Hrishikesh Mukherjee

1922 - 2006

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Hrishikesh Mukherjee (30 September 1922 – 27 August 2006) was an Indian film director, editor and writer regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of Indian cinema, known for a number of films, including Anari, Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Anand, Abhimaan, Guddi, Gol Maal, Majhli Didi, Chaitali, Aashirwad, Bawarchi, Khubsoorat, Kissi Se Na Kehna, and 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). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hrishikesh Mukherjee has received more than 988,882 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Hrishikesh Mukherjee is the 1,374th most popular film director (down from 1,121st in 2019), the 754th most popular biography from India (down from 557th in 2019) and the 24th most popular Indian Film Director.

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Among film directors, Hrishikesh Mukherjee ranks 1,374 out of 1,580Before him are Richard Kelly, Nimród Antal, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Stéphane Brizé, Greg Berlanti, and Gary Rydstrom. After him are Stephen Gaghan, Rory Kennedy, Jeff Nathanson, Oliver Parker, Joe Carnahan, and Joseph Cedar.

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Among people born in 1922, Hrishikesh Mukherjee ranks 343Before him are Ivor Broadis, Joan Caulfield, Herb McKenley, Audrey Meadows, Bert I. Gordon, and Gil Merrick. After him are Helen Gurley Brown, Syd Owen, Eugenie Clark, Bill Macy, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Lamont Johnson. Among people deceased in 2006, Hrishikesh Mukherjee ranks 304Before him are Martin David Kruskal, Brian Labone, Edward Albert, Jack Wild, Naushad, and J Dilla. After him are Irving Kaplansky, Isaac Gálvez, Neroli Fairhall, John Spencer, Sandy West, and Raja Rao.

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Among people born in India, Hrishikesh Mukherjee ranks 754 out of 1,227Before him are Rohinton Mistry (1952), Parmanand Jha (1944), Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1932), Subhash Ghai (1945), MS Dhoni (1981), and Adolf Lu Hitler Marak (1958). After him are N. R. Narayana Murthy (1946), Anjali Devi (1927), Amol Palekar (1944), Norman Pritchard (1877), P. Chidambaram (1945), and Jyoti Amge (1993).


Among film directors born in India, Hrishikesh Mukherjee ranks 24Before him are Karan Johar (1972), Aparna Sen (1945), Deepa Mehta (1950), Tapan Sinha (1924), Mani Ratnam (1956), and Subhash Ghai (1945). After him are Sanjay Leela Bhansali (1963), Farah Khan (1965), Aditya Chopra (1971), David Dhawan (1955), Rajkumar Hirani (1962), and Kiran Rao (1973).