No one could turn a blind eye to her endearing innocence. Moushumi Chatterjee floored audiences and critics alike with her innocent act in Balika Badhu‘ and lit up the screen as the blind sculptor in Anuraag. The entire Bengali film industry and indeed B’Townies have reason to celebrate on Moushumi’s 63rd birthday!
Born in Calcutta to army man Prantosh Chattopadhyaya and his wife, Moushumi married producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of legendary music composer and singer Hemant Kumar, at a very young age and had two daughters. She embarked on her film career after marriage, which was unusual for actresses of that time.
She made her film debut in Tarun Majumdar‘s Bengali hit Balika Badhu and got her first break in Hindi films in Shakti Samanta‘s Anuraag. Moushumi was even nominated for the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Actress’ that year. Her portrayal of a rape victim in Roti Kapada Aur Makaan earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
She starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Benaam and later on in Manzil. Her other notable films include Zindagi, Tumhari Kasam, Maang Bharo Sajana and Angoor. She has also appeared in supporting roles in films such as Ghayal, Udhaar Ki Zindagi, Kareeb, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Bollywood/Hollywood and most recently in The Japanese Wife.
As she enters the 64th year of her life, we’d like to wish the vintage Bengali beauty heaps of happiness and hope that she graces the screen with her radiant presence in the near future!