Wanna know who is the ‘hero’ of Moushumi Chatterjee’s life, the Bengali beauty, who ruled the 70’s with hit films like ANURAAG, ROTI, KAPADA AUR MAKAAN, BENAAM, KACHCHE DHAAGE, ANGOOR etc. Recently she shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in her come back vehicle PIKU.
Well, frankly speaking for every married woman it is her husband, who is her ‘Hero’ but for Moushumi Chatterjee it was her father-in-law Hemant Kumar, the famous singer, music director and filmmaker because besides playing the role of a godfather in shaping her career in films both Bengal and Bollywood, he taught her the urbane living style of Mumbai when young Moushumi Chatterjee (who just 15 years) married his son and came to Mumbai.
In an interview Moushumi Chatterjee candidly confessed, “My ‘Hero’ is none other but my father-in-law, whom, I fondly called ‘Baba’ (Hemant Kumar).”
She informed, “Actually it was Baba, who encouraged my parents and myself to play the lead role in BALIKA BADHU (Bengali film) when I was studying in class V. Late when I married and became his daughter-in-law, he became a sheet anchor in my life. From teaching me the nuance of urban lifestyle, he took care of my filmy career too.”
Recalling an interesting incident, she said, “Once while I was in my first stage of pregnancy I collapsed on the sets while shooting. To everyone’s surprise Baba, who used to initially accompany me on sets rushed and lifted me in his arms.”
She added, “I was astonished as Baba was above 60 years yet he carried me in his arms up to the car outside studio and rushed me to the hospital. Later he revealed that he did so as I was pregnant and he didn’t trust anybody better than himself to handle me with care. From that day my respect for Baba increased and he became my hero!”