In a shocking though not unexpected turn of events, yesteryears’ box-office queen, the ebullient Moushumi Chatterjee known for her dancing eyes and mischievous smile, lost her daughter Payal after a long battle to save her life. Payal suffered from a lethal form of diabetes. Married into a business family, Payal was apparently in a coma for some time year. Last year Moushumi went through a bitter courtroom battle with her daughter’s husband and in-laws over Payal’s medical treatment and visiting rights. She accused her daughter’s in-laws of neglect and refusal to let the mother meet her daughter. Charges that they vehemently denied.
Moushumi Chatterjee with daughter Payal
In an interview to me in 2017 when Moushumi’s last film Piku was released, the actress had proudly said to me, “Both my daughters are well-settled. The elder one Payal works with Disney and the younger Megha did two films but quit to become a social worker. Everyone comes with their own destiny in life.” Unfortunately, the happiness did not last long as the conflict with her daughter’s family soon hit the headlines.
In the past few Moushumi has become increasingly secluded from the film industry. An old colleague and co-star says, “I haven’t seen Moushumi for years. She has shown no interest in keeping up with any of her colleagues. I’m shocked to hear about her daughter. May God give Moushumi the strength to deal with this tragedy.”
Moushumi is known for her roles in films like Manzil (with Amitabh Bachchan that had the evergreen song Rimzhim gire saawan), Angoor (with Sanjeev Kumar) and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan to name just a few. She was last seen in the Deepika Padukone-Amitabh Bachchan-Irrfan starrer Piku where she had a cameo as Deepika’s aunt.