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Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Majhli Didi is a family drama driven by strong women

Based on legendary Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Mejdidi, the movie stars Meena Kumari and Lalita Pawar in a progressive take on adoption.
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Bawarchi — the Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic that humanised Bollywood’s first superstar

Rajesh Khanna, who delivered 17 hits in a row & had a fan following which included women who married his photos, was akin to a deity. Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Bawarchi made him more relatable.
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Gol Maal, with Amol Palekar & Utpal Dutt, was the perfect foil to the Angry Young Man

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Gol Maal is a crazy romp that turns the classic trope of twin-themed movies on its head, and features a delightful cameo by Amitabh Bachchan.
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Basu Chatterjee told simple, heartfelt stories that had no heroes, only people like us

Even as action & masala took over the '70s, Basu Chatterjee gave us extraordinary films about ordinary people with ordinary lives.
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Anuradha, or the musical genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar and Shailendra

Music is in every frame of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's film, and the soundtrack is the kind that stays in one's head for a long time.

Abhimaan, the timeless classic, had shades of Amitabh & Jaya Bachchan’s real lives

Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee is better known for his family-friendly comedies, but in Abhimaan, he dealt with feminism & a love story with many shades of grey.
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Middle-class cinema’s pioneer Hrishikesh Mukherjee was all about stories with heart

Mukherjee directed 42 films, headed Central Board of Film Certification and received the Padma Vibhushan in 2001 for his contributions to Indian cinema.
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Try watching ‘Satyakam’ in the age of post-truth, fake news and incorruptible leaders

Even five decades later, Satyakam is a reminder that moral beliefs, practised and not just spoken, come at incredible personal costs.

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