Hrishikesh Mukherjee passes away

Veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee who made his own brand of films and gave a boost to many rising stars passed away on Sunday at Leelavati, a suburban Hospital. The 84 year old filmmaker was earlier hospitalized for chronic renal failure, pneumonia and sepsis and was said to be in a critical condition. Hrishida as he was fondly known in the film industry made a brand of films that made people cry as well as laugh. He was born on 30 September 1922 in Calcutta and his career in the film industry spanned almost five decades.
He first started of as an editor, then as an assistant director and finally went on to direct his first film Musafir in 1957. During his illustrious career as a director he had directed almost 50 films. Some of the hit films that he directed were Anand, Guddi, Golmaal, Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke and Khubsoorat. He tried to make a comeback with his film Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate in 1999. He gave a boost to the careers of several actors like Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri. Hrishida passed away at 4.30 pm IST on Sunday. The funeral rites are likely to be held on Monday as soon as his son returns from the US.

Hrishida was known for his simplistic films sans the glitz and glamour that is seen in today’s Hindi Cinema. He made socially relevant films, that could make people cry and even laugh out loud. Through his films Hrishida touched the middle class pathos and joys. His sense of style both in his films as well as his personal lifestyle reflected the simplistic approach.