Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hrishikesh Mukherjee adieu.

We were just talking about Hrishikesh Mukherjee today, because we had all watched "Golmaal" yesterday, and laughed our hearts out. Remembering "Tujhko maaf nahi, saaf kar doonga", or "Tum police officer nahi, foolish officer hai", or those beautifully subtle humorous moments that poke at the hindi film industry, and gently nudges the middle class culture into a mainstream movie subject. He was one of my favorite movie directors, one of whom I always turn to when I am down, or just need a laugh tinged with nostalgia. The gentleness and "non-over-the-top" tone in his movies were such a breath of fresh air in the melodrama laden atmosphere of Bollywood.

And today I read on Uma's blog that he is no more. And I can only reiterate her words, thank you, and thank god for each of those movies that kept me sane through those first 3 months of grad school.

Rediff has a nice article on him here.


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Joy Forever said...

Golmaal is one of my all time favourite movies in any language. Many of my friends share my opinion. We have memorised many of the dialogues of that movie, and like to quote them at appropriate occasions.
Now that Hrishikesh Mukherjee is no more, the question we should ask is: Is there somebody who can take his place?

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At 11:50 PM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

as far as i see there is no one who can take his place, that innocence seems gone somehow :) golmaal is one of my favorites too, this was the fifth time i watched it! and that song, aaahhh, felt good to hear it all over again, thanks!

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Anyesha said...

Its interesting to note how the idiom of clean, simple yet intelligent humour is so difficult to grasp for most directors. Thank God for movies like Golmaal, Chupke Chupke and Guddi.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger GREATBONG said...

Off-topic. Have taken up the meme you tagged me with. Done !

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

anyesha: either the directors are not intelligent themselves or they think that their audience cannot handle all that wit, and the films won't make money. either way, a terrible loss. what wouldn't i give to see a sucessor as joy points out.

arnab, thanks! i know it caused you such pain :)


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