The speculations were rife that the actor may join BJP and become its face for Chief Minister in the Bengal Assembly election.
Ending days and weeks of speculation today, actor Mithun Chakraborty today finally joined the BJP at a massive rally shortly before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival. Fondly called “Mithun-da”, the Bengal’s one of most beloved actors delivered all the punchlines that could thrill the giant crowd waiting for PM Modi’s speech at the Kolkata Brigade Parade Ground.
“I am proud to be a Bengali. I know you love my dialogues,” the actor said, as he went on to recite some of his most famous one-liners.
Reciting one from his 2006 hit film, MLA fatakeshto, Chakraborty said: “Marbo ekhaney…lash porbay shoshaney (‘I will thrash you here. Your body will be found at the crematorium)”.
“Here is my new dialogue. I am not a jol dora snake. I am not a beleghora snake. I am a pure cobra. I strike and you become a photograph,” he said, as the crowd cheered loudly.
Mithun Chakraborty, wearing a Kurta, cap, and sunglasses, accepted the BJP flag and waved to the crowd.
The actor said it was like a dream come true. Mr Chakraborty said: “The Prime Minister of the world’s biggest democracy. And I will share the stage with him. It is a dream come true…”
The 70-year-old actor, who is also a former Trinamool Rajya Sabha member, enjoys a huge fan-following in Bengal. Lately, he has been seen in popular dance reality shows; in Bollywood, his popularity peaked during his days as a dancer actor in blockbusters like “Disco Dancer”.
The speculations were rife that the actor may join BJP and become its face for Chief Minister in the Bengal Assembly election starting later this month since RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat visited Mithun Chakraborty at his bungalow in Mumbai on 16 February.