Mithun Chakraborty became famous as a dancing actor. Before joining films, he was a Communist activist.
Mithun's early years as an actor won him many awards, after which he enjoyed commercial success in films such as Disco Dancer. He returned to Bollywood after a long absence with a much-appreciated performance in Mani Ratnam's Guru.
Mithun and actress Sridevi were said to be involved despite his marriage and there were even rumours that the two wed secretly. However, she apparently left him after he refused to leave his wife.
Mithun's first marriage failed and he is currently married to Yogita Bali and has three children. His son Mahakshay (earlier known as Mimoh) has also entered Bollywood.