By Atul Mishra Last Updated:
If there is one man who has made millions drool over his dance moves, it has to be Mithun Chakraborty. He entered the film industry with Mrinal Sen’s 1976 film, Mrigayaa, for which he won his first National Film Award for acting, He then went to act in more than 350 films in a career spanning more than 4 decades. He is an actor, producer, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a former member of Rajya Sabha.
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Any actor in this world would dream to have a career like Mithun’s. And it’s not just his career that’s been an eye-catcher for long. Even his personal life has been the centre of this magnanimous personality. Before detailing out the secrets of his personal life, we must give you an overview.
Mithun Chakraborty dated the actress Sarika with whom he had worked in various films, but they eventually broke up. Then, he had a relationship with model-actress Helena Luke whom he married in 1979 but they eventually parted ways after four months (it sure was a rebound for Helena as after her five-year-old relationship with Javed Khan had just ended). Mithun then went on to marry the actress, Yogeeta Bali (after her split from legendary singer and husband Kishore Kumar). Now, let’s take a detailed look at the latter two pairings (Mithun-Helena and Mithun-Yogeeta) and the tragedy underneath.
Three years after Helena Luke and Mithun Chakraborty separated, there were rumours that Helana wanted to reconcile with Mithun. Quite obviously, it made, Yogeeta (his current wife), nervous. When the Stardust approached Helena, she said:
“This four-month old marriage of mine is like a hazy dream now. I only wish it hadn’t happened. He was the one who brainwashed me into believing that he was the man for me. Unfortunately, he succeeded.”
On being asked about the reconciliation with Mithun, adding the fact he was already a successful star by then, Helena replied:
“I was the one who walked out on him and asked for a divorce. He may be a star now, but that does not change my plans. I’ll never go back to him even if he is the richest guy around. I haven’t even asked for alimony. It was a nightmare and it’s over. I wish Mithun would stop talking about me. What I hate about Mithun is the way he treats his women as publicity props by discussing them and talking about them. As for me, this is the last time I’m speaking on this man. In a few months, our divorce will come through and he can do whatever he likes after that.”
She revealed to the Stardust that she had been a pampered child and had gotten everything her way in life. She further added:
“But after marriage, I got nothing. All alone I used to wait for him to come back home. I got to see him for only four hours every day and couldn’t bear it.”
She also added:
“I really believed him when he told me that he loved me. But when I got to know him better, I realised that he loved no one but himself. He was extremely immature, and though I was years younger than him, I felt much older. He was very possessive and accused me of seeing my ex-boy-friend Javed on the sly. I used to go blue in the face trying to convince him that I didn’t, but couldn’t succeed in eradicating his deep-rooted suspicious nature. It was only later that I realised he had a guilt complex. He himself was fooling around behind my back and thought I was doing the same.”
Besides the monetary problems (they were living in modest PGs as Mithun was not a star by then), the real reason was Mithun’s insecurity and suspicious attitude towards Helena. He suspected her of seeing her ex, Javed Khan. Helena revealed to the Stardust:
“Even if we bumped into him accidentally, Mithun insisted I had planned the meeting.”
Recalling her first birthday after marriage, she revealed that Mithun was out of town that day, and didn’t give her a single penny to spend. He didn’t even bother to call her up and wish her. Eventually, her friends took her out for dinner and all of them later dropped in at Javed’s place. Helena added:
“What hurts me most is when he lied to the press and said that he had not only called me and not found me at home, but that he had sent me flowers and a bottle of perfume.”
Helena was a stage actor, and she eventually entered the glamorous world of acting in the films. Mithun had once asked her never to use his name for anything. When Stardust asked Helena if she thinks of her ex-husband, she replied:
“I make it a point to see all his films,” she confessed. “He was terrible in Khwab. But I believe he is very good in Sitara. The only thing I want now is to work with him in a film. I want to show him that I’m an actress too!”
Though Helena had not met Yogeeta then, she had this to say about her and Mithun’s affair:
“I really don’t care what he does with whom. Whether it is Yogeeta, Ranjeeta or Padmini Kolhapure, it doesn’t bother me. The poor girl doesn’t know what she is getting into. I only hope she doesn’t get disillusioned a second time. That is, if Mithun really married her. I don’t think he ever will. I was told by Tamanna’s mother that my ex-husband was wooing her daughter as well.”
When the Stardust approached Yogeeta and asked her about Helena, she blurted out:
“I hate her. People say Mithun fell for me only because I look like her. But I don’t think there is any similarity between us. Just because she fell in love with Mithun because she thought he resembled her Javed Khan, does not mean that everyone feels the same way. Mithun does not even care for her. How can I look like her? I’m not so beautiful!”
It’s not that it’s been a cakewalk for Yogeeta. Commenting on her ex-husband:
“I’ve had my problems. Though my first marriage with Kishore Kumar broke up, I was not disillusioned with love, for I never loved him. My marriage with him was never consummated and so it hasn’t put me off the institution of marriage either.”
After her divorce with Kishore Kumar, there were rumours that Yogeeta is in a live-in relationship with Mithun and waiting for his divorce. To this she replied:
“It’s a lie. I’ve heard about it too and I would like to know who is responsible for such filth. I live here in my own flat with my brother and my mother. I will go to his house only after my marriage.”
Post Yogeeta’s divorce with Kishore Kumar and Helena’s separation from Mithun, when Stardust asked Yogeeta about career and marriage, she firmly and honestly revealed that marriage is her top priority. She opened up:
“I am a very homely person. I’d rather sit at home washing nappies and waiting for him to get back, than sit in studios waiting for the stars to turn up. I would give up everything for marriage. Mithun has to just tell me he wants me, and I’ll be there!”
Reacting to Yogeeta’s statement, Mithun laughingly said:
“The day she comes and tells me that she’s tired of working, I’ll take her to the mandap.”
So much was revealed in this interview. You must be wondering what eventually happened. Well, Mithun did marry Yogeeta in 1979. But then there was a turbulence in 1985 when there were reports of Mithun's secret marriage with Sridevi surfaced in the public. When Sridevi realised that Mithun had not divorced Yogeeta, she annulled the wedding in 1988.
Whoa! This was quite a ride, wasn’t it? So many rumours, revelations and realities! It would be fair to say, after all, that most of the celebrities in India are dragged into multiple affairs and multiple marriages. Mithun Chakraborty is one of them. Do let us known in the comments section below as to what you felt about this story.