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Hrishikesh Mukherjee passes away
28th Aug 2006 09.00 IST
Veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee , who directed several memorable movies including Anand that launched Amitabh Bachchan on the path to superstardom, died at a hospital in Mumbai following protracted illness. He was 84.
Mukherjee was admitted to the Leelavati hospital in June in critical condition following chronic renal failure, pneumonia and spesis, hospital sources said, He had been coming to the hospital regularly for dialysis. The end came at 1630 hours on Sunday.
Mukherjee's funeral is likely to be held on Monday or Tuesday on return of his son from the United States.
Mukherjee directed many a blockbuster Hindi movie, regaling the audience with his typical `Hrishida' touch. He won the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke award and Padmavibhushan.
Some of his memorable films include "Anand", starring Rajesh Khanna and Bachchan among others, ‘Abhimaan’, featuring Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan , ‘Chupke Chupke’ with Bachchan, Jaya and Dharmendra in the cast and ‘Khubsoorat’ starring Rekha .
Having done apprenticeship under legendary Bimal Roy, Mukherjee started his career with "Musafir" in 1957 and his last work was ‘Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate’ starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla , released in 1998.
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