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Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Movies | Neha Bhatt/ ibnlive.com | August 28, 2006, 2:25 pm
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 Hrishi<i>da</i> proved in <i>Chupke Chupke</i> that to make a good comedy one doesn’t necessarily have to have seasoned ‘comedy’ actors. He skillfully extracted a masterful comic performance from Dharmendra at a time when the actor was not known for his comic timing. Whether it was the  rapport between Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore or Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan, each pair played the scenes to perfection.
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Hrishida proved in Chupke Chupke that to make a good comedy one doesn’t necessarily have to have seasoned ‘comedy’ actors. He skillfully extracted a masterful comic performance from Dharmendra at a time when the actor was not known for his comic timing. Whether it was the rapport between Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore or Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan, each pair played the scenes to perfection.

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 Filmmakers come and go but Hrishikesh Mukherjee will stay on. Long after his demise, his films will continue to make us smile, laugh or cry. What did his films contain that could not be matched by any other? His films had a magic that can never go out of style. They had emotions and situations that were not time-bound.
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Filmmakers come and go but Hrishikesh Mukherjee will stay on. Long after his demise, his films will continue to make us smile, laugh or cry. What did his films contain that could not be matched by any other? His films had a magic that can never go out of style. They had emotions and situations that were not time-bound.

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 Hrishi<i>da</i> etched characters that were not larger than life, they were you and me. They were simple plots with a deep, sometimes hidden meaning. His films reflected the smaller, finer details in our life that we often forget to pay heed to. In a career of over 50 films, Hrishikesh Mukherjee touched a chord that most didn’t know they had. Here we explore five of his films that put him in a category by himself.
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Hrishida etched characters that were not larger than life, they were you and me. They were simple plots with a deep, sometimes hidden meaning. His films reflected the smaller, finer details in our life that we often forget to pay heed to. In a career of over 50 films, Hrishikesh Mukherjee touched a chord that most didn’t know they had. Here we explore five of his films that put him in a category by himself.

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 Though Hrishi<i>da</i> could make you weep like a child, he also had the rare ability to have one rolling on the floor.  His comedy of errors, <I>Golmaal</I>,  was like no other simply because of the missing elements in the movie - it was not slapstick, vulgar or loud.  Something as small and seemingly inconsequential as a moustache gave rise to a complete laugh riot. The only other thing that matched Hrishi<i>da</i>’s direction was Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar’s acting.
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Though Hrishida could make you weep like a child, he also had the rare ability to have one rolling on the floor. His comedy of errors, Golmaal, was like no other simply because of the missing elements in the movie - it was not slapstick, vulgar or loud. Something as small and seemingly inconsequential as a moustache gave rise to a complete laugh riot. The only other thing that matched Hrishida’s direction was Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar’s acting.

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-749929" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/abhimaan1.jpg" alt="Though one could not help but hate Amitabh’s character for being the egoistic jerk in Abhimaan everyone saw a bit of themselves in him. However, it was the last scene in the film that reflected a jumble of emotions all at once, that left everyone enthralled. An ego that was beginning to melt, jealously that was fading away, sorrow that brought forth the love that had almost been lost-Hrishida put you right there, to feel every one of those emotions." /> Though one could not help but hate Amitabh’s character for being the egoistic jerk in Abhimaan everyone saw a bit of themselves in him. However, it was the last scene in the film that reflected a jumble of emotions all at once, that left everyone enthralled. An ego that was beginning to melt, jealously that was fading away, sorrow that brought forth the love that had almost been lost-Hrishida put you right there, to feel every one of those emotions.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_749929"]<img class="size-full wp-image-749929" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/abhimaan1.jpg" alt="Though one could not help but hate Amitabh’s character for being the egoistic jerk in Abhimaan everyone saw a bit of themselves in him. However, it was the last scene in the film that reflected a jumble of emotions all at once, that left everyone enthralled. An ego that was beginning to melt, jealously that was fading away, sorrow that brought forth the love that had almost been lost-Hrishida put you right there, to feel every one of those emotions." /> Though one could not help but hate Amitabh’s character for being the egoistic jerk in Abhimaan everyone saw a bit of themselves in him. However, it was the last scene in the film that reflected a jumble of emotions all at once, that left everyone enthralled. An ego that was beginning to melt, jealously that was fading away, sorrow that brought forth the love that had almost been lost-Hrishida put you right there, to feel every one of those emotions.[/caption]">
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[caption id="attachment_749929"]<img class="size-full wp-image-749929" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/abhimaan1.jpg" alt="Though one could not help but hate Amitabh’s character for being the egoistic jerk in Abhimaan everyone saw a bit of themselves in him. However, it was the last scene in the film that reflected a jumble of emotions all at once, that left everyone enthralled. An ego that was beginning to melt, jealously that was fading away, sorrow that brought forth the love that had almost been lost-Hrishida put you right there, to feel every one of those emotions." /> Though one could not help but hate Amitabh’s character for being the egoistic jerk in Abhimaan everyone saw a bit of themselves in him. However, it was the last scene in the film that reflected a jumble of emotions all at once, that left everyone enthralled. An ego that was beginning to melt, jealously that was fading away, sorrow that brought forth the love that had almost been lost-Hrishida put you right there, to feel every one of those emotions.[/caption]

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 Like most people great and small, Hrishida’s inspiration for some of his movies came from his own life. His masterpiece <I>Anand</I> was inspired by Raj Kapoor who often used to address Hrishi<i>da</i> as Babumoshai. <i>Anand</i> made the audience cry because the protagonist portrayed a kind of courage that most wish they could have. Hrishi<i>da</i>’s brilliance lay in how he changed the meaning of what death could mean to the person who was dying and to the people around him.
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Like most people great and small, Hrishida’s inspiration for some of his movies came from his own life. His masterpiece Anand was inspired by Raj Kapoor who often used to address Hrishida as Babumoshai. Anand made the audience cry because the protagonist portrayed a kind of courage that most wish they could have. Hrishida’s brilliance lay in how he changed the meaning of what death could mean to the person who was dying and to the people around him.

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 The role that Rajesh Khanna played in <i>Bawarchi</i>, the remake of a Bengali film, was what Hrishi<i>da</i> once admitted, very much like his own father. Down to earth and simple, this film changed the belief that only big people can change attitudes. With a mixture of humour and wryness, someone as seemingly insignificant as a cook, was able to change the outlook of a whole family to bring them together.
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The role that Rajesh Khanna played in Bawarchi, the remake of a Bengali film, was what Hrishida once admitted, very much like his own father. Down to earth and simple, this film changed the belief that only big people can change attitudes. With a mixture of humour and wryness, someone as seemingly insignificant as a cook, was able to change the outlook of a whole family to bring them together.

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