PBC News: Bangladesh’s Barisal-born popular Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday, reports The Indian Express.
The move comes weeks ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, that are slated to begin on March 27. Speculations were rife that 70-year-old Mithun would be joining the saffron camp to boost the party’s growing image in the state.
Speaking at the rally, Chakraborty said, “It is a dream that has come true for me today. Coming from a small locality in North Kolkata called Jorabagan, I did dream of becoming something big, but never did I imagine that I will get a chance to share a stage with the biggest political leaders of the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Subtly hitting back at the Trinamool Congress for calling the BJP “outsiders,” Chakraborty added, “I am a Bengali and I believe that anyone who has grown up here has a right over this land. I promise to stand up and fight for the rights of every person living in West Bengal.”
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had met Chakraborty at the former’s residence in Belgachia on Saturday. “I have spoken with him (Mithun) and he’s going to come today. I will be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him,” Vijayvargiya said.
Born in Barisal (now in Bangladesh) and brought up in Bengal, Mithunda made his acting debut with the art house drama Mrigayaa in 1976, for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor.
He was nicknamed the “dancing star” of Bollywood after he played Jimmy in the 1982 film Disco Dancer, a commercially successful film in India and Russia.