Posted On August 19, 2015

Last week, in Part I of our series of inspirational stories on famous people who quit smoking, we told you about three Hollywood stars. This week take a look closer home, and see who we found won the battle against tobacco. It’s none other than your favorite ‘Bumba-da’ aka Prosenjit Chatterjee! Here’s his inspiring tale of grit and glory:

Prosenjit Chatterjee, 52

Prosenjit Chatterjee, a distinguished actor from Tollywood, Kolkata, with more than 300 Bengali films to his credit couldn’t do without several drags a day! In the industry for the last 30 years, popular among the masses as their favourite ‘Bumba-da’, Chatterjee worked with acclaimed filmmakers including Tarun Maumdar, Tapan Sinha, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Goutam Ghosh, Rituparno Ghosh and Srijit Mukherjee, to name a few. In 2009, the seasoned actor braved against the lethal puffs with sheer will force and has lived up to his promise till date. The superstar from Bengal, on turning 49 on the National Award-winning film, Baishey Srabon’s release date (September 30, 2011) said in an interview to The Times of India, “There was a time when I used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day. But when I realized that this was harming me, I quit. I feel better and quitting cigarettes has helped me maintain my skin too. However, in the film, I had to smoke cigars. I did it as a professional thing. Smoking a cigar during shooting never made me feel like having a fag otherwise." Besides will power, a disciplined life and a fitness regime helped our Tollywood’s Numero Uno star kick the butt, successfully.