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Moushumi Chatterjee was never considered to be a glamorous figure and she had crooked teeth, and yet, she was considered one of the most beautiful faces to hit the Hindi screen in the 1970s. She is an actress originally from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), West Bengal. She made her film debut in the Bengali hit, "Balika Badhu" (1969) directed by Tarun Majumdar. Her debut as heroine in the Hindi film "Anuraag" (1973) came courtesy of another famous Bengali director Shakti Samanta. She played a blind girl who falls in love, and her performance earned her a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. The film, itself, won the Filmfare Award as Best Picture. That led to another huge hit film, where played a rape survivor in Manoj Kumar's "Roti, Kapada, Aur Mahaan" (1974). Her rape sequence in the film is still considered to be one of the most disturbing scenes in Hindi cinema. Her performance earned her a Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress. That led to more starring roles opposite superstar Amitabh Bachchan in the thriller "Benaam" (1974) and Basu Chatterjee's film "Manzil" (1979). She did more Hindi and Bengali hit films, and by the 1980s, she made the transition to character roles of mother and bhabhi (sister-in-law).Moushumi's personal life has kept her in the gossip columns since the beginning of her career. She married early to producer Jayanta Mukherjee, son of legendary music composer and singer Hemant Kumar. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She acted in Hindi films after marriage, which was unusual at that time, as it was customary to act in films before marriage and leave films after marriage. At one point, she was said to leave her husband for film distributor Ramesh Sippy (not to be confused with the director of "Sholay" (1975)) but then changed her mind and stayed with her husband and their two daughters.In 2005, she was thrilled when director Tarun Majumdar, who had introduced her to films in "Balika Badhu" (1969) decided to introduce her younger daughter Megha in his next Bengali film "Bhalobasar Anek Naam". (Moushumi played a supporting role as cousin sister to Megha in the film.) Her older daughter Payal has made a name for herself behind the camera as the creative head at the Prime Channel, which oversees television shows.In middle age, Moushumi has accepted new challenges as playing a dual role in Tanuja Chandra's "Zindaggi Rocks" (2006) and crossed over to Canada to act in "Bollywood/Hollywood" (2003). She also has entered politics in 2004, even though she has had no experience, but she tried to compensate with enthusiasm and hard work.

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While she got along with her leading men, such as Vinod Mehra, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, and Rishi Kapoor, her favorite co-star is Sanjeev Kumar, who played her boyfriend, father, and brother-in-law in different films.

After she became a character actress, she played sister-in-law to one of her favorite actors, another Bengali star named Mithun Chakraborty.

Her personal favorite songs from her films are: "Jaa re bachpan tu jaa" from Kucche Dhaage (1972); "Woh Kya Hai" and "Sun ri Pawan" from Anuraag (1972); "Rim jhim gire saawan" from Manzil (1979). However, her most favorite song is "Chhod de saari duniya" from Saraswatichandra (1968), which she did not act in but starred Nutan, who she had worked with in Anuraag (1972).

Her real-life husband, Jayant Mukherjee, played her husband on-screen in one of her first Hindi films, "Kucche Dhaage" (1972).

She came from a conservative family, where her grandfather was a judge, and her father was in the army.

She claims that she was young, she was a tomboy who had more boys than girls for friends.

She said that she was married when she was in high school, after the legendary composer, Hemant Kumar, who had composed her first few Bengali films, approached her father and asked whether his son Jayant can marry her, and her father agreed.

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