Noted filmmaker Mani Kaul, measured one of the pioneers of new Indian cinema, passed away last night after a long-drawn-out sickness. Kaul, 66, is stay alive by two sons and as many daughters.

He breathed his last at 1AM at his home here after he was release from a hospital last night, his family said. Kaul, born in Jodhpur in Rajasthan to a Kashmiri family, was ranked among the film makers who contributed to new Indian cinema with their exemplary movies. His uncle was well-known actor-director Mahesh Kaul.

Mani Kaul start his career with Uski Roti in 1969 which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for best movie and his other movies like Ashad Ka ek Din, Duvidha and Idiot also obtain awards.

A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Kaul got National Film Award for Best documentary film Siddheshwari in 1989.

Centre’s interlocutor on Kashmir, Dileep Padgaonkar, condoled the death and said “he had a brilliant mind. He shed light on making ground-breaking films.”

“Mani will be memorizing as one of the pioneers, along with Kumar Shahni, of a parallel cinema movement in India. He was also a great teacher of Indian cinema and an talented Drupad singer,” he said. [Source: dailyworldnewss.com]


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