Friday, 21 May 2021

Subodh Mukharjee- Freedom Fighter to the Leading Filmmaker of the Golden Era


Subodh Mukharjee ( away from the nationalist movement and engaged him film making. He started as a continuity assistant and writer He was given the first film as an independent director Munimji (1955).  The film was a hit. The song "Jeevan Ke Safar Mein Rahi," sung by Kishore Kumar, became a super hit. The next film he directed was Paying Guest(1957), which was again a hit.

He started his own banner SMP Subodh Mukharjee Productions. The first film of this house was Love Marriage starring Dev Anand and Mala Sinha. This was the third film in a row under his direction All three films were hit. The next film under his direction and production house was Junglee with Shammi Kapoor. The film was a super hit. He was then a leading Filmmaker of Bollywood.

 After Junglee he made April Fool in 1964 and Saaj Aur Awaz in 1966, both the films were average in Box Office. In both the films, Saira Banu was the heroine, who was introduced by him in the 1961 film Junglee.
In 1967 he produced Shagird, the direction was given to Samir Ganguly. The film stars Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu in lead roles The film was a super hit. He then made two films simultaneously, Sharmilee(1971) was directed by Sameer Ganguli, and the other film Abhinetri(1970) was directed by him.

In the first two decades of his career, he had a high success percentage, but like so many movie-makers of his generation, he floundered from the seventies and quit in 1985. He produced 8 films and directed 9 films in his career. The last 2 films were Teesri Aankh 1982 and Ulta Seedha in 1985

He died on 21st May 2005,he was suffering from Blood cancer.

Song of Munimjee 1955

Song of Paying Guest 1957

Song of Love Mariage1959

Song of Junglee 1961

Song of Shagird 1967

Song of Abhinetri 1970

Song of Sharmilee 1971

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