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Film fraternity salutes Mani Kaul

As noted filmmaker Mani Kaul breathed his last on Wednesday, the film fraternity paid its condolences. Renowned filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Shekhar Kapur and Onir recall the director's work.

entertainment Updated: Jul 06, 2011 15:42 IST
Hindustan Times

As noted filmmaker Mani Kaul passed away last night, the film fraternity recalled the director's work and their interactions with him on the microblogging site Twitter.

Director Shekhar Kapur posted on his Twitter page, "RIP Mani Kaul. Friend. Director. A life passionately dedicated to exploring the outer edges of the art of film. Will b missed (sic)."

My Brother Nikhil director Onir recalled his first interaction with the ace director, "Sad to hear about Mani kaul. Remember the first time he called me I was in berlin. I was so excited n nervous that I could'nt talk (sic)."

Actor Anupam Kher wrote, "Mani Kaul was one of the pioneer of new wave cinema in India. And a great conversationalist. Will miss his persona. RIP."

Kaul had cast Shah Rukh Khan and British actor Ayub Khan-Din in his film Idiot which was based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel. The film received the Filmfare Critics Award for best movie four times.

Film critic Aniruddha Guha tweeted, "Ayub Khan-Din, British actor & writer, couldn't fathom why Mani Kaul wanted to cast him as 'Idiot' when he didn't even understand Hindi."

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap too, retweeted a post on his page, "RIP Mani Kaul. One of India's great filmmakers unfortunately Europeans are more familiar with his work than are Indians."

First Published: Jul 06, 2011 14:25 IST