Veteran film-maker Hrishikesh Mukherjee was admitted at
Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai today. He had been in poor health for
quite a while now and has reportedly become critical. He has been
put on ventilator and is under observation. Last week, we spoke to
his daughter Neelu who said that his health was bad since long and
that he was on dialysis, four times a week.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the legend of the Indian cinema, began his
career as an editor and assistant director to Bimal Roy way back in
1951. His first directorial venture was Musafir in 1957.
In 1959, Raj Kapoor recommended Mukherjee to be the director of
Anari which starred Raj himself and Nutan. The movie
turned out to be very successful, both critically and commercially.
He then went on to make many classics like Anand (1970), a
complex emotional story of a terminally ill man, starring Rajesh
Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. He had a series of hits with Amitabh
Bachchan which included movies like Abhimaan and Namak
Haram. Jaya Bachchan's biggest hits like Guddi and
Mili were also with Hrishida. Besides, these
intense films, he made comedies which include the classic
Chupke Chupke (1975) starring Dharmendra, Om Prakash and
Amitabh Bachchan. His favourite hero was Amol Palekar with whom he
made a series of comedy films which includes the famous
His last film was Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate (1998)
starring Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Amrish Puri. In his career he
has also directed TV serials like Talaash and Hum Hindustani.