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Moushumi Chatterjee

Moushumi Chatterjee
File:Moushmi Chatterjee at 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (1).jpg
Born Moushmi Chattopadhyaya
(1948-04-26) 26 April 1948 (age 67)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967 – present
Spouse(s) Jayant Mukherjee
Children Megha

Moushumi Chatterjee (26 April 1953; Bengali: মৌসুমি চ্যাটার্জী; Moushumi Chāţārjī) is a Bollywood actress, who has also acted in Bengali cinema. Her on-screen pairings with actors like Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra was popular. She was the third highest paid Hindi actress in 1973-1984.[1]

Personal life and education

Moushumi Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. Her father Prantosh Chattopadhyaya was in the Army and her grandfather was a judge.[2] She had a sister and a brother.[3]

She is married to Jayant Mukherjee (son of Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay). They have two daughters, Payal and Megha.[4] She started to act in Bollywood movies after her marriage, which was quite unusual for women during that time.


Career as lead heroine (1967–1984)

She made her film debut in the Bengali hit Balika Badhu (1967) directed by Tarun Majumdar at the age of 15.[1] In an interview Moushumi Chatterjee quoted, "After Balika Badhu, I was flooded with Bengali movies but I wished to complete my studies. However, movies were in my fate hence when I was studying in class X, a close aunt of mine was on her death bed and her last wish was to see me married. Hence, to satisfy her wish I got married."[1]

Her debut as heroine in the Hindi film Anuraag in 1972 was directed by Shakti Samanta. The film became very successful. She played a blind girl who falls in love, and her performance earned her a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. Anuraag won the Filmfare Award as Best Picture. About her Hindi film debut, she said in an interview "As my father-in-law was a renowned film celebrity many film personalities used to throng our house. One among them was filmmaker Shakti Samanta who insisted upon me to act in movies. I declined but both my father-in-law and my husband encouraged me thus I got Anuraag."[1] When asked about her first role in Hindi films she said that "[w]hen Shaktida told me that I have to play a blind lady I was taken aback. I honestly told Shaktida that I may not do justice to the role as I have never studied a blind person but Shaktida assured me that he will take me to a blind school and train me ... he insisted to do a small Mahurat shot before. [...] After the shot Shaktida told me that I had given the shot so skillfully that there was no need to visit a blind school!"[1]

In 1973 she played in several films including Naina opposite Shashi Kapoor, Kuchhe Dhaage with Vinod Khanna, and Us Paar with Vinod Mehra. In 1974, she acted with the then-struggling Amitabh Bachchan in the thriller Benaam and opposite Rajesh Khanna in the suspense drama Humshakal. Her most successful film came at the end of 1974, where she played a rape survivor in Manoj Kumar's Roti Kapada Aur Makaan.[5] Her rape sequence is considered one of the most disturbing scenes in Hindi cinema.[according to whom?] Her performance earned her a Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress.

She was paired romantically with actor Vinod Mehra in 10 films,[2] and the pair worked together in 13 films, including Anuraag, Us-Paar, Raftaar, Umar Qaid, Mazaaq, Zindagi, and Jyoti Bane Jwala. She did Basu Chatterjee's film Manzil (1979). Her Bengali film with Uttam Kumar, Ogu Bodhu Sundari, released in 1981 became successful. In 1982, she did Marathi film (cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") Bhannat Bhanu. In addition to Vinod Mehra, she played with lead actors including Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar. Her successful films with Rajesh Khanna included Bhola Bhala, Prem Bandhan, and Ghar Parivaar. In 1984, she worked as the lead heroine in three films: Maang Baro Sajna, Ghar Ek Mandir, and Pet Pyaar Aur Paap. In 1985, she played in the Bengali film Pratigna. After 1985, she did not get lead roles regularly in Hindi films.[citation needed]

Career as supporting actress (1985-present)

From 1985 to 1991, Chatterjee got more offers as a character actress and she made the transition thus to roles of mother and bhabhi (sister-in-law) often pairing with Dharmendra or Sunil Dutt. She played Sunny Deol’s sister-in-law in Ghayal.[6] Occasionally, she got lead roles in films in the 1990s with Ghar Parivaar and Aa Ab Laut Chalen, both opposite Rajesh Khanna, then Santaan, Prateeksha (1993) and Udhaar Ki Zindagi with Jeetendra. Some of her films as supporting actress since 1995 include Keemat: They Are Back (1998), Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Hum Kaun Hai? (2004).

In 2006, Moushumi Chatterjee made a comeback to cinema, with Tanuja Chandra’s Zindaggi Rocks. She did the Indo-Canadian production Bollywood/Hollywood in 2003.[2]

Bengali film career

Her Bengali films as the lead heroine include Balika Badhu (1969), Parineeta (1969), Anindita (1972), Anand Ashram (1977), Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981), Prarthana (1984), Shatarupa (1989), Kari Diye Kinlam (1989), Bidhilipi (1991) and later as supporting actress were Nater Guru (2003), Bhalobasar Anek Naam (2005), Golapi Ekhon Bilatey (2006), The Japanese Wife (2010) and Goynar Baksho (2013). She sang a song titled "Tomar Duare" in the film Mallick Bari (2009).

Personal life

She married producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of music composer and singer Hemant Kumar. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She acted in Hindi films after marriage.

Moushumi accepted a dual role in Tanuja Chandra's Zindaggi Rocks (2006) and crossed over to Canada to act in Bollywood/Hollywood (2003). She entered politics in 2004.


  • Best Actress award for Balika Badhu (Bengali)
  • Best Actress Nominee for Anurag
  • Best Supporting Actress Nomination for Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974)
  • Won,Filmfare Award for Best Actor Supporting Role (Female) – Bengali for Goynar Baksho (2014)


  1. Piku (2015)
  2. Goynar Baksho (2013)... Pishi (Elder Rashmoni devi)
  3. The Japanese Wife (2010) ... Maashi
  4. "Zindaggi Rocks" (2006) ... Maus and Mom
  5. Hum Kaun Hai? (2004) .... Mrs. Martha Pinto
  6. Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) .... Mrs. Seth
  7. Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) .... Mrs. Malhotra
  8. Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) .... Rohan's Mother
  9. Keemat – They Are Back (1998) .... Sulakshana Tripathi
  10. Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998) .... Mrs. Chandrika Bansal
  11. Kareeb (1998) .... Neha's Mother
  12. Jallaad (1995)
  13. Kartavya (1995) .... Sharda Varma
  14. Ikke Pe Ikka (1994) .... Kaushalya Devi
  15. Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994).... Janki
  16. Santaan (1993) .... Laxmi
  17. Prateeksha (1993) .... Laxmi
  18. Nishchaiy (1992) .... Renuka Singh
  19. Khule-Aam (1992) (as Moushmi Chatterjee) .... Roopa
  20. Zulm Ki Hukumat (1992) .... Pitamber's wife
  21. Ghayal (1990) .... Indu Mehra
  22. Shehzaade (1989) .... Padmini Singh
  23. Sikka (1989) .... Laxmi
  24. Jung Baaz (1989).... Mrs. Krishna Prasad Saxena
  25. Aakhri Baazi (1989) .... Parvati P. Kumar
  26. Aakhri Gulam (1989)
  27. Agnee (1988) .... Shobha
  28. Vijay (1988) .... Rita
  29. Param Dharam (1987) .... Savitri
  30. Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... Mrs. Ganga Singh
  31. Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mala
  32. Urbashi (1986)
  33. Ghar Ek Mandir (1984)
  34. Jawaani (1984) .... Prema Mohan
  35. Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984)
  36. Justice Chaudhury (1983) .... Janki Chaudhary
  37. Angoor (1982) .... Sudha A. Tilak
  38. Bhannat Bhanu (Marathi film, cameo role for song "Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari") (1982)
  39. Daasi (1981)
  40. Itni Si Baat (1981) .... Asha
  41. Krodhi (1981) .... Aarti
  42. Ogu Bodhu Sundari (1981)
  43. Pyaasa Sawan (1981) .... Shanti
  44. Do Premee (1980) .... Payal/Parvati Singh Dogra
  45. Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
  46. Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) .... Anu
  47. Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) .... Sita Ram Kumar
  48. Swayamvar (1980) .... Roopa Bhargav
  49. Manzil (1979) .... Aruna Khosla
  50. Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Sandhya
  51. Prem Bandhan (1979) - Meena Mehra
  52. Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979) .... Rani
  53. Bhola Bhala (1978) .... Renu
  54. Dil Aur Deewar (1978) .... Saroj
  55. Phandebaaz (1978)
  56. Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1978) .... Shanti
  57. Swarg Narak (1978) .... Shobha Mohan Kapoor
  58. Tumhari Kasam (1978) .... Vidya
  59. Ab Kya Hoga (1977) (.... Lady who asked for a cup of Tea
  60. Anand Ashram (1977/I) .... Kiran
  61. Zindagi (1976) .... Seema (as Moushumi)
  62. Jai Bajrang Bali (1976) -- Devi Maa Sita
  63. Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1976) .... Sunita
  64. Anari (1975)
  65. Do Jhoot (1975)
  66. Mazaaq (1975) .... Moushumi
  67. Natak (1975)
  68. Raftaar (1975) .... Rani/Rita
  69. Umar Qaid (1975)
  70. Benaam (1974) .... Sheela Srivastav
  71. Badla (1974) .... Kalpana
  72. Humshakal (1974) .... Radha/Sita
  73. Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974) .... Tulsi
  74. Us-Paar (1974) .... Kamla (Kamli)
  75. Zehreela Insaan (1974)
  76. Ghulam Begam Badshah (1973)
  77. Kuchhe Dhaage (1973) .... Sona
  78. Naina (1973)
  79. Anindita (1972)
  80. Anuraag (1972) .... Shivani
  81. Parineeta (1969) .... Lalita
  82. Balika Badhu (1967)


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