Famous Painter and controversial film-maker Maqbool Fida Husain commonly known as MF Husain, was born on 17th September, 1915, today, celebrating his 100th birth anniversary.
MF Husain was a Modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG). He also directed a few movies. In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’.
In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, which was screened in the Marché du Film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
He has also produced & directed Gaja Gamini (2000) with his muse Madhuri Dixit who was the subject of a series of his paintings which he signed Fida. The film was intended as a tribute to Ms. Dixit herself.
He also appeared in a scene in film Mohabbat, which had Madhuri Dixit in lead role. In the film, the paintings that were supposedly done by Madhuri were actually Husain’s.
Husain is primarily known for his paintings, but is also known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker, photographer and filmmaker. Some of his later works stirred controversy, as they depicted traditional Deities of India in non traditional ways.