Keshto Mukherjee

Keshto Mukherjee
Born7 August 1925
Kolkata, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died2 March 1982 (aged 56)

Keshto Mukherjee (7 August 1925 – 2 March 1982) was an Indian film actor and comedian.[1][2] He was born in Kolkata,Bengal Presidency, British India.[3] He specialised in comic drunkard roles in Hindi films. Though he was famous for his drunkard typecast role in Hindi films, he was a teetotaller throughout his life.[4]

He used to share a very good relation with the iconic director Ritwik Ghatak and had very tiny but important roles in the maestro's films such as the trickster in Bari Theke Paliye, the madman in Ajantrik or character roles in Nagarik and Jukti Takko Aar Gappo.

Interesting facts about Keshto Mukherjee[]

  1. In the movie Mere Apne (1971), Keshto appears as a long distant relative of Meena Kumari, who wants her to take care of their son as nanny. In Parichay (1972), he appeared as the private tutor to a group of naughty children who terrify him by setting a turtle with a lighted candle on its back.
  2. In Zanjeer, Aap Ki Kasam and Sholay, Keshto Mukherjee's performances have left long-lasting impressions. In personal life he was a teetotaler.
  3. In Teesri Kasam, he acted with Raj Kapoor. In Sadhu aur Shaitaan, he was one of the cronies of Kishore Kumar. A similar role was performed in the movie Padosan. In Mehmood's movie Bombay to Goa, his role of a dozing passenger was a popular one.
  4. He acted in the role of a street dancer in Musafir, directorial debut of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was Asit Sen who offered Keshto Mukherjee the role of a typical drunkard in the movie Maa Aur Mamta (1970).
  5. Keshto Mukherjee's son, Babloo Mukherjee is also a comedy actor and has acted in several films. It is a popular misconception that Sushmita Mukherjee, is Keshto Mukherjee's daughter.
  6. Though Keshto did many movies, however, he was best known for his role in Sholay (1975), Zanjeer (1973) and Chupke Chupke (1975).


He died on 2 March 1982 in Bombay, India.

Selected filmography[]

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Category Film Result
1976 Filmfare Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Kaala Sona Nominated
1978 Chacha Bhatija Nominated
1979 Azaad Nominated
1981 Be-Reham Nominated
Khubsoorat Won


  1. ^ "Don't miss out on the laughs". Financial Express. 1 February 2009. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Keshto Mukherjee Biography , Filmography & Movie List - BookMyShow". BookMyShow. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ "He hammed with humour". The Hindu. 30 July 2004. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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