Three-time national award winning actor Mithun Chakraborty, 61, says it’s important for him to work in off-beat films because this keeps him grounded.
“Such films (off-beat films) pull you down from stardom to the ground and make you feel human, and that is what brings me to such films,” Mithun, who plays the lead role in Bengali film Nobel Chor said on Wednesday, at an event at the ongoing 13th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF).
“I have been doing such films, so there is nothing about it,” said the actor who has successfully straddled both the worlds — commercial cinema and art house cinema. He won his first national award for Mrigayaa and he got the prestigious honour for Tahader Katha and Swami Vivekananda.
Nobel Chor, which had its first world premiere at the 16th Busan International Film Festival and was an official selection for screening at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, has also been screened in the Indian Frame section at the MFF.
In 2004, Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel prize medallion was stolen from Bichitra, the Tagore museum in Shantiniketan and director Suman Ghosh’s film is based on that. In the film, Mithun’s character Bhanu finds a Nobel medal and decides to sell it.
Ghosh said he wrote the script with Mithun in mind and “I had the courage to approach him, and it’s been an incredible journey of co-operation from Mithunda,” he said. This is his third directorial venture after Podokkhep and Dwando.
“I’m planning to release the film some time in December,” says producer Ashwini Kumar Sharma.