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Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul dies after long illness

Leading Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul has died in the capital, Delhi, aged 66.

Mr Kaul, one of the pioneers of art house Indian cinema, had been unwell for some time. He died at home after being discharged from hospital.

He began his career in 1969, and went on to make a number of films, winning a national award for a documentary, Siddheshwari, in 1989.

Analyst Dileep Padgaonkar said that Mr Kaul had a "luminous mind" and will be remembered as a cinematic trailblazer.

"Mani will be remembered as one of the pioneers... of a parallel cinema movement in India. He was also a great teacher of Indian cinema," Mr Padgaonkar told the Press Trust of India news agency.

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