'70s - the Golden era of Hrishida
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'70s - the Golden era of Hrishida

Hrishida poked gentle fun at the middle-class society's outworn values, its failings and foibles, and making his audience think.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 03:17 IST

The 1970s saw Hrishida do some of his best work with Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972), Abhimaan (1973), Namak Haram (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975), Golmaal (1979) and Khubsoorat (1980).

These films show that Hrishida understood middle-class mentality as very few others do. He poked gentle fun at its outworn values, its failings and foibles, and prodded his audience to think.

However, the 1980s with the rise of Amitabh Bachchan and larger than life films saw Hrishida's brand of filmmaking die out. Recently, he tried a comeback with Jhooth Bhole Kawa Kaate (1999) trying to capture the magic of his films of the 1970s but the film was both a critical and commercial failure.

Hrishida has also served a stint as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and of the National Film Development Corporation. In 2000, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and on January 26, 2001, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema.

First Published: Aug 27, 2006 19:36 IST