Born: September 30,1922
Biography: Hrishikesh Mukherjee (or Hrishi-da as he is fondly called) is a noted Indian film director. He started his film career by working as a film editor and assistant director. He was involved in the making of cult movies such as Devdas and Do Bigha Zamin. He made his debut as a director with the film Musafir in 1957. Although, his first movie was not much of a success, his second movie Anari (1959) fared well. His other noteworthy movies include Anuradha (1960), Asli-Naqli (1962), Anand (1971), Anupama (1966), Aashirwad (1968), Satyakam (1969), Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972), Namak Haraam (1973), Mili (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975), Khubsoorat (1980) and Bemisal (1982). The director’s last film was Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate. Mukherjee is a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1999) and Padma Vibhushan (2001), the second highest civilian award for his contribution to Indian cinema by government of India. He also received the NTR National Award in 2001.