Mithun Chakraborty to be awarded by Mamta Banerjee

Kolkata: Veteran actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Mithun Chakraborty and Supriya Devi will be among 43 film personalities who will be honoured by the West Bengal government July 24, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday.

July 24 is the death anniversary of legendary Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar. Soumitra and Supriya will be given lifetime achievement awards.

The awards will be part of the film awards instituted by the state government from this year, Banerjee said.

Banerjee said Bollywood hero Mithun Chakraborty will be given the Mahanayak Samman, 2012, with Sabitri Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Anjana Bhowmick, Sumita Sanyal, Mousumi Chatterjee and Lily Chakraborty being among the actresses slated to receive special awards.

Biswajit Chattopadhyay, Tapas Pal, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Ranjit Mullick will be among the actors who will receive the special awards.

“In all 43 film personalities will be awarded. The number is large this time, as nothing was done to honour them all these years,” she said.

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