How Moushumi Chatterjee stunned Shakti Samanta in ANURAAG
Moushumi Chatterjee, the Bengali beauty who ruled Bollywood in the 70s giving hit movies like KUCHHE DHAAGE, ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAAN, ANGOOR etc. turns 66 today. Glamsham.Com wishes her birthday greetings and recalls how despite being married she earned a place of repute in Bollywood.
Moushumi Chatterjee made ripples in Bengal cinema with her debut movie BALIKA BADHU released in 1967, when she was just 15. However, despite huge recognition Moushumi did not continue in Bengali cinema. Reason, a year later when she was in class X, she was married to Jayant Mukherjee, son of eminent music director, singer and filmmaker Hemant Kumar, who produced hit movies like BEES SAAL BAAD and KOHRAA.
In an interview Moushumi Chatterjee revealed, ''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.''
She adds, ''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.''
Recalling her role in the movie Moushumi confessed, ''When 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, however he insisted to do a small Mahurat shot before. I agreed.''
She adds, ''When I reached the studio I was excited to see Bollywood luminaries like Nutanji, Dadamoni (Ashok Kumar fondly callked), Rajesh Khanna, S. D. Burman and others. The moment Shaktida called action I did my Mahurat shot confidently and was applauded. After the shot Shaktida told me that I had given the shot so skillfully that there was no need to visit a blind school!''
Truly, she played the role of a blind lady to such perfection in her debut movie that she fetched a Filmfare Nomination for Best Actress- Moushumi Chatterjee, thus becoming a star overnight. Her success can be judged from the fact in the 70s she was the third highest paid actress of that era.