge hit film, where she played a rape survivor in Manoj Kumar 's Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974). Her rape sequence in the film is still considered to be one of the most disturbing scenes in Hindi cinema. Her performance earned her a Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress. That led to more starring roles opposite superstar Amitabh Bachchan in the thriller Benaam (1974) and Basu Chatterjee's film Manzil (1979). She played heroine opposite all the other top leading men, such as Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, and Shashi Kapoor. She did more Hindi and Bengali hit films, and by the 1980s, she made the transition to character roles of mother and bhabhi (sister-in-law).

Moushumi's personal life has kept her in the gossip columns since the beginning of her career. She married early to producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of legendary music composer and singer Hemant Kumar. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She acted in Hindi films after marriage, which was unusual at that time, as it was customary to act in films before marriage and leave films after marriage. At one point, she was said to leave her husband for film distributor Ramesh Sippy (not to be confused with the director of Sholay (1975)) but then changed her mind and stayed with her husband and their two daughters.

In 2005, she was thrilled when director Tarun Majumdar', who had introduced her to films in The Young Wife (1967) decided to introduce her younger daughter Megha in his next Bengali film "Bhalobasar Anek Naam". (Moushumi played a supporting role as cousin sister to Megha in the film.) Her older daughter Payal has made a name for herself behind the camera as the creative head at the Prime Channel, which oversees television shows.

In middle age, Moushumi has accepted new challenges as playing a dual role in Tanuja Chandra's Zindaggi Rocks (2006) and crossed over to Canada to act in Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) for which she received a Genie Best Supporting Actress nomination. She also has entered politics in 2004, even though she has had no experience, but she tried to compensate with enthusiasm and hard work.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ramstep

Spouse (1)

Jayanta Mukherjee (? - present) (2 children)

Trivia (11)

While she got along with her leading men, such as Vinod Mehra, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, and Rishi Kapoor, her favorite co-star is Sanjeev Kumar, who played her boyfriend, father, and brother-in-law in different films.
After she became a character actress, she played sister-in-law to one of her favorite actors, another Bengali star named Mithun Chakraborty.
Her personal favorite songs from her films are: "Jaa re bachpan tu jaa" from Kucche Dhaage (1972); "Woh Kya Hai" and "Sun ri Pawan" from Anuraag (1972); "Rim jhim gire saawan" from Manzil (1979). However, her most favorite song is "Chhod de saari duniya" from Saraswatichandra (1968), which she did not act in but starred Nutan, who she had worked with in Anuraag (1972).
Her real-life husband, Jayant Mukherjee, played her husband on-screen in one of her first Hindi films, "Kucche Dhaage" (1972).
She came from a conservative family, where her grandfather was a judge, and her father was in the army.
She claims that she was young, she was a tomboy who had more boys than girls for friends.
She said that she was married when she was in high school, after the legendary composer, Hemant Kumar, who had composed her first few Bengali films, approached her father and asked whether his son Jayant can marry her, and her father agreed.
Claims that she turned down the heroine role in Gaai Aur Gori (1973) which then went to Jaya Bhaduri, and the title role in Bobby (1973), which went to Dimple Kapadia.
Mother of Bollywood actress Megha Chatterjee.
Daughter in law of Late Hemanta Mukherjee and Late Bela Mukherjee.
Sister-in-law of Ranu Mukherjee.

Personal Quotes (5)

God is not only kind but he was quite partial to me. He has given me so much. The loveliest thing that he blessed me with is my two daughters Payal and Megha. They are awesome. And off course without the support of my husband I would have never enjoyed my life and wouldn't have been doing the things that I am doing today.
I was never a busy actor in my entire career. I am from Kolkata. I am married to popular yesteryear singer Hemant Kumar's son and after my marriage I joined the Hindi film industry. I have balanced my career and family. Apart from that I have two lovely daughters. So I have played several roles in my life.
On women film directors: "It feels great that women are creating their space in a male dominated world."
On her father-in-law, legendary music composer & singer Hemant Kumar: "I have learnt lot of things from Hemant Kumar. He was a lovely and down to earth person. People say he was not only a very good singer but also a fantastic human being."
One thing is really strange in our industry that when we work together, we are a family and after the film gets over we becomes strangers.

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