Born: 30 September 1922
Died: 27 August 2006
- He was an Indian film director, editor and writer regarded as one of the greatest filmmaker of all time , known for a number of films, including [Anari],Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Anand, Abhimaan, Guddi, Gol Maal, Majhli Didi, Chaitali, Aashirwad, Bawarchi, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Namak Haraam.
- Popularly known as Hrishi-da, he directed 42 films during his career spanning over four decades and is named the pioneer of the ‘middle cinema’ of India.
- Renowned for his social films that reflected the changing middle-class ethos, Mukherjee “carved a middle path between the extravagance of mainstream cinema and the stark realism of art cinema”.
- He also remained the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
- The Government of India honored him with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1999 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
- He received the NTR National Award in 2001 and he also won eight Filmfare Awards.
- His debut directorial venture, Musafir (1957), was not a success, but he persisted and received acclaim for his second film Anari in 1959.
- The film, crew, and cast won five Filmfare Awards, with Mukherjee only losing the Best Director Award to his mentor, Bimal Roy.
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