Born on 25th December 1933, to a chemist father and housewife mother, Asim Chakraborty was the eldest among four siblings (two brothers and two sisters). He was a dutiful son and doted on his younger siblings. He and his siblings spent their childhood with their maternal grandparents in Kolkata as his father had a transferable job and his mother would accompany his father wherever he was posted.
He did his schooling at the Scottish Church School and completed his graduation in Science from Vidyasagar College at Calcutta. After completing his education he worked in several organizations before the acting bug bit him and he left his job to jump into full-time acting.
Along with three of his friends he started Chaturmukh Theatre Group. Chaturmukh enacted and staged many plays. Their main forte was translating the plays of Arthur Miller into Bengali and enacting them on stage. Asim Chakraborty adapted Miller’s Death of a Salesman as Janaiker Mrityu in Bengali in 1966. In the 1970’s Chaturmukh staged a play “Barbodhu” which created a lot of controversy in the theatrical circles and eventually was banned.
On 10th February, 1959 he married Madhumala Bhattashali, and they went on to have 4 children, a son and three daughters.
On 2nd January 1981, he died of cardiac arrest at a relatively young age of 47.