The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The Filmmaker Everyone Loves

Jai Arjun Singh

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The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The Filmmaker Everyone Loves

The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee The Filmmaker Everyone Loves One of India s best loved film directors Hrishikesh Mukherjee is perhaps best known today for his perennially popular creations like Anand Chupke Chupke and Gol Maal But Hrishi da s best work was pr

  • Title: The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The Filmmaker Everyone Loves
  • Author: Jai Arjun Singh
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  • Page: 273
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  • One of India s best loved film directors, Hrishikesh Mukherjee is perhaps best known today for his perennially popular creations like Anand, Chupke Chupke and Gol Maal But Hrishi da s best work was provocative, wide ranging and always aware of the complexities of people and their relationships, even when the setting was a simple, middle class household Often combining brOne of India s best loved film directors, Hrishikesh Mukherjee is perhaps best known today for his perennially popular creations like Anand, Chupke Chupke and Gol Maal But Hrishi da s best work was provocative, wide ranging and always aware of the complexities of people and their relationships, even when the setting was a simple, middle class household Often combining breezy narratives with serious ideas, his films created a distinct world with recurring themes such as the relationship between fantasy and life, an individual s journey towards becoming responsible in a flawed world, performance naatak baazi as a revelation of character, and gender relations in a conservative society Jai Arjun Singh looks closely at Hrishikesh Mukherjee s oeuvre, from well known films like Satyakam, Guddi, Abhimaan and Khubsoorat to lesser known but equally notable works such as Mem Didi, Biwi aur Makaan and Anuradha Combining a fan s passion with a critic s rigour, The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee is a book for anyone who takes their filmed entertainment seriouslyTHOR BIOJai Arjun Singh has previously authored a book about the cult comedy film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and edited The Popcorn Essayists, an anthology of personal essays on cinema His columns, reviews and essays have appeared in Business Standard, The Hindu, Yahoo India, Tehelka, Caravan, Sunday Guardian, Forbes, Open and Indian Quarterly, among many other publications Most of his published writings can be found on his widely read culture blog Jabberwock jaiarjun.

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    One thought on “The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The Filmmaker Everyone Loves

    1. Madhulika Liddle on said:

      Jai Arjun Singh's ‘The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’ comes with a singularly apt subtitle: ‘The Filmmaker Everyone Loves’. That phrase, or so it emerges from Jai’s analysis of the man and his films (more his films as a reflection of the man), could well be turned on its head and still applied fairly accurately: the filmmaker who loved everyone.Not completely accurate, of course (it’s still a generalization), but as anybody who is familiar with Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s oeuvre can tel [...]

    2. Vikas Datta on said:

      A rewarding excursion through the varied works of this filmmaker who was in a class by himself when it came to creating meaningful and enduring works, collated in a meticulously-researched and cogently argued manner by the author and enlivened by his ready wit.

    3. Arvind on said:

      This was a good cozy read for today as i had fever. The book is not a biography and mostly deals with his cinema. But, ironically a book that extols d virtues of Hrishi-da as an editor, could have been better edited. While d first half went past breezily, it started seeming repetitive later.

    4. Balachander on said:

      When I started reading this I was a bit surprised to find that I had seen more Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies than I had thought (12 in case you're interested in the number). Some of these are among my favorite movies (and not only favorite comedies) of all time (Golmaal, Chupke Chupke for example) , some of the serious ones I found very interesting even when younger (Namak Haram, Abhimaan for example) and some I liked even though I realized they were flawed in many ways ( Anand). Despite my relati [...]

    5. Diptakirti Chaudhuri on said:

      An exceptional addition to Indian film literature, this book is a thoughtful and engaging delving into the cinema of 'the filmmaker everyone loves'.It is not a conventional biography but an in-depth look at the many themes that are common to most of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films. Jai Arjun Singh shows us why he is one of the best writers on cinema we have by deftly mixing an expert's head with a fan's heart. And the end result is like exactly like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's best films - engaging enou [...]

    6. Sambasivan on said:

      A complete fan's labour of love and tribute to the great director. Dissects many of the movies scene by scene and brings out the nuances with intimate detailing. The director's penchant for economy, editing and underplayed storytelling without any flashy sequence shines through the pages. Excellent introduction to the genre of movies that Hrishi-da is famous for.

    7. Sukhamaya Swain on said:

      It has a good assimilation of many events / anecdotes related to the enigma called Hrishida. In fact a huge amount of research has been conducted by the author but I somehow disliked the substantial amount of qualitative analysis that the author has placed in. I am sure it could have been better.The four rating is primarily because of the first two statements.

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