Part IV: The Directors’ Cut
Where Reel Meets the Real
Kavita’s introduction to Pt. 4 of the special tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee

“It is so simple to be happy, but it so difficult to be simple”- from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film Bawarchi

Chess is a game of complex psychological twists and turns and clever moves, and Hrishikesh Mukherjee was a master chess player. He was also a brilliant academician, a scientist, and a gold medal winning sitar player among other things.

Hrishi da supposedly based the character of Rajesh Khanna in Bawarchi on his own father, a chemist who used to concoct all kinds of things from Kohl for the ladies, to fire crackers in his lab, but he could have very well based it on himself because he was so good at so much.

For a man who so easily mastered the complex, Hrishi da’s story telling was surprisingly simple and may be that is why it appealed to all strata of society.

The mega stars, some of whom have become legends, gravitated towards Hrishida with such passion because they too knew that while it was indeed very difficult to be simple, Hrishida’s sets, his stories brought them close to the fragrance of the simple life that they had left far behind in their quest for aiming for the stars. Not only did Hrishi da have his own feet firmly on the ground, his kind compassionate, non judgmental, all embracing nature always gave them a haven they could turn to whenever they needed a reality check.

They knew that in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s world, both the reel and the real were not far from the truth-and each other.

Read Kavita’s thoughts about Part 4 (The Directors’ Cut) in the print section here.

Kavita Talks to Subhash Ghai

Subhash Ghai speaks of the reason why Hrishikesh Mukherjee has a place not only in his heart but more.

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Kavita Talks to Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan speaks of all that he learnt from Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

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Kavita Talks to Nitin Mukesh

Nitin Mukesh talks of why he considers himself to be fortunate enough to have two fathers - Mukesh and Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

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Kavita Talks to Nagesh Kukunoor

Nagesh Kukunoor considers Hrishikesh Mukherjee the greatest film maker in India.

 

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Click here for Part I of the tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee - featuring Kavita’s conversations with screen legends Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Amol Palekar.

Click here for Part II of the tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee: "Down Melody Lane" - featuring Kavita’s conversations with living legends Lata Mangeshkar, Pt. Ravi Shankar and Manna Dey. Also featured: singing superstar Sonu Niigaam and sitar maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan.

Click here for Part III of the tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee: "Kuch Dil Ne Kaha (The Heart Speaks)" - featuring Kavita’s conversations with actors Sharmila Tagore, Deepti Naval, Farooque Sheikh and Raj Babbar.

Next week Kavita will be back with more amazing artists who will share their thoughts on a man who lives on through his films, and a legacy of humanity that enriched not just the lives of those who came into contact with him, but the world at large.

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