Considered as one of the most beautiful faces in Indian cinema, Moushumi Chatterjee has had a long and distinguished career in the film industry. Let’s take a deeper look at this renowned actress, who has done some inspiring work in both Hindi as well as Bengali cinema.
Born in Kolkata on 26th April 1953, Moushumi Chatterjee stepped onto the scene with her debut film ‘Balika Badhu’ in 1967. Her instinctive performance coupled with a heartwarming smile in this Bengali feature, brought her to fame.
The aspiring actress came from a conservative family. Her grandfather was a judge while her father was in the Indian army. Despite this, Moushumi surprisingly was a tomboy since childhood. She was in the fifth standard when film director Tarun Majumdar offered her the role of a child bride in the Bengali movie ‘Balika Badhu’, which eventually became a hit.
Marriage and early career
Shortly after doing another Bengali film ‘Parineeta’, she got married to singer-composer Hemant Kumar’s son, Jayant Mukherjee. She was in the tenth standard then. After she moved to Bombay, she was initially reluctant to do Hindi films and even refused Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film, ‘Guddi’.
Introduction to Hindi films
In spite of her reluctance to join Hindi cinema, Moushumi eventually changed her mind and signed Raj Khosla’s ‘Kucche Dhaage’, being paired opposite her husband. She also agreed to do Shakti Samanta’s ‘Anuraag’ which was her debut.
The talented actress even shot for Gulzar’s ‘Koshish’ for a few days but stepped out later.
Moushumi undertook an array of acting roles throughout her career. Her role of a blind girl in ‘Anuraag’ impressed the audience immensely, while she further gained awe and sympathy from the crowd with her portrayal of a rape survivor in Manoj Kumar’s film, ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’.Being a proficient performer, she was equally adept at performing comedy roles as well.
On Screen pairings
Besides doing films with Bollywood greats such as Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna and Rishi Kapoor, she formed a successful pair with Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Mehra, Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra. As her Hindi wasn’t great, her childish accent and dialogue delivery became her speciality.
Awards & Honours
The accomplished actress won the BFJA Award in the Best Actress category for her role in ‘Balika Badhu’. She was also nominated at the Filmfare Awards for Best Actress in ‘Anurag’ and Best Supporting Actress in ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makan’. In 2016, the veteran artist was handed the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Indian cinema.
Moushumi Chatterjee is admired for many popular and memorable films spanning through the years, some notable ones being Anuraag, Kuchhe Dhaage, Benaam, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan, Us-Paar, Angoor, Swayamvar, and Manzil.