Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mithun Chakraborty Was Above To Sell His National Award Medal To Satisfy His Hunger!!!

In our last issue we read how Mithun Chakraborty from a Naxalite took to acting. But his journey after graduating from prestigious FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) was arduous packed with untold miseries and starving days that he spent during his struggling phase in Mumbai. 

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Though Mithun Chakraborty began his career on a high note winning the Best Actor National Award for Mrinal Sen’s movie MRIGAYAA (1976), he had to struggle tooth and nail in Bollywood to acquire stardom. 

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Despite a National Award and the tag of FTII graduate, readers would be astounded to know that Mithun had to play extras role in movies to make a living in Mumbai. In Amitabh Bachchan’s first movie with Rekha, DO ANJAANE, Mithun can be seen in a minuscule scene. In fact a time had come when Mithun Chakraborty was above to sell his National Award medal to satisfy his days of hunger!!! 

An interesting anecdote from Mithun’s early life will reflect how difficult it had become for Mithun to survive in Mumbai. According to senior journalist from a famous film magazine, he was assigned to interview Mithun Da after he had won the esteemed Nation Award for MRIGAYAA. The journalist had a hard time locating Mithun Da because he was not available at the address as he was busy hunting Mumbai studios searching work. 

Eventually the journalist happened to trace a pale and weary young man at a studio in Mumbai. On enquiry the journalist found the young man was none other but a struggling actor called Mithun Chakraborty. Excited the journalist introduced himself to Mithun Da and asked him for an interview. Exhausted and starved Mithun Da agreed to give the interview, only on the condition, if the journalist fed him a meal! The journalist took him to a hotel and only after an appetizing meal Mithun Da gave him the interview!! 

After a struggle of over two years in Mumbai, Mithun hit stardom with Surakshaa, (197) in which he played the role of spy G-9, the Indian version of James Bond 007. Mithun’s martial arts training helped him in a big way in this movie. Later he did many movies of this like WARDAAT, SAHHAS etc.

However it was with DISCO DANCER and his association with Bappi Lahari that made Mithun Da immortal. Remember KASAM PAIDA KARNE WALE KI, PYARI BEHNA, DILWAALA, DANCE DANCE etc.


In recent decade, although many genres like ‘pop’ , ‘hip-hop’ , ‘reggae’ has been infused in the Tamil film industry, carnatic music which stands dominant in every composition has not been let gone by the industry. In this generation which is always ‘on-the’go’, carnatic music still appeals to every music lover. Today at Raaga.com, let us take a look at some songs that have released this decade and has a very strong carnatic influence but has not failed to appeal to the audience at large.

Remember the song ‘Kannamoochi yen ada?’ from the movie Kandukondein Kandukondein, a lovely song where we see Aishwarya Rai dancing beautifully to the tune echoing in Chithra Amma’s voice. The same song was also sung by K.J.Yesudas which is also used in the movie. Thanks to A.R.Rahman for this beautiful song!

Another song that stirred the spark amongst many music lovers is ‘Aalankuyil koovum rayil aariraro’ from the movie Parthiban Kanavu. The song featuring actress Sneha and Srikkanth, was extremely well accepted amongst the masses. Infact having a strong flavour of the raagam Kaapi, is a very challenging song and needless to say singer Harini has done a brilliant job.

Kaatril Varum geethame’ is also a lovely number featuring many wonderful singers like Bhavatharini, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam and Shreya Ghoshal.. This song is from the movie ‘Oru Naal Oru Kanavu’ and is primarily based on the raagam Kalyani

Fom the movie ‘Kanda Naal Mudhalai’ the song ‘kanda naal mudhalaai kaadhal perugudhadi’ sung by Pooja and Subbiksha is still sounds soothing to the ears!Primarily based in ragam Madhuvanthi, this song has a mix of western beats running in the background. Maybe that is what worked its magic with the audience?

Although yet to release, the song has already hit many views. If the song ‘Kannukul pothivaipen en Chella kannan’ crossed your head, you are absolutely right! This song from the movie ‘Thirumanam enum nikkah’ has a tinge of various raagams that have been put to use.