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For Father’s Day  Mithun  Chakraborty’s son Mahaaksay, aka  Mimoh,on what it means to be his father’s son.



Mimoh with Mithon

As a child,what were your first impressions of your father?

As  a child my first impression of  my Dad was, that he was always super-busy. Would you believe ,he used  to do as many as six shifts per day. Six projects  on the floor on the same  day!To each he would give two hours.So he was always on the move , whether in Mumbai  or out of the city. So my brother and I would hardly ever see him. But when  we did see him we used to be very scared of him. He had this intimidating personality . Dad  was Dad! Like Mom was always Mom, cuddly and  affectionate . Today, touchwood, Dad and I the best  of friends. We’ve adult conversations. Back then we were very scared  of him.

When did you become aware that he was a major star.Did you have firsthand experiences of your father being mobbed?

See ,we always knew  Dad  was an actor, a  superstar and a legend. And we’ve seen him  firsthand being mobbed left right  and centre by his fans.  But even today, when you ask me this, for us it’s  never been like, ‘Oh he is a superstar!’. We know  how much people love and respect him. But for us he has always been aDad.An achiever no  doubt.  But not Mithun Chakraborty, the superstar. Dad is Dad.

When did you first watch his films and which are your favourites? I am sure you liked him best in Disco Dancer when you were a child.

I don’t remember  at  what age I started watching his films. He was already doing a whole lot of films while we were kids. Of course I love Disco Dancer. But my favourite film of Dad is Phool Aur Angaaray. I don’t know  why I have  a soft corner  for that particular  film. I remember watching the  film 10-15 times at the trials before it was released. Somehow the movie was fixated in my head. In the second-half when he  has this Terminator look with jelled hair and  the leather jacket out to take reveng…the coolest action hero.

Since he was doing multi- shifts when you were born,did you get to spend enough time with him as a child?

We did not  get to spend  that much time with him. He was working his ass off for us. Even today he is doing everything for us.I remember when we were young and waiting for him  to come home, Dad had this habit of ringing the doorbell twice .Whenever  the doorbell rang twice we knew Dad was home.Back then we couldn’t understand why we didn’t have more time  with him. Now we know.

Was Mithunda a disciplinarian? Or did he pamper you and your siblings silly?

Dad was always a balanced father. Right remains right and wrong remains wrong. It doesn’t change for his children. He’s never  over-protected  or pampered us. He is a balanced father with me and my three siblings.

Does it become a burden sometimes to be known as Mithun Charaborty’s son?

I don’t think the privilege  of  being Mithun Chakraborty’s son would ever be a burden. Today also people tell me, ‘Dada ke hum fan hain.Unki filmein dekh kar bade hue.’  It is such an honour. We are always reminded of his achievements.  It feels like such  a blessing to be  one of his children. I thank my parents  for this .And please  understand, there is  no entitlement to my career because of whose son I am. I am just thankful for having the parents that I do.If you ask me next year  or ten years  from now  what it feels like to be   my father’s son, the answer  will remain the same: it is  and it will always be  a blessing.

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