Hrishikesh Mukherjee left an indelible impression on the minds of the people of my age group (50s). He was so popular that we evolved the Hrishikesh-ian school of thought seeking simple solution to complex problems of life while in college. It is another matter that as we grew older and faced the hard realities of life, we realised that it is not as simple as Hrishida portrayed it in his films. That did not stop us from wishing that life should be as pleasing and happy as it was for Guddi or Baawarchi.

Prahlad R. Chebbi,
Dharwad, Karnataka

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Ardent movie buffs in Ooty like me were mad about Hindi films during the 1960s and 1970s. Needless to say, Hrishida was one of our favourite directors. His memorable hits such as Anand, Abhimaan and Mili ran to packed houses in one of the historic cinema houses, Coronation Talkies, for weeks together. I also remember how the audience wept inconsolably when Rajesh Khanna died in the film Anand. Hrishida's Namak Haram, based on the Richard Burton-Peter O Toole classic, Becket, was also memorable. Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films stood out for their excellent music.

Thiagarajan Dharmalingam,
Udhagamandalam, T.N.