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15 Films You Can’t Miss From Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Hrishikesh Mukherjee (mostly known as Hrishi-Da; out of respect) was one of the finest directors of Bollywood. Hrishi-Da was known for quality oriented films which highlight real life subjects. Backed with fabulous dialogues and melodious music, Hrishikesh Muherjee’s films had an amazing connect with the audience of all ages. For those who have seen Bimal Roy’s cinematic work can easily understand why Hrishi-Da’s work was close to his, that’s because Hrishikesh Mukherjee started his career as editor and assistant director with Bimal Roy.

The essence of Hrishi-Da’s films used to lie in simplicity and effective communication which encompassed entertainment, message and culture all at the same time. Although each one of his films are worth watching and keeping in library but following are 15 must watch films from Hrishikesh Mukherjee:

  1. Anari

One of the initial takes on how difficult it is for a person to stay honest in the society and face the consequences, Anari tells an amazing story. Raj Kapoor played the title role and the film is brilliantly directed by Hrishi-Da.

  1. Asli Naqli

One of Dev Anand’s finest performances with Nutan; Asli Naqli highlights simplicity and love are two essentials to live a contented life.

  1. Satyakaam

Satyakaam is one of my favorites because the film has amazing dialogues and brilliant performances. Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra performed radiantly in this film. The narrative of the film is clap-worthy and the contrast between a good and truthful person with the corrupt society is astoundingly filmed.

  1. Guddi

One of the first associations of Jaya Bahaduri with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Guddi, tells the story of a young girl who is inspired by the lifestyle of actors – mainly Bollywood-struck. How her fiancé tries to fulfill her wishes and let her meet her heartthrob “Dharmendra” – again this film has a message like every other Hrishi-Da’s film; i.e. the life of “Camera, Lights and Action” (Showbiz) is very different from that of a simple person.

  1. Anand

“Lymphocercoma of intestine” – the killer disease through which Anand (Rajesh Khanna) suffers takes him to another city where he meets rigid and very serious Dr. Bhaskar Bannerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Anand is a tale of optimism, happiness, friendship and what should be the code of life. There are 2 to 3 brief scenes between Rajesh Khanna and Johnny Walker where Hrishi-Da explains the vibes we transmit to people and that’s just one example of brilliant script, acting and the way it is filmed.

  1. Bawarchi

The crux of Bawarchi lies in one of its dialogues i.e.

“How simple it is to be difficult and how difficult it is to be simple”

This film, by every mean, is a classic. Besides Rajesh Khanna, there was Harindranath Chattopadhyay who brilliantly performed in this film. Watch it to get connected with simplicity, smile and variations in characters besides moral values one should treasure.

  1. Abhimaan

A cold-war of ego between a husband and wife based on professionalism. Abhimaan is one of impeccable scripts which is redesigned and filmed again and again with alteration in Bollywood and Pakistan as well. Abhimaan was a master-stroke long before the drawing room discussions on “Women Empowerment”.

  1. Namak Haram

The film which made Amitabh Bachchan stand in front of Kaka (Rakesh Khanna) as a star must have something amazing, No? Namak Haram, shares a tale of two best friends who didn’t know what fate has in store for them.

  1. Chupke Chupke

Imagine two hard-core action heroes working in an out and out family comical entertainer! Sounds quite risky, right? But even today Dharmendra-Amitabh Jodi is remembered for Chupke Chupke, after Sholay. Every scene of the film was brilliant and witty. Om Prakash was on another level in this film. Chupke Chupke is a must must watch.

  1. Mili

Love blossoms, unknowingly, between a depressed man and a full of life bubbly younger girl and they get married happily. Soon the girl is diagnosed with cancer, what happens next is what makes Mili an extraordinary film.

  1. Golmaal

This film simply needs no introduction. One of the best associations between Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt. Golmaal is brilliant in all aspects.

  1. Khubsoorat

Again a family entertainer by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Rekha was the star who could perform amazingly as well and Khubsoorat took her career to the next level.

  1. Naram Garam

What happens when an employer falls in love with a much younger girl and his employee tries to do everything smartly to not let that happen? Naram Garam is a comedy of errors and one of its kind. Shatrugan Sinha, Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar outdid themselves and went outside of their comfort zones to make their characters impactful.

  1. Bemisaal

One of Amitabh’s dependable performances where he wasn’t the “Angry young man”, backed with hard-hitting dialogues and to certain extent bold script, Bemisaal offers great story and performances.

  1. Jhoot Bole Kawwa Kaate

This was the last film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee for the new age audience but even then the film has elements of simplicity, happy-go-lucky and moral values, like all Hrishi-Da’s films.