Mithun Chakraborty grilled over ‘hate’ speech in Calcutta
Kolkata police on Wednesday grilled Barishal-born Bollywood actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty for delivering a controversial speech at a campaign rally in eastern West Bengal three months ago.
The UNB has learned that Mithun was interviewed by video conference for nearly an hour in connection with a case that was filed against him on the basis of a complaint accusing the actor of inciting violence in the area. ‘State through’ hate speech ‘.
While campaigning for the legislative elections, the 71-year-old actor cited two popular dialogues from one of his Bengali films during the electoral rally at the iconic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on March 7 in the presence of the Indian Prime Minister. Narendra Modi.
He made the controversial speeches the same day he was inducted into the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India in the presence of Modi.
Bengal was the scene of the most publicized contest in India’s recent state elections. And the actor was one of the star activists of the BJP.
Chief Minister of State Mamata Banerjee made history by single-handedly securing an astonishing victory in the parliamentary elections. She not only defied the anti-incumbents and avoided a huge challenge from the BJP.
Born in Barisal (now Bangladesh) and raised in Bengal, Mithunda made his acting debut with the arthouse drama Mrigayaa in 1976, for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor.
He has been dubbed the “dance star” of Bollywood after playing Jimmy in the 1982 film Disco Dancer, a commercially successful film in India and Russia. He went on to win two more National Film Awards for his performances in Tahader Katha (1992) and Swami Vivekananda (1998).
Besides Bollywood, the veteran actor has appeared in films in regional languages including Bengali, Hindi, Odia, Bhojpuri, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi. He starred in 350 films in total during his 45-year career.
Mithunda’s name is also listed in the Limca Book of Records (the Indian equivalent of the Guinness Book of World Records) for 19 film releases as a lead actor in 1989 and this record has still not been broken in Bollywood.