Mahua Roychoudhury

Mahua Roychoudhury
Native name মহুয়া রায়চৌধুরী
Born (1958-09-24)24 September 1958
Died 22 July 1986(1986-07-22) (aged 27)
Occupation Actress
Known for Raj Purush (1987)
Sriman Prithviraj (1973)[1]
Jabanbondi (1983)

Mahua Roychoudhury (Bengali: মহুয়া রায়চৌধুরী), (24 September 1958  22 July 1986) was an indian film actress. She was born in Kolkata.[2][3]

Personal life

She was a Bengali film actress in the 80s. She was born on 24 September 1958. Her original name was Shipra Roy Choudhury. Director Tarun Majumdar named her ‘Mahua’. Tarun Majumdar discovered her and Sandhya Roy groomed her. Mahua Roychoudhury was from a lower – middle-class family of DumDum. Her father Nilanjan Roychowdhury was a dancer.

So from her childhood she had the knack of dancing. She could not pursue her studies due to the economic instability of her family. Meanwhile she made her acting debut in Tarun Majumdars Sriman Pritthiraj (1972). She had also shared screen with matinee idol Uttam Kumar in some films notable amongst being Sei Chokh, Bagh Bandi Khela etc. She had produced hit films pairing with actors like Dipankar De, Santu Mukherjee, Samit Bhanja, Tapas Pal, Chiranjeet, Koushik Banerjee, Ranjit Mallik and even Prosenjit. Her next-door girl type acting made her popular in Bengali household. Actresses Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Sandhya Roy groomed her acting skills which further improvised her acting style. Very few actresses of her time knew classical as well as modern dance so well.Mahua infused the art of dancing successfully in her films, a quality quite rare in those days.

She married actor Tilak Chakraborty on 2 May 1976. They had one son named Tamal. Many Bengali heroines lacked good dancing skills in the 70s. Mahua had all such qualities that could establish her as a good actress. She had a beautiful face, good acting and dancing ability. In a very short time she received both fame and money. Many say that Mahua came from a lower-middle-class family, the taste of fame, money were unexpected for her. Her outstanding performance in Tapan Sinhas Aadmi Aur Aurat (1984) with Amol Palekar won her critical acclaim that corrected her reputation of merely filling up the box office coffers. There was even a time when Bengali films used to run by her name only. Within a very short span of time Mahua had met with huge success and popularity. She almost by herself had put the Bengali cinema on a comeback-trail with Lal Golap in 1983.


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On 12–13 July midnight, 1986, Mahua met with a fire accident receiving serious burns. On 22 July the same year, she succumbed to death owing to her injury. The exact cause of the fire accident remains a mystery. She had nearly around 15 films running on her shoulder at the time of her death. Many of her films were released after her death like'Anurager Choya','Abhimaan','Ashirbaad','Kenaram Becharam' ,'Abir' etc. The whole industry grieved on her sudden demise.[10] Police did not know the perticular cause of her death.


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