Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hrishikesh Mukherjee - The Director's Limelight Series

Hrishikesh Mukherjee was a cinematic craftsman known for pioneering a middle-path between the melodrama and extravagance of mainstream cinema, on the one hand, and, on the other, the shrieking realism of art cinema. He was the most successful practitioner of the product of this variously called middle cinema or parallel cinema in the Bollywood. 

His string of hits with Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan made him one of the golden directors. In his active years he made numerous films. Some of his most notable films include: Anuradha (1960), Asli-Naqli (1962), Anand (1971), Chemmeen, Anupama (1966), Aashirwad (1968), Satyakam (1969), Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972), "Namak Haraam" (1973), Mili (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975), Khubsoorat (1980) and Bemisal (1982). He was the first to introduce Dharmendra in comedy roles, through Chupke Chupke, and gave Amitabh Bachchan his big break with Anand in 1970, along with Rajesh Khanna, he also introduced Jaya Bhaduri to Hindi cinema in his film Guddi.

ANARI Bawarchi movie posterChupke Chupke movie poster

He was one of the few people who have won Filmfare in 4 individual categories (editing, screenplay, story, direction). His last directorial tribute to indian cinema was Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate (1998). He died on 27 August 2006. He also remained the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC),. The Government of India honoured him with theDada Saheb Phalke Award in 1999 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He received the NTR National Award in 2001.

Salute for his contribution to Indian Cinema.

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