Hrishikesh Mukherjee

27 Aug 2019  Tue

Hrishikesh Mukherjee, popularly known as Hrishi Da was one of India’s beloved filmmaker of Bollywood industry. He spanned more than four decades in Indian cinema and gave numerous films such as Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Anand, Gol Maal, and Namak Haram.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee was born on 30th September 1922 to Bengali family. He completed his graduation from the University of Calcutta. He began his career in 1951, at Bombay, as an editor and assistant to renowned filmmaker Bimal Roy.

An enthusiastic student of the craft of film-making, Mukherjee explored several innovative narrative techniques. His debut directorial venture, Musafir (1957), was not a success, but he persisted and received acclaim for his second film Anari in 1959. This film brought well-deserved recognition for Mukherjee.

Mukherjee is named the pioneer of the ‘middle cinema’ of India. He also served the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

For his contributions to Indian cinema, Mukherjee was honored with the many prestigious awards and honor including Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1999), Padma Vibhushan (2001), and NTR National Award. Mukherjee died on August 27, 2006. India Postal Department has issued 500 Paise (5Rupee) commemorative postage stamp in 2013.

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