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Remembering Mani Kaul

City film festival pays tribute to iconic filmmaker, screens his works.

art and culture Updated: Jul 07, 2011 16:49 IST
Serena Menon

As a tribute to the celebrated filmmaker, the late Mani Kaul, a city film festival is screening two of his most revered movies next week — his first film Uski Roti (1969) and his third directorial, Duvidha (1973). The 66-year-old veteran was suffering from cancer and breathed his last on Tuesday night.

The Film and Television Institute of India graduate will be honoured at the Naya Film Festival, which has been organised by the Taj Enlighten Film Society, on July 29. The event will commence on July 15 and will end on July 31. “The whole idea of the festival is to showcase first and second works by path-breaking directors. Mani Kaul’s films were a major part of that list, but now those two screenings will pay homage to his genius,” says Pranav Ashar, president of the Taj Enlighten Film Society.

Post that, members of the film industry, who have worked with Kaul, will pay tribute to his films in a discussion. Those interested can register for the fest on href="http://www.enlighten.co.in">www.enlighten.co.in According to Ashar, not many know that it was Kaul’s work that led to the introduction of the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie category. The director won that award four times for Uski Roti, Ashad Ka Ek Din (1971), Duvidha and Idiot (1992).

Interestingly, the latter was Shah Rukh Khan’s second film. He also acted and paid tribute to Kaul in Paheli (2005), a film by Amol Palekar that was inspired by the same folk tale Duvidha was based on. The filmmaker also won a National Award for his documentary Siddheshwari in 1989.