Keshto Mukherjee – a teetotaler who was specialised in comic drunkard roles in Hindi films!

Keshto Mukherjee  was an Indian film actor and comedian.He specialised in comic drunkard roles in Hindi films.

Though he was famous for his drunkard typecast role in Hindi films, he used to share a very good relation with the iconic director Ritwik Ghatak and had very tiny but important roles in the maestro’s films such as the trickster in Bari Theke Paliye, the madman in Ajantrik or character roles in Nagarik and Jukti Takko Aar Gappo.

Interesting Facts about Keshto Mukherjee

1.In the movie Mere Apne (1971), Keshto appears as a political leader misleading the local toughs for winning in the election. InParichay (1974), he appeared as the private tutor to a group of naughty children who terrify him by setting a turtle with a lighted candle on its back.

2.In Zanjeer, Aap Ki Kasam and Sholay Keshto Mukherjee’s performances have left long-lasting impressions. In personal life he was a teetotaler.

3.In Teesri Kasam, he acted with Raj Kapoor. In Sadhu aur Shaitaan, he was one of the cronies of Kishore Kumar. A similar role was performed in the movie Padosan. In Mehmood’s movie Bombay to Goa, his role of a dozing passenger was a popular one.

4.He acted in the role of a street dancer in Musafir, directorial debut of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was Asit Sen who offered Keshto Mukherjee a role of a typical drunkard in the movie Maa Aur Mamta (1970).

5.Keshto Mukherjee’s son, Babloo Mukherjee is also a comedy actor and has acted in several films. It is a popular misconception that Shushmita Mukherjee, is Keshto Mukherjee’s daughter.
Though Keshto did many movies however he was best known for his role in Sholay (1975), Zanjeer (1973) and Chupke Chupke (1975).

He died in 1985 in Bombay, India.

Ref : Wikipedia

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