‘Disco Dancer’ first Indian film to gross 100 cr in the world, according to new Mithun biography

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The Mithun Chakraborty-starrer ” Disco Dancer ”, which was released in 1982, was the first Indian film to gross Rs 100 crore in the world, claims a new biography on the old-time superstar.

The film had broken the record for “Sholay” (1975) and established the Bengali actor among the superstars of the Hindi film industry, said Ram Kamal Mukherjee in “Mithun Chakraborty: The Dada of Bollywood”.

Produced and directed by Babbar Subhash, ” Disco Dancer ” is a fictional rags-to-riches story by street artist Jimmy (played by Mithun) who reached dizzying heights as a singer and disco dancer. The film was a musical blockbuster with its songs also gaining popularity abroad.

The film introduced India to the disco world and audiences went berserk. The film was also a resounding success abroad, notably in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Middle East, Turkey and West and East Africa. », Writes Mukherjee in one of the chapters devoted to the cult film.

In fact, ‘Disco Dancer’ was the first Indian film to gross Rs 100 crore worldwide. The music for the film was a huge success and won many accolades. “Disco Dancer” also saw the birth of the famous Mithun-Bappi Lahiri collaboration and the two have worked together in an astonishing number of films, many of which have proven to be super hits over the years, including “Dance Dance” (1987 ), “Guru ‘(1989),’ Prem Pratigya ‘(1989),’ Dalaal ‘(1993) and many more,” writes the journalist turned filmmaker.

Published by Rupa Publications, the biography draws heavily on print and video interviews with Mithun over the years and the author’s interactions with the 71-year-old actor’s family members, his personal staff and his peers from industry.

Mukherjee, who used to be a film journalist, leaves no important points in Mithun’s life untouched as he travels through his life story from his humble beginnings in Bengal, his school and university life and how he had to leave his home. homeland to escape an “inevitable death or prison” because of its “naxalism” approach.

About 200 pages long, the book also traces the struggles of young Gourang (real name Mithun) when he arrived in Bombay and tried to find work as an actor while engaging in menial jobs in order to ‘securing daily meals before becoming a driving force in the Hindi film industry which he eventually made and won three national film awards for his acting.

Mithun Chakraborty’s story remains a compelling story of struggle and success, of a middle-class boy who succeeds in the world of glamor. No less dramatic than the most colorful and dramatic Bollywood movies, ” says Mukherjee.

“Mithun has shown in Hindi cinema that a tall, dark man with a charming smile and a formidable physique can take over the world …” he adds, referring to the struggles that the veteran actor and a foreigner from Bollywood had to go through because of her skin tone.

“ Mithun Chakraborty: The Dada of Bollywood ” also discusses the affinities of the former member of Rajya Sabha with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party and the personal ties to politicians no less than Jyoti Basu and Balasaheb Thackeray.

The book, among other issues, covers Mithun’s involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam, romantic ties to co-actors during the 1980s as well as his choice to make “B-grade” films for a period of time. considerable period extending until the 1990s.

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