Hrishikesh Mukherjee was an Indian film director, editor and writer regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of Indian cinema, known for a number of films, including Anari, Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Anand, Abhimaan, Guddi, Gol Maal, Majhli Didi, Chaitali, Aashirwad, Bawarchi, Kissi Se Na Kehna, and Namak Haraam. Popularly known as Hrishi-da, he directed 42 films during his career spanning over four decades, and is named the pioneer of the ‘middle cinema’ of India. Renowned for his social films that reflected the changing middle-class ethos, Mukherjee “carved a middle path between the extravagance of mainstream cinema and the stark realism of art cinema”. He also remained the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and of the National Film Development Corporation. The Government of India honoured him with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1999 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He received the NTR National Award in 2001 and he also won eight Filmfare Awards.
|Born:||September 30, 1922, Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Kolkata, West Bengal, India)|
|Died:||August 27, 2006, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation:||Film director, screenwriter|
|IMDb:||Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s IMDb|
About Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Director of 42 films spanning four decades. He was known especially for socially conscious films like Anari, Anand, and Anokhi Raat.
He was previously a math and science teacher before becoming involved with the entertainment biz.
He received the Saheb Phalke Award and the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian government because of his contributions to the arts and Indian society.
His son died tragically in 2001 after suffering a brutal asthma attack.
He worked several times with actor Utpal Dutt on films such as 1981’s Naram Garam.
Information related to Hrishikesh Mukherjee
- Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipients
- Recipients of the Padma Vibhushan in arts
- Bengali film directors
- Kerala State Film Award winners
- Hindi-language film directors
- Recipients of the Padma Shri in arts
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