Veteran Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee hospitalized

Veteran Hindi filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee has been ill for quiet some time now. He has been bed-ridden with arthritis for around five to six years now. The veteran director has been suffering from several other complications like renal failure, lungs infection, and artery failure along with pneumonia. On Saturday the 84 year old director took a turn for the worse and had to be admitted to Leelavati hospital. Vaishali Rajpara, administrative officer of Leelavati said “He is in critical condition, but his blood pressure and heart rate are normal. But we have put him on a ventilator and he is in ICU currently.”
Mukherjee has been living a secluded life for the last five to six years due to his poor health, but he has been coming to hospital regularly for his dialysis treatment. Mukherjee has contributed a great deal of qualitative work to the Hindi film industry, especially during the 60’s and 70’s. Hrishikesh began his career as an editor and went on to become an assistant director for Bimal Roy in 1951. He made his first film Musafir in 1957 with Dilip Kumar; unfortunately it was a disaster at the box-office. He then went on to make Anari in 1959 with Raj Kapoor and Nutan which was a major hit.

Hrishikesh has been appreciated for his work several times. He won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and he also won the President’s medal for his film Anuradha. Hrishikesh Mukherjee has also given a major boost to several actors’ careers. He made Rajesh Khanna an instant hit when he cast him in Anand. He also gave Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri several hit films like Namak Haram, Abhimaan, Guddi and Mili. Some of his major hits were Golmaal with his favourite actor Amol Palekar, Chupke Chupke and Khubsoorat. He was also the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification. In 1999 the filmmaker tried to make a comeback with Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, but the film did not do too well at the box-office.

Veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh once remarked “I try to make my films like sugarcoated messages, but the sugar should not exceed the medicine.”