“It is so simple to be happy but so difficult to be simple,” says a Hrishikesh Mukherjee character. It is this effortless yet profound simplicity that forms the core of the director’s wide-ranging work. Revered for its candour, Mukherjee’s cinema also stands out for having a deep sociological perspective. Be it using humor to reflect on class hierarchies or commenting on the issue of unemployment, his cinema always takes a sharp look at the country and the society.
Portraying the common people with all their travails and moral dilemmas, the cinema of Hrishikesh Mukherjee explores delicately woven human relationships and emotions. We are delighted to present a selection of his works—cinema that effortlessly blends profound philosophical musings into the mundanity of everyday life.