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Fondly remembered - Celebrity 2006

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Hrishikesh Mukerjee (September 30, 1922 -August 27, 2006)

Film Profile - Director

Hrishikesh Mukerjee was one of the most talented story tellers in Indian Cinema. He was long suffering from illness and was admitted in Leelavati Hospital in critical condition due to chronic renal failure and pneumonia. He passed away at the age of 84.

Born on September 30, 1922, in Kolkata, Hrishida, as he was popularly known, began his career as an assistant director and also editor to Bimal Roy for Do Bigha Zameen (1953). Mukherjee's first directorial venture though was Musafir (1957), which was an episodic film with three parallel stories. Although the film didn't do well, Raj Kapoor was so impressed with Hrishida's work that he recommended him to be the director for Anari (1959) starring Raj Kapoor himself and Nutan. The film was an emotional drama with a realistic view of the life of lower middle class in India. Hrishida retained the neo-realistic style of filmmaking from his mentor, Bimal Roy, which could be seen in this film.

Anand (1970) was a major breakthrough in the Indian cinema. It is a story about a man (Rajesh Khanna) who is suffering from a terminal disease and in his last few days makes people around him realize how precious life is. Some of his best creations include films like Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972), Mili (1975), Abhimaan (1973) and Namak Haram (1973). He also did a series of comedy films like Golmaal (1979), Khoobsurat (1980) and Naram Garam (1981) and Chupke Chupke (1975).

Mukerjee also served as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and of the National Film Development Corporation

Last work: His last directorial work was Jhoot Bole Kauwa Kate (1998), which was again a comedy starring Anil Kapoor , Juhi Chawla, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher and Reema Lagoo.


N.N Sippy (1931 - November 7, 2006)

Film Profile - Producer

Veteran Bollywood producer N N Sippy died of heart ailment at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital at the age of 75.

He produced several Bollywood hits like Fakira(1976), Meri Jung(1985), Chor Machaye Shor(1974) and Silsila Hai Pyaar Ka (1999). He also gave a break to Subhash Ghai as director with Kalicharan (1976). Sippy was also responsible for introducing Jaya Prada to Bollywood with the film Sargam (1979) opposite Rishi Kapoor. Before starting his career as a producer, Sippy worked for 10 years in various areas relating to films like film finance and film distribution.


Rajkumar (April 24, 1928 - April 12, 2006)

Film Profile - Actor

Veteran Kannada actor Rajkumar died here, after a heart attack at the age 77. Though not a Bollywood star, he was one of the legendary actors in India.

He was born on April 24, 1929, in Gajanur on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. Born as S.P. Muthuraj, he became Rajkumar with his first film Bedara Kannappa (1954). After this, he went on to climb the ladder of success. He went on to become the legendary actor. He acted in more than 220 films. Rajkumar was also a recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

In 2000, Rajkumar was kidnapped by Veerappan and was abducted for 109 days. This had created a very tensed situation in south India.

Last Seen: He was last seen in the film Shabdavedi (2000)


Vikram Dharma (1961 - June 28, 2006)

Film Profile - Stunt Coordinator

Popular stunt coordinator Vikram Dharma suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away at the age of 50.

Vikram Dharma had worked in more than 300 films He started his career as a stunt man in Tamil filmdom and rose to become a stunt master. His work in the Kamal Haasan-starrer Vikram won him appreciation and he came to be known as Vikram Dharma after the movie. He also worked on stunt sequences in over 200 films in various languages, including movies starring Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan among others.

He also choreographed stunts for some famous Bollywood films like Hey Ram (2000), Yuva(2004), Fight Club (2006), Zamaanat (2006) and his last is going to be Mani Ratnam's Guru which is to release early next year.

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