Idiot (1992 film)

Idiot is a 1992 Hindi film based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, The Idiot.[1] It was directed by Mani Kaul and starred Shah Rukh Khan and Ayub Khan-Din. The film debuted at the New York Film Festival in October 1992.[2] In this version of the tale, placed in contemporary Mumbai, Prince Miskin (Khan-Din) is a man whose epilepsy is mistaken for idiocy.

Idiot
Directed byMani Kaul
Written byAnup Singh
Hemendra Bhatia
Rajeev Kumar
Based onThe Idiot (1869)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Ayub Khan-Din
Music byVikram Joglekar
D. Wood
CinematographyPiyush Shah
Edited byLalitha Krishna
Release date
  • 8 October 1992 (1992-10-08)
Running time
165 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Cast

Production and release

The film was first released as a four-part television mini-series on state-run Doordarshan channel in 1991, and despite it outing at debuted at the New York Film Festival in October 1992, it was never commercially released.[2][3] It was screened at the Mumbai Film Festival in October 2016 with the title "Ahamaq".[4]

Reception

According to the New York Times, "it turns a literary masterpiece into a numbing soap opera as incoherent as it is technically crude."[5]

Awards

References

  1. Derek Malcolm (14 July 2011). "Mani Kaul obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. Holden, Stephen (8 October 1992). "Review/Film Festival; Dostoyevsky's 'Idiot,' by Way of Bombay". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  3. Anupama Chopra (2 October 2007). King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema. Grand Central Publishing. pp. 44–. ISBN 978-0-446-50898-8.
  4. http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/shah-rukh-khan-unreleased-film-ahamaq-to-screen-at-mami-3078760/
  5. Holden, Stephen. "Dostoyevsky's Idiot by way of Bombay". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2019.


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