Retrospective of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films
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Retrospective of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films

The festival features a retrospective of Hrishkesh Mukherjee, the renowned editor, filmmaker and the narrative style of film making which he worked on.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2005 00:00 IST

The festival features a retrospective of Hrishkesh Mukherjee,the renowned editor, filmmaker and the narrative style of film making which he worked on. As part of this retrospective, 7 of his landmark films will be screened.

A sneak peek at his films which will be featured at the festival:

Anari (1959)

Cast: Raj Kapoor and Nutan, Lalita Pawar
Anari is Hrishikesh Mukherjee's debut film as a film director. The film was a huge box office hit and won five Filmfare Awards in 1959, including Best Actor for Raj Kapoor, Best Supporting actress for Lalita Pawar, and Best Music, Lyrics, and Song. It was also nominated for best film but lost out to Mukherjee's mentor, Bimal Roy's film Sujata.
Summary: Raj Kapoor,a painter, has a hand-to-mouth existence. Neither does he have money to pay the rent to his kind-hearted but foul-mouthed landlady, Mrs. D'sa, played to perfection byLalita Pawar. One day Raj finds a wallet containing money, and he returns it to the owner, Motilal. His honesty is rewarded and Motilal employs Raj in his office. Nutan, who is the maid at Motilal's residence, appears on the scene as Raj's love interest. But the budding romance looks set to be nipped in the bud when Raj finds out that Nutan is actually his employer's daughter. Casting aside all hopes of furthering his relationship with Nutan, Raj returns to look after his landlady, who is critically ill. One day, suddenly, Mrs D'sa passes away. The police conduct a post-mortem. which reveals that Mrs. D'sa was poisoned. Suspicion falls on Raj, who was nursing her. He isarrested and imprisoned.

Anuradha (1960)
Leela Naidu, Balraj Sahni
Summary: The film deals with a vivacious, talented woman played by the beautiful Leela Naidu, who becomes frustrated and lonely due to her husband, Balraj Sahni (an idealistic doctor working amidst the rural poor) neglecting her, immersed as he is in his work. In desperation, she decides to leave her husband and return to her paternal home where she can once again pick up her interest in dancing and singing. The film won the President's Medal and the National Award for best film.

Anupama (1966)
Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, Deven Verma, Shashikala, Durga Khote
Summary: The film tells the story of Sharmila Tagore, the only daughter of Tarun Bose. She is considered inauspicious as her mother died giving birth to her and her father holds her responsible for her mother's death. Deprived of love, the only healing touch is provided by the housemaid Durga Khote, who has raised Anupama.

Enter the upright and righteous writer, Dharmendra.Deven Verma, an England returned man to whom things just seem to happen, Shashikala, who prefers to be called Annie, and a melange of other characters. They all come face to face with Uma, with results which are transforming and unexpected for all.
Anand (1970) however was a masterpiece. It looked at a man dying of cancer who is determined to make every moment of his remaining life happy. It is a film with great compassion, a delicate balance between hope and fear, between life and death and is probably Rajesh Khanna's greatest ever performance.

First Published: Nov 23, 2005 19:38 IST