By Jyothi Venkatesh
“I have stopped consumption of alcohol for the past few years, though, believe it or not, I used to round off I used to complete drinking bottle of scotch at one time till a few years ago”, said Mithun Chakraborty at the function to herald the completion and pre-release of his second son Namashi Chakraborty’s film Bad Boy opposite newcomer Amreen at the lawns of the Hotel Sun N Sand, braving the scorching heat.
Talking about the manner in which he had groomed his three sons Mimoh, Ushmey and Namashi, Mithun reiterated that though he has told his sons that he was always been his sons whenever they needed him, he has always been insisting that they should struggle on their own and eke out their careers instead of expecting their father to launch a film or recommend them to producers for a break”
His second son Namashi confessed that he is aware of the fact that as a newcomer though he is glad that hen happens to be the son of a legend like Mithun Chakraborty, he is also aware of the fact that he just cannot at all compete with a legend like Mithun Chakraborty even if he wanted to. “I do not take any pressure on account of it.”
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Namashi admits that he is very excited that his father is all set to shake a leg with him in a song in the film Bad Boy which is being directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. Namashi also adds that it is also for the first time that my dad is actually acting in a film directed by Rajji. Says Mithun, “It is for the first time that I have acted with director Rajkumar Santoshi albeit it is a part of a song in which I have shaken my leg with my son Namashi.
When asked whether it was true that he was going to be a part of the remake of Disco Dancer which has been announced by B. Subhash recently, Mithun quipped frankly that as of today he has slowed down with increasing age and just cannot dance like he used to dance in the good old disco days. I only set out to choose films that tend to tickle me with content, whether it is Hindi for that matter Bengali like recently I was part of the Bengali film Prajapati which ran for 100 days and also fetched me the Best Actor award from Filmfare.”
Mithun Chakraborty is extremely proud of the fact that his second son, Ushmey, has been garnering acclaim in screenwriting competitions. “Ushmey has opened his own production house Chariot Films, with a division in Los Angele. Ushmey has also made it to the top 15 per cent at the Academy Nicholl Fellowship [which was established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1985]. It’s been an exciting journey so far for him”.
The proud father signs off, “Ushmey’s new romantic comedy, She Can Fly Too, is being recognised at various international screenwriting competitions. The story revolves around a plain Jane who gets the opportunity to be with the town superhero when she gets super-powers.