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Hrishikesh Mukherjee

“Life is so short. There is so little time, to love, to make friends. I find there is no point in making a film where you show that love is degenerating, or a friendship is breaking, I don't feel like making those films. My attitude towards life is what I want to share with people.”

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    TWO ACRES OF LAND

    Bimal Roy India, 1953

    A heart-wrenching survival story of a farming family, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin poetically upholds the virtue of living by ethics despite morally challenging circumstances. Evocative performances by the legends Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy make the struggles of the protagonists extremely palpable.

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    ANUPAMA

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee India, 1966

    Set in the backdrop of a fractured father-daughter relationship, Anupama is a sentimental tale about searching for acceptance. Poetic black & white images and refreshing performances by Sharmila Tagore and Dharmendra make this film stand out within Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s incredible body of work.

    MADHUMATI

    Bimal Roy India, 1958

    Written by the iconic Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, maestro Bimal Roy’s Madhumati is a fascinating and layered reincarnation drama. Dilip Gupta’s cinematography and Salil Chowdhury’s compositions accentuate the thrill and create a haunting effect that continues to linger long after.

    JOB

    Bimal Roy India, 1954

    A Bimal Roy gem from the 1950s with an enduring socially relevant theme, Naukri shines for its optimism in humanity that survives despite the grim circumstances. This film features a moving and understated performance by Kishore Kumar as a young man oscillating between hope and despair.

    NAIVE

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee India, 1959

    Anari offers a sharp, sarcastic comment on the materialistic world through the story of an idealistic, naïve simpleton who is too honest for the big, bad world. With the music by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Shailendra, the songs of this film remain popular to date.

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