Kolkata: Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty finally put an end to weeks of speculation today as he joined the BJP at a massive rally shortly before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival.
Bengal’s most beloved actor, “Mithun-da” left no stone unturned to woo his audiences as he delivered all the punchlines at the Kolkata Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.
“I am proud to be a Bengali. I know you love my dialogues,” he said.
“Marbo ekhaney…lash porbay shoshaney (‘i will thrash you here. Your body will be found at the crematorium ,” he said, from his 2006 hit film, MLA fatakeshto.
“Here is my new dialogue. Ami joldhorao noi, bele borao noi… ami ekta cobra, ek chobol-ei chhobi (Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake, I am a pure cobra, one strike and you become a photograph.” His audience cheered.
The 70-year-old actor picked Kurta, cap and sunglasses as he accepted the BJP flag and waved to the crowd.
To him it was like a dream come true, as he said. “The Prime Minister of the world’s biggest democracy. And I will share the stage with him. I had never dreamt of being a part of such a huge rally. I wished to work for the poorer sections of our society, and that wish will now be fulfilled.”
The national award winning actor and former Trinamool Rajya Sabha member has a huge fan-following in the state.
Ever since, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat visited Mithun at his bungalow in Mumbai on February 16, there had been speculation the actor may join BJP and become its face for Chief Minister in the Bengal Assembly election starting later this month. To note, Mithun is among the important faces the BJP will pitch in its campaign to oust Mamata Banerjee in Bengal.
Mithun Chakraborty quit the Trinamool within two years of his Rajya Sabha nomination after he was named in the Saradha chit fund case. He was interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate over ₹ 1.2 crore he had allegedly received from the group as fee for becoming brand ambassador of a TV news channel the Saradha group financed.
The actor then reportedly returned the money and quit the upper house as well as the TMC citing poor health.