June 10, 2011 04:39:51 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
M F HUSSAIN
On the eve of passing of Maqbool Fida Hussain, the bare foot painter, one is reminded of the predicament that Bahadur Shah Zafar had to endear, and indeed Husaain Saheb's soul would also be experiencing the same sentiment viz: 'Kitna hai badnaseeb zafar dafn ke liye, do gaz zameen bhi na mili koo-e - yaar mein', i.e. such is the misfortune that one could not get even a space of 1.5 m to let the body go back to the place where it was born. It is heard that the government is trying to bring his body back and let's hope that the initiative succeeds and Hussain does not meet the fate of Zafar.
Hussain, who started his career in painting by painting posters of Hindi cinema wanted to give back to the Hindi cinema by setting up a museum of Hindi cinema in Dubai. One does not know what the status of this venture is and only prays that the initiative taken by Hussain, if it has not been completed would be taken to its logical end by his successors, friends and well wishers.
He was the man who was enchanted by the beauty of Indian female actors, and it was when he got captivated by the magic of diva of Hindi cinema Madhuri Dixit and watched her HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN more than 70 times, and went to express his interpretation of Madhuri's beauty through his series of painting titled Gajgamini and was also a part of the film of the same name starring Madhuri Dixit. After Madhuri Dixit settled into a married life Hussain turned his focus to Amrita Rao and let his brush express Rao's beauty through a series of painting works. He was captivated by Amrita Rao after he watched VIVAH 20 times.
His latest muse was Anushka Sharma after he watched BAND BAAJA BAARAT and he had watched it 8 times and as per the report he was working on interpreting Anushka Sharma's beauty through his brush as well. It indeed is rather coincidental that all the heroines who bewitched Hussain, could do so through the movies which celebrated one of the most important social happenings in the Indian social milieu aka marriage. Indeed, Hussain was an Indian seeped in its traditions, culture, street life and its people for whom life was like a marriage event to celebrate it with all boisterousness, and he went to celebrate this important feature of Indian social canvas.
As he celebrated life by enjoying it as a marriage procession, it is only hoped that the saner element will prevail and his mortal remains would be allowed to be laid in the Mumbai soil, whose smell never went out of his nostril. Shabana Azmi informed about the same through one of the television programmes by highlighting that one day Hussain took him to Bhendi Bazaar to smell the air, how many people have such association with the soil. Hussain had it, and for this love one prays to the lord that he gets a decent burial in the country and then his soul would rest in peace.