He was an Indian film director.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 he carved a middle path between the extravagance of mainstream cinema and the stark realism of art cinema.Some of his work include Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Anand, Abhimaan, Guddi, Gol Maal, Aashirwad, Bawarchi, Kissi Se Na Kehna and Namak Haraam.
Top must watch Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies:
1) Anand (1971)
Anand, a cancer patient lives his life to the fullest. He fills everyone’s life with happiness, which inspires his doctor, Bhaskar, to write a book on Anand’s life.
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This film will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Brilliant performances by Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bacchan
2) Chupke Chupke (1975)
Sulekha is in awe of her brother-in-law Raghav for his intelligence and judgement. Hilarity ensues when her husband decides to take up a challenge to fool Raghav and goes to work for him as a driver.
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Considered to be one of the best comedy/drama movies of all time. Need more reasons?
3) Gol Maal (1979)
Ramprasad, a graduate, works for a company owned by Bhavani Shankar, a quirky man who equates a man’s moustache with his character. He also discourages his employees from pursuing any kind of hobby.