Mithun refuses to do fatherly roles
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Mithun refuses to do fatherly roles

The actor, who's Jr B's foe and friend in Guru, says that his Bengali producers would throw a fit if he does so.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 16:28 IST

Three-time National Award winning actor Mithun Chakraborty, who plays Abhishek Bachchan's foe and friend in the recently released Guru, says his son Mimoh has far better dancing skills than him.

Mimoh is all set to make his debut on the big screen with Jimmy.

"My son's film Jimmy should be ready by March. The title comes from one of my hit songs. Mimoh is not at all like me. He's his own person. And he's a much better dancer than I am. Don't believe me? Watch him when he comes on screen," Mithun told IANS in an interview.

The best thing that strikes you about the veteran actor is his warmth and humility. "I'm glad to be around for so long," he said.

Thankfully, no one is offering him father and brother roles in Bollywood.

"My new release Guru has me directed by Mani Ratnam. Do you know if things had gone well I'd have worked with him long ago! Yes, Mani had offered me a role in his Tamil film Iruvar (which Prashant finally played), which I didn't do because I was required to cut my hair."

"If I had cut my hair for one film, a dozen other producers would've committed suicide. Ratnam is a filmmaker who has been doing exemplary work for many years."

Mithun says Ratnam is focused.

"There was so much to learn from him. And I'm not saying that just because I have to.

"All my young co-stars, Abhishek, Aishwarya, Madhavan, Vidya, are lovely to work with."

Mithun feels technically, the film industry has come a long way.

"Yes, things have improved technically. The atmosphere is far more cutthroat. The media is far more active today. That makes the stars far more conscious of doing the right things."

He refuses to play the stereotypical father or brother.

"If I did any of those, my fans in Bengal would be very unhappy. Over there they still see me as a star or superstar. My recent Bengali films, like Hungama, are super hits. Bengali producers would throw a fit if I did fatherly roles in Hindi."

Mithun, who does three-four Bengali films every year, confesses he moved to Ooty in the 1980s for the sake of his family.

"Because I didn't want to die with an actor's shoes on. I've no ambitions to die as an actor. I want to secure my children's future. They shouldn't suffer when I'm not here. My daughter is only nine."

First Published: Jan 20, 2007 04:00 IST