Yesterday I was watching Golmaal  (1979), a ROFL types comedy with some brilliant performances by Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutta, Kestho Mukherjee and others.

It was the famous “Police” station scene where Kestho Mukherjee and Utpal Dutta make you roll-on-the-floor laughing made me think about the talented comedian Kestho Mukherjee.

A Brief Bio of Keshto Mukherjee is
“Keshto Mukherjee specialised in comic roles of a drunkard in Hindi films. Keshto made his debut in Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengali movie Nagarik (1952). He was spotted by Hrishikersh Mukherjee who cast him in his debut film Musafir (1957). Keshto always acted in short character roles which often went unnoticed till Asit Sen cast him as a drunkard in Maa Aur Mamta(1970). This movie started a tring of roles as a drunkard and Keshto became synonymous with these roles.

Keshto Mukherjee was a part of some of the greatest movies of his times , He was a permanent fixture in movies made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterhee, Gulzar and Mehmood. His big films include China Town (1962), Asli Naqli (1962), Teesri Kasam (1966), Majhli Didi (1967), Sadhu Aur Shaitan (1968), Padosan (1968), Mere Apne (1971), Bombay To Goa (1972), Parichay (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Aap Ki Kasam (1974), Sholay (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975), Gol Maal (1979) and Khubsoorat (1980). His roles of Hariram Nayi in Sholay, James in Chupke Chupke and Ashrafi Lal in Khubsoorat are remembered to this day.

Kesto Mukherjee died in 1985.”

Remember Bombay to Goa(1972) where he played a sleeping passenger without a single dailogue in the film yet had an impression on the viewers. How can we forget him Iiiizzzzze!

Trivia :
Kesto Mukherjee’s son, Babloo Mukherjee is also a comedy actor and has acted in several films.

Another fact, Actress Susmita Mukherjee(Kitty of TV Serial Karmchand) is not the daughter of Kestho Mukherjee contrary to the popular beliefs. Read more about it here.

Click here to see the Filmography of Kestho Mukherjee.

References :

A Few Keshto Mukherjee Videos:

Watch the famous Scene in Golmaal

The Scene from Chupke Chupke with Dharmendra

The song “Ek Tanete Jemon Temon”  from Bangla Film Troyee- MITHUN CHAKRABORTY & KESHTO MUKHERJEE

Scene from Kudrat Rajesh Khanna and Keshto Mukherjee

Bombay to Goa- FUNNY SCENE