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Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Sep 30, 1922 - Aug 27, 2006

 Hrishikesh Mukherjee


  • Name : Hrishikesh Mukherjee
  • Date of Birth : Sep 30, 1922
  • Passed Away On : Aug 27, 2006
  • Religion : Hindu
  • Death Place : Mumbai
  • Address : Kolkata
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Life Summary

    NAME: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
    DATE OF BIRTH: 30 September 1922
    PASSED AWAY ON: 27 August 2006
    PLACE OF BIRTH: Kolkata
    DEATH PLACE: Mumbai
    OCCUPATION: Film Director

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee was a famous Bollywood Film director who had many hits to his credit.


    Hrishikesh Mukherjee was born in a Bengali Brahmin family in the city of Calcutta now Kolkata.

    His Education
    He graduated in chemistry from the University of Calcutta. He also taught Mathematics and Science for some time in his early career.

    His Family
    Hrishikesh Mukherjee had three daughters and two sons. His wife died much earlier than him. He was an animal lover and had many pets. During his last days he lived with his pets and servants.

    His Film Career
    Initially Mukherjee worked as a cameraman and then as a film editor in New Theatre’s of B.N. Sircar in Calcutta in the late 1940s.
    Later on in Mumbai, he worked as a film editor and assistant director for Bimal Roy from the year 1951. It was during this period that he was associated with the mega blockbuster movies of yester era; Devdas and Do Bhigha Zamin.

    His debut movie as a director was Musafir (1957), which did not perform well on the box office. However, he continued his efforts as a director and his second movie Anari (1959) was a super hit. The movie won various Filmfare Awards.

    His other notable works include the following:
    •Anuradha (1960), 
    •Asli-Naqli (1962),
    •Anand (1971),
    •Anupama (1966), 
    •Aashirwad (1968), 
    •Satyakam (1969), 
    •Guddi (1971) where he introduced Jaya Bhaduri to Hindi Cinema as this was her debut movie as an actress
    •Bawarchi (1972), 
    •Abhimaan (1973),
    •Namak Haraam (1973), 
    •Mili (1975), 
    •Chupke Chupke (1975), 
    •Gol Maal (1979), 
    •Khubsoorat (1980) and 
    •Bemisal (1982)
    •Chupke Chupke where he for the first time introduced Dharmendra in comedy roles, 
    •Anand (1970) where he gave Amitabh Bachchan his big break along with Rajesh Khanna

    The other positions he held:
    He also served as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee was suffered from acute renal failure and therefore he often visited Lilavati Hospital for dialysis. He was admitted to Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai on 6th June 2006 after he complained of uneasiness. His condition worsened day by day and he died on 27 August 2006.

    •2001: Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India
    •2001: NTR National Award 

    Berlin International Film Festival
    •1961: Golden Bear: Nomination: Anuradha 

    Filmfare Awards
    •1956: Fimfare Best Editing Award: Naukari
    •1959: Filmfare Best Editing Award: Madhumati 
    •1970: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award: Anokhi Raat 
    •1972: Filmfare Best Movie Award: Anand shared with N. C. Sippy
    •1972: Filmfare Best Editing Award: Anand 
    •1972: Filmfare Best Story Award: Anand 
    •1981: Fimfare Best Movie Award: Khubsoorat shared with N. C. Sippy
    •1994: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award-South (1994) 

    National Film Awards
    •1957: Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film in Hindi– Musafir
    •1959: President’s Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Hindi– Anari
    •1960: President’s Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film– Anuradha
    •1999: Dadasaheb Phalke Award 


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