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Mani Kaul passes away

Noted Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul died this morning in his house in New Delhi, India. He was suffering from cancer.

A graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Kaul was among the most well-known names of the group of films and filmmakers that constituted the Indian New Wave that flourished mainly in the 1970s. Kaul’s films are remembered for their deliberation on concepts of space and time and also movement.

His films, Uski Roti (1969), Ashadh Ka Ek Din (1971) and Duvidha (1973) won the Filmfare Critics Awards while Siddheshwari (1989) won the National Award for Best Documentary.

I first met Mani Kaul in 2007 when he was working with the Film House at Osian’s. He spoke to me about his time at FTII and the influence of his teachers on his life and work. We met again in 2009 when he invited some film studies students to organise small events around specific films during the Cinefan film festival. [Read more →]

July 6, 2011   1 Comment