Active Bangalore: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Film Festival 2-4th December 2016


“Babumoshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye.. lambi nahin.., Anand 1971

A walk down the memory lane for Hrishikesh Mukherjee Film Fans…


Pickle Jar Presents Hrishikesh Mukherjee Film Festival From December 2-4, 2016 at NGMA, Alliance Francaise De Bangalore and Suchitra Film Society

 “It’s so simple to be happy, but it is so difficult to be simple”, so said our beloved Bawarchi. Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the man behind this and several other memorable films immortalised this motto through his work. Recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke award, the Padma Vibhushan and eight Filmfare awards; Hrishida’s (as he Is fondly referred to) films were remarkable for their simple portrayal of the ethos of the Indian middle class often peppered with healthy doses of humour and satire.

From light-hearted features like Golmaal, Chupke Chupke, Khoobsurat, to films with social relevance like Satyakam, Namak Haram, Asli Naqli, to emotional masterpieces like Anand, Anupama, and Aashirwad – Hrishida was a master storyteller and never limited himself to a particular genre, style or theme. If anything, he created his own niche of film-making which today is referred to as the ‘Middle-Cinema’ – a style that is a confluence of commercially appealing stories packaged in a parallel cinematic art form.

In its second feature, Pickle Jar – a Bangalore based community-led effort, is organising a three-day Hrishikesh Mukherjee film festival showcasing 13 of the finest Hrishida movies on 2, 3 & 4 December. The movies will be screened at three venues including the two  cultural nerve centres of Bangalore, viz., the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Alliance Française de Bangalore (AFB).  Suchitra Film Society located at Banashankari is the Screening Partner for the Hrishida Festival.

“Hrishida’s films carried simple narratives but made a strong impact, a style that seems to be fading away in today’s culture of blockbusters and high budget films. Through this festival, we are trying to revive the values, the idealism and the ethos that Hrishikesh Mukherjee and his films stood for”, said Vasanthi Hariprakash – the founder of Pickle Jar.

Hrishida’s films were made richer by the beautiful music they carried, which will come alive with a grand musical finale befittingly titled ‘Kuch Dil Ne Kaha’ at the Kassia Auditorium. “When we began collaborating on this festival, one thing that all of us unanimously agreed upon was the fact that we should have a segment that celebrates the timeless music in Hrishida’s films. What better way to do that than a musical!”says Sheshadri Mokshagundam, the festival spokesperson.

Hrishida was also an accomplished sitar player and a musician, a fact that was perhaps the raison détre for the beautiful music in all his films. The songs in his films reflected myriad nuances of life and emotions ranging from the optimistic Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai, to the philosophical Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli Haaye. From the melancholic Badi Sooni Hai, to the hopeful Aanewala Pal. These outstanding melodies will come alive through a grand musical finale at the Kassia Auditorium. The musical befittingly titled ‘Kuch Dil Ne Kaha’ will be our tribute to the filmmaker who brought together people from various walks of life through his films and music.

 Renowned actor, director Amol Palekar, who starred in many of Hrishida’s comedies including the blockbuster Golmaal, has agreed to be a part of this festival.

Hrishida’s films have raised the ordinary drudgery of life to an extraordinary level of art, and with this film festival, our aim is to encourage more people to discern the extraordinary in their routine lives and live every moment of their life to the fullest. Because as Anand says, “Babu Moshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahin”.

About Pickle Jar:

Pickle Jar is a curating platform for film festivals and programmes of social relevance. Founded by Bangalore-based media personality Vasanthi Hariprakash, it is a vibrant community of close to 40 people, among them architects, activists, artists, techies, journalists, students, homemakers, writers and other professionals from different areas of work, pickled together by passion and love for anything that makes the world a better – and spicier – place.  

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