Mithun Chakraborty (born Gouranga Chakraborty, June 16, 1952) is an Indian actor, producer and politician who works primarily in Hindi and Bengali films. He is a former MP of Rajya Sabha. His performance won three National Film Awards and three Film Awards.
Chakraborty made his debut in the arthouse drama Mrigayaa (1976), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor. Chakraborty played Jimmy in the 1982 film Disco Dancer, which was a commercial success in India and the Soviet Union and was the first Indian film to gross Rs 100 crore. Mithun Chakraborty’s total net worth is close to $320 million (nearly INR 26.16 billion). Apart from Disco Dancer, Chakraborty is also known for his roles in films such as Surakksha, Sahhas, Wardat, Wanted, Boxer, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, Pyari Behna, Avinash, Dance Dance, Prem Pratigyaa, Mujrim, Agneepath, Yugandhar, The Don and Jallaad. In 1991, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Krishnan Iyer Nariyal Paniwala in the movie “Agneepath”.
He later won two National Film Awards for his performances in Tahader Katha (1992) and Swami Vivekananda (1998). Chakraborty has appeared in more than 350 films including Bengali, Hindi, Odia, Bhojpuri, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi. He is the linka record holder with 19 films released as a leading actor in 1989, which remains unbroken in Bollywood as of July 2022.
Chakraborty owns Monarch Group, which operates in the hospitality and education sectors. He also founded the production company Paparatzy Productions. In 1992, he, along with Dilip Kumar and Sunil Dutt, founded a foundation called the Cinema and Television Artists Association (CINTAA) to help actors in need. He is also the Chairman of the Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union, which looks after the welfare of film workers and addresses their needs and problems. Chakraborty has been included in the Linka World Records and Guinness Book of World Records for the TV show Dance India Dance where he acted as a Grandmaster.