In Memoriam

Hrishikesh Mukherjee passed away last night.
It’s weird but I’d never thought much about film makes. I mean, movies don’t get made by themselves but in India there is so much hype around the actors as such that most others involved in the movie tend to get overshadowed. Among those who made a mark and made it decisively was HM.
His movies also had the song and dance  routine but not the meaningless 1500 costume changes and inanity that has been in many Hindi movies over the years.
I’ve been watching his movies over and over again for so many years now and each time I’m left with a feeling of “Now that’s a good movie!” Golmaal , Chupke Chupke, Guddi, Kisise Na Kehna have all been favorites for years on end.
Last night the NDTV guys had a tele-interview with Rajesh Khanna and were asking him about his relationship with HM and it was generally expected that he give some decent soundbytes and like a jackass he turned the talk towards himself and how he entered into politics and mentioned HM only once or twice during the entire time.
I’m not saying people have to be tres erudite but you were called upon to share your feelings and thoughts about someone who is no more. Not about your transition from actor to failure-as-a -politician.
The tv channels will now start airing a lot of his movies during the next week or so and I intend to catch up with most of them.

Good, unpretentious cinema. They sure don’t make them like that anymore. That lineage of Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Basu Chatterjee is slowly vanishing.

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