PM, Prez condole Hrishikesh's death
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PM, Prez condole Hrishikesh's death

President Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condole death of veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 03:28 IST

The Bollywood was tonight joined by President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in condoling the death of veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and described as a socially conscious artist who took filmmaking to "great heights" with a cinematic diction and view of life of his own.

"His films carried the Hrishida stamp and he was there in every frame", actor-turned filmmaker Amol Palekar said.

"I had the honour to work in his films and I can say that the experience was memorable", said Palekar.

Rajesh Khanna, who acted in Mukherjee's films like 'Anand and 'Bawarchi' said "Mukherjee will be with us forever. Every morning, I will remember him and the thoughts he gave me. Hrishida will continue to live in us for ever".

"Of the two oft-trodden paths of arts and commerce in filmdom, he adopted a middle path, that of humanity", he said.

Yash Chopra, one of most successful Bollywood directors, said Mukherjee made "films straight from his heart" and had his own cinematic language to make "simple and clean movies".

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said Mukherjee was to recognise and encourage talent. "For me his death was a great personal loss and the loss of a great teacher".

Actor-producer Anupam Kher said, "After watching Hrishida's films, one wondered that such clean and wholesome films were still being made in India. An era in Indian films has ended".

Playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has lent her voice in a number of films by Mukherjee, said his films represented the Indian culture.

Kalam said in Mukherjee's death the film industry has lost a popular filmmaker who was known for his simplicity and whose movies would move the audience emotionally.

Manmohan Singh said Mukherjee was a "humane and socially-conscious filmmaker.

Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said Mukherjee was known for his innovation and he took the standards in all areas related to film making to "great heights".
Leader of the Opposition LK Advani, a former film critic, said "every single film produced by Mukherjee -- from Guddi and Anand to Bawarchi and Golmaal -- has been a memorable film."

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said Mukherjee's "uncanny understanding of film and psychology is reflected in his immortal work which provided wholesome family entertainment."

The film industry personalities said Mukherjee left an indelible mark on Indian cinema with his style of direction and view of life.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 01:38 IST