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Top 10 Best Movies Of Mahua Roychowdhury


Decades have passed after death of Mahua Roychowdhury, still she  is remembered by Bengali film audiences. Mahua is considered as number one actress of Bengali films of all time. Here are the top 10 movies of Mahua Roychowdhury.
This is a tough job to select 10 movies from Mahua's films. Mahua acted in probably more than one hundred films. It is true that many of those films were based on poor story and script but Mahua's performance was praised in all her films. This is said by Tarun Majumder.

Before film Dadar Kirti (1980), Mahua was offered mostly 2nd female lead roles in films. Mahua was only 22 when Dadar Kirti was released. And in post Dadar Kirti films, Mahua was in lead female role in all her films and in many films she was the main character. From 1980 to 1985, Mahua magic was ruling the Bengali film industry. It is said that at that time she was the 1st, she was the 2nd and she was the 3rd among all Bengal Film Industry actresses. Mahua was dominating the industry. Mahua died when she was only 27. Most of the film actresses get their footing in the industry at this age while Mahua was at the top. If Mahua was alive, what would have happened at the age 30-35-45 and above? Critical challenging roles started   coming to Mahua - 'AAj Kal Porsur Golpo', 'Aadmi Aur Aurat' and she she again proved herself in these films. Untimely death of Mahua has caused lot of damage in Tollywood. 

Still we have tried. Here are the 10 films of Mahua's memorable performance where Mahua played the lead role. We have another page where Mahua Roychowdhury's memorable films where she played second lead role. From that page number of films can be included in top 10 films of Mahua irrespective of 1st lead or 2nd lead.

Mahua Roychowdhury Top Films As Second Lead: CLICK HERE

Shriman Prithviraj (1973)

Debut film of Mahua Roychowdhury. Cute Mahua was main attraction of the film and Bengali audiences came to know that a new actress has arrived. At the age of 14, Mahua was so comfortable in front of camera. Her performance including dancing touched everybody. 

Shriman Prithviraj is a Bengali romantic comedy film starring Ayan Banerjee and Mahua Roy Choudhury, and directed by Tarun Majumdar, featuring teenage love. It is the story of the transformation of a young boy's innocent but naughty childhood to an appreciation of the Swadeshi movement and the growth of adolescent love for a girl even younger than him. The comic appeal of the film is natural and free-flowing. 

The leading cast, Ayan Banerjee and Mahua Roychoudhury as the teenage-couple are still remembered for their roles in the film. Moreover, the blend of the pre-Independence political backdrop with the simple love life of the newlywed is excellently portrayed. On one hand there is the caricature of a typical Babu, who's hell-bent on getting the ‘Raibahadur’ title from the British rulers played excellently by Utpal Dutt, and on the other hand a Swadeshi played by Biswajit Chatterjee, who is out to teach the British rulers a lesson. The main focus is on Rashik Laal (Ayan), a notorious boy. To curb him, his parents get him married to Kamala (Mahua). But he creates havoc in his in-laws’ house as well. The interplay between the two, their becoming friends, missing each other, understanding their feelings for each other all make for a charming love story.

Last seen of the film, where Mahua is kissing Ayan is worth seeing.

 Sesh Raksha (1977)
Sabitri and Mahua in Film Sesh Raksha
Sabitri and Mahua in Film Sesh Raksha

Film is based on Rabindranath Thakur's drama 'Sesh Raksha'. Mahua, Sabitri and Sumitra are three friends and they are united against the male characters in the film. Mahua Roychoudhury and Sabitri Chatterjee duel in this film is worth seeing. In 2-3 scenes where Mahua is teaching tricks to Sabitri to control her husband are really fantastic.  Throughout the film, Mahua is spontaneous and natural. Both Sabitri Chatterjee and Mahua Roychowdhury are famous for natural acting and in this film, jugolbondi of the two is outstanding.
Characters in the film

Nibarana - neighbor of Chandrakanta; ; Sivacharan - Nimai's father; Kamalmukhi - adopted daughter of Nibarana; Indumati - daughter of Nibarana; Khantamani - wife of Chandrakanta

Binod Bihari; Chandrakanta; Nalinaksha; Nimai; Shripati; Bhupati; 

Director : Shankar Bhattacharya
Story : Rabindranath Tagore
Music Director : Hemanta Mukherjee
Lyricist : Rabindranath Tagore
Playback : Hemanta Mukherjee, Chinmoy Chatterjee, Dhiren Basu, Sumitra Roy, Indrani Roy

Star Cast : 

Mahua Roychoudhury as Indumati

Sumitra Mukherjee as Kamalmukhi

Sabitri Chatterjee as Khantamoni

Anil Chatterjee as Chandrakanta

Dipankar Dey

Santu Mukhopadhyay

Satya Banerjee

Bharati Dev


Aloka Ganguly

Indulekha Devi

Dadar Kirti (1980)

Mahua was excellent in this film. All her capabilities as an actress - acting, dancing, perfect lips in songs were extracted by the director in this film. 

Directed by: Tarun Majumdar
Story by: Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay


Mahua Roychowdhury
Tapas Paul
Sandhya Roy
Debashree Roy
Ayan Banerjee
Kali Banerjee
Kaushik Banerjee
Ruma Guha Thakurta
Anup Kumar

Story of the film

Kedar Chatujye (Tapas Paul), a very very simple boy, is exiled to his uncle’s house in a small town in Bihar by his father, who is extremely angry with him for being unable to pass his B.A. exams after three attempts. The simple-minded Kedar becomes the butt of all jokes of his cousin Santu's (Ayan Banerjee) gang of friends led by Bhombol Bhattacharjee also known as Bhombolda (Anup Kumar).

Kedar falls in love of Saraswati (Mahua Roychowdhury), a girl with a strong, no-nonsense character who is the elder sister of Santu’s betrothed Beena (Debashree Roy), at first sight. Saraswati even falls in love of Kedar not because of Bhombal's many lies but because of his simple nature. Saraswati’s parents too are impressed by Kedar’s decency and simplicity; they soften up to Kedar. However, Bhombolda and his gang create misunderstandings between the two. A disappointed Saraswati decides to marry a rich boy from Bhagalpur (Kaushik Banerjee). At the end, Bhombolda realises that Kedar has a heart of gold and admits his wrongdoing leading Saraswati to marry Kedar.

In 1980, Mahua Roychowdhury was awarded Best Actress Award for this film from Filmfare Awards East.

Paka Dekha (1980)

Director : Arvind Mukherjee Story : Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay Music Director : Hemanta Mukherjee Lyricist : Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay, Gauri Prasanna Mazumder Playback : Hemanta Mukherjee, Tarun Banerjee, Amal Mukhopadhyay, Samaresh Roy, Sudhin Sarkar, Pranab Ghosh, Chittapriya Mukherjee, Sagar Sen, Bitu Samajpati, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Neelima Banerjee, Arundhati Holme Chowdhury, Mala Devi Release : 1980
Star Cast : Kaushik Banerjee, Mahua Raychowdhury, Rabi Ghosh, Utpal Dutt, Santosh Dutta, Tarun Kumar, Haridhan Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, N. Viswanathan, Ujjwal Sengupta, Goutam Chakraborty, Durgadas Banerjee, Khagesh Chakravarti, Biren Chatterjee, Shambhu Bhattacharya, Kamu Mukherjee, Samir Mukherjee, Rathin Basu, Sova Sen, Banani Choudhury, Robin Mukherjee, Kalyani Adhikari, Tapati Bhattacharya

Story of the film

Aparna's father, a police officer, fixes her marriage of his own choice. Aparna does not agree with her father and she flees from home. Her father arrests Aparna's friends and interrogates them one by one. 
Finally Aparna gets married with her lover. Anarna's mother and grand mother were with her to manage her police officer father.
Mahua is Aparna and Utpal Dutt is her father in this film

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Saheb (1981)

Directed by Bijoy Bose
Writers:  Bijoy Bose, Ranjan Roy.


Madhavi Mukherjee as sister - in-law of Saheb and Bulti
Mahua Roychowdhury as Bulti 
Tapas Pal as Saheb
Utpal Dutta as Saheb and Bulti's father


Saheb a joyful, friendly, and kindhearted boy loved to play football. He was very much neglected by his brothers. Saheb's father didn't find any good quality in him. Only his sister-in-law and his only sister Bulti appreciated and took care about him. Saheb had a potential to become a good goalkeeper, but lack of support and care from his family became the main obstacle for his growth. Suddenly Bulti's marriage was fixed with a well-educated family. The budget of the event made Saheb's family helpless. At that time, Saheb sold his kidney and spoiled his football career. No one was aware of his decision. At the day of his sister's marriage when everyone was enjoying, Saheb was fighting for his life. Suddenly his sister-in-law came to know everything and became very upset. All his brothers were imposing allegation on him for that unaccounted money, then his sister-in-law exposed everything and made them quiet. At last, Saheb's father went to hospital and mourned for his neglected child.

This film revolves around Saheb (Tapas Paul) but Mahua is simply outstanding as a sister. We know, in film industry there are few actresses who are famous for playing sister's roles. Like Farida Jalal in Bollywood. Mahua is famous for her romantic and challenging roles. In film Saheb, Mahua proved that in this area of acting also, she is the best.

AAj Kal Porsur Golpo (1981)

Mahua Roychowdhury played an unglamorous character in this film. Mukta, the role played by Mahua is a poor farmer's wife who passed through lot of hurdles in her life. Mahua portrayed the role perfectly.

Producer : Nabyendu Chatterjee Director : Nabyendu Chatterjee Story : Manik Bandopadhyay Music Director : Nikhil Chattopadhyay Lyricist : Nabyendu Chatterjee Playback : Aarti Mukherji, Haimanti Sukla, Alpana Banerjee, Jatindra Mohan Debnath, Jadulal Debnath Star Cast : Mahua Raychowdhury, Dipankar Dey, Niranjan Ray, Ajitesh Bandopadhyay, Premangshu Bose, Mala Bandopadhyay, Sita Mukherjee, Prodyut Chatterjee, Subrata Sensharma, Barun Dasgupta, Ranjit Chakraborty, Mamata Chatterjee, Alpana Gupta, Bidisha Sinha, Maya Bhattacharya Story of the Film
Rampada a poor farmer of Bengal stayed with his wife and child. Famine snatched their son and Rampada forced to go city for sake of food and money. In such a situation hoarder, Ghanashyam Das exploited his wife Mukta and put her in mess. All such incidents forced Mukta to live in a red light area. Shankar a great patriot and a social reformer worked hard to change the situation. He belonged to the same village where Rampada and Mukta lived. Shankar took the case and after a huge effort, he was able to put them together. Ghanshyam intervened and tried to disrupt their union. The villagers did not accept that and supported Mukta. After a long battle, Rampada got the chance to meet his wife. At last, they managed to start their new life with the help of Shankar.

Aadmi Aur Aurat (1984)

Mahua played the role of an unglamorous village woman and proved her acting power. At that time, Mahua Roychowdhury was tigress of Bengali films. Aadmi Aur Aurat was Mahua's first Hindi film (It is a Hindi telefilm).

A Muslim man and a Hindu woman travel through a jungle. When the man learns about the woman's pregnancy, he decides to accompany her on her journey and helps her overcome all the hurdles.

Telefilm Aadmi Aur Aurat, directed by Tapan Sinha and starring Amol Palekar, Mahua Roy Chawdhary, Kalyan Chatterjee, Nirmal Ghosh, Parimal Sengupta, K. Singh, Dipak Sanyal, Sameer Mukharjee. The movie was telecast on Doordarshan, Government owned TV Channel of India. This film was screened in International Film Festival of India-2007.

Mahua Roychowdhury was awarded Best Actress Award in Damascus International Film Festival Award 1987. 

Lal Golap (1984)


Soumitra Chatterjee
Ranjit Mallick
Mahua Roy Chowdhury
Anup Kumar
Bikash Roy
Haradhan Bannerjee
Subrata Chatterjee
Sandhya Rani
Shakuntala Barua

Jahar Biswas

Story of the film

A man comes to Kolkata to pursue his college education and works part-time as a garage mechanic. One day, he comes across an arrogant, rich girl and eventually falls in love with her.

Mahua Roychowdhury was in the female lead role and portrayed perfectly the character of daughter of a rich man.

Kenaram Becharam (1986)

Kenaram Becharam is a 1986 Indian Bengali comedy film released on 1986. Manoj Mitra played the lead role in this film. Mahua's role was comparatively small but she proved her quality again. What a natural acting from Mahua! Tapas Paul was Mahua's husband in this film who is very innocent. Mahua was a poor pottery man's wife with full of sense of humors and life. She used to banter her husband and the scenes were so natural. Mahua's acting in serious situations as well as in lighter moments are unforgettable.


Mahua Raychowdhury as Kesto's wife
Tapas Pal as Kesto
Robi Ghosh as Nagen Panja
Tarun Kumar as  Nera Talukdar
Nirmal Kumar
Chhaya Debi
Sumitra Mukhopadhyay as Deepa
Manoj Mitra Becharam and Kenaram

The film is directed by Arabinda Mukhopadhyay and Music Director: Shyamal Mitra.

Manoj Mitra plays the role of Kenaram and Becharam (double role). Becharam is an old man and no body cares about him much. One day surprising every body he went out from his house. Becharam tried to commit suicide, but was saved by a road side man called Nagen Panja. Nagen's profession was to supply witness in court in return of money. He found in the news paper that an advertisement was given about Becharam that anyone who will find him out he will get Rs.1000 and therefore he started searching for him. In the mean time Becharam meets with a newly married couple (Mahua and Tapas) who took him home. Kesto is a poor man and was engaged in potery job. Kesto's wife from the beginning addressed Becharam as her father and took care of him. 

On the other hand Becharam's daughter came from Allahabad. The married couple took care of Becharam and he was a bit happy. On the other hand his daughter started quarelling with Deepa about her father and also about the ornaments. Nagen Panja found a man- a vagaband (Kenaram) who was same in looks of Becharam Chaterjee. Nagen insisted this person to go to Kolkata as Becharam Chaterjee and he agreed. In the mean Becharam is happily staying with Kesto and his wife and helping them in their household work and business. When the duplicate Becharam came to Kolkata he was very much praised and taken care but 5000 Rs. was not immediately handed over to Nagen Panja. Suddenly in an incident the duplicate Becharam was identified but forcefully stayed in the house by Nagen. 

By the time a village rich was looking Kesto's wife with bad intentions. Becharam protested and  the village rich man threatened Kesto to return his money which was borrowed by Kesto to make his house. The rich man gave another option - otherwise to make Becharam out of his house. Becharam went away. Becharam came to his original house, every body was suprised to see him back. He took away his pass book and the locker keys of his bank with his wife's photo and went to Kesto's house again, he paid up all Kesto's dues and lived happily with them.

Anurager Chowa (1986)

A romantic comedy movie of Mahua - Tapas Paul pair. Mahua was excellent in romantic scenes. It is beleived that after Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen pair, Mahua - Tapas pair was most successful. 


Story of the film

Mahua and Tapas Paul are in love and ready to get married. Suddenly Tapas Paul is diagnosed with brain tumor and his condition starts deteriorating. Engagement of Tapas and Mahua was completed but Tapas tries to separate himself from Mahua. Both the families decide to cancel the marriage. The news of his disease is kept secret, only Tapas's friend, played by Anup Kumar knows it.
Finally everything get sorted. Tapas is cured and happy ending with marriage. 

 Abhimaan (1986)

Director – Sujit Guha Story - Anjan Choudhury Music Director – Ajoy Das Release - 1986 Cast – Ranjit Mallick, Mahua Raychowdhury, Sukhen Das, Satya Banerjee, Rabi Ghosh, Sandhya Rani, Kajal Gupta, Amitabha Mukherjee, Parimal Bose, Bhairab Dey, Lata Maity, Keshto Mitra, Mihir Pal, Hasi Majumdar, Samir Chakraborty, Alok Bhattacharya, Subrata Chakrabarti, Prabir Ganguly, Krishnagopal Banerjee, Bishu Chatterjee, Meena Ghosh, Nandita Mukherjee, Master Pawan Kumar, Master Rajesh Kumar, Master Sandip Kumar

Story of the film

The movie revolves around a girl, named Minati, a very straight forward person due to circumstances, becomes a dancer. Due to ill fate she has to dance with the risk of her life for the treatment of her husband as he undergoes a serious accident. But the husband wrongly accused his wife. She forgives him and starts performing on stage to earn money to cure his illness.
Finally the husband realised his faults.

Mahua is Minati in this film and made the film success alone.

Few words about the story of the film

Story of the film has lots of common with Mahua's life. Mahua worked hard from her tender age to support her family financially and after marriage also her hard and dedicated work helped her family to run smoothly. In her real life she was always suspected for being success and fair looking like 'Minati' in the film Abhimaan. Even few dialogues in the film Abhimaan are interesting. At one one stage of the film Bishu Da (Sukhen Das) of the film 'Abhimaan' says ' The girl is earning money through stage shows (dance) from the age of 16 and after marriage she is earning money for the treatment of her husband' but getting ill-treatments, no sympathy'. Is it just coincidence? Script writer of the film was Anjan Chowdhury and he used to stay just above Mahua's flat at Behala. Burn case of Mahua happened at her Behala's flat. 
In many scenes, it appeared that Mahua is not acting - just reality is coming out from the actress.  

Ashirbad (1987)

Last Shot of Mahua - the dialogue was 'Aami Bhalo Nei Ashish'

Another Mahua - Tapas Paul hit film. Mahua is gorgeous in this film. Romantic song sequences become memorable due to excellent performance of Mahua Roychowdhury. This film will be remembered by Bengali film audiences as Mahua's last shot is in this film where she is seen in conversation with Tapas Paul over phone and last dialogue is 'Aami Bhalo Nei Ashish'.

The Bengali Film Ashirbad was released in the year 1986, Directed by Biresh Chatterjee, starring Tapas Paul, Mahua Raychowdhury, Anil Chatterjee, Dilip Roy, Anup Kumar, Shubhendu Chattopadhyay, Soumitra Banerjee & Others.

Story of the film

Brijlal Dutta, a shrewd business man plots to kill his friend and partner, Baidyanath Mukherjee and his 3 year old son, but Baidyanath manages to save his son by throwing him in the bushes before his car fell off the cliff. His son, Ashish is later brought up by a doctor and he falls in love with Dutta's daughter. The story is about how their love story develops after Ashish learns the truth.

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