Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Lymphosarcoma of the Heart

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Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Lymphosarcoma of the Heart

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ymphosarcoma of the intestine.

The disease that claimed Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand. A grand illness, like the name of a viceroy, Rajesh Khanna’s character says in the film, refusing to give in to solemnity. As a child, I bandied it about to describe emotionally dense situations like breakups with friends – Lymphosarcoma of the heart. I didn’t know then that I would turn to Anand again and again: for nostalgia, for succour, and sometimes, even for instruction.

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