Veteran art director Marutirao Kale has died in Mumbai due to Covid-19 complications. He was 92 years old. Kale breathed her last on May 26, her daughter Meena Kapadia confirmed to indianexpress.com.
Meena said: “My father tested positive for Covid-19 on May 7. We were admitted to Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, but he died on May 26.”
Over a career spanning more than four decades, Kale has designed more than 100 iconic Hindi films. Prior to becoming an art director, Kale worked as a carpenter on film sets and worked in Mughal-e-Azam (1960). He was then hired by London Film Production Ltd as an assistant art director, and later worked as an independent art director.
Some of his most famous works are Sunil Dutt and Sadhana’s Mera Saaya (1966), Meena Kumari’s Pakeezah (1972), Manoj Kumar and Saira Banuren’s Purab Aur Paschim (1970) and Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Amitabh Bachchan’s Deewaar (1975). , Mithun Chakraborty’s Disco Dancer (1982) and Dance Dance (1987), Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi’s Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Dilip Kumar and Raj Kumarren Saudagar (1991) among others.
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