Hrishikesh Mukherjee was born on 30 September 1922 in Kolkata, making a distinguished contribution to Indian cinema and shaking social issues through his films. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films used to say deep things in laughter and it was these filmmakers who gave a new dimension to comedy. On his film journey, the director of films like ‘Anand’, ‘Anuradha’, ‘Golmaal’, ‘Bawarchi’, ‘Guddi’, ‘Chupke-Chupke’, ‘Anari’, paying tribute to him on his birth anniversary. Let’s look.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee used to teach before entering the film industry. The talent of Rishi Da, who taught maths and science, was recognized by the famous director Bimal Rai. It is said that he started work as an assistant director in Bimal Rai’s classic film ‘Do Bigha Zamin’. Rishikesh, who had worked with Bimal Rai for about 6 years, made his directorial debut in 1957 with the film ‘Musafir’. Even though the film did not work, but Rishi Da played the sting of his ability. Raj Kapoor was so impressed that he made his next film ‘Anari’ with him. Raj Kapoor’s performance and Hrishikesh’s strict direction gave the film a tremendous success.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee started his career as a cameraman in New Theatre.
The specialty of Hrishikesh Mukherjee was that even through his comedy films, he used to give a positive message to the society. Making the audience laugh and make them aware of the bitter truth of life. Rishi Da made off-beat films like ‘Anuradha’, ‘Anupama’, ‘Aashirvaad’ and ‘Sathyakam’. Rishi Da, who has always experimented in his film life, used to present the nuances of human relationships very well on the silver screen. Rishikesh not only made films but also made TV serials. He had made great serials like ‘Talaash’, ‘Rishtey’, ‘Hum Hindustani’, ‘Dhoop-Chhaon’ and ‘Ujale Ki Ore’.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee gave a new color to comedy films.
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The direction of Hrishikesh Mukherjee was amazing that made many actors like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amol Palekar, Jaya Bhaduri superstars. He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000. He also received the National Film Award for Best Film 6 times in 1961, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1981. Apart from this, he also received film awards several times for Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.
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