MF Hussain's Controversial Nude Paintings
M F Hussain controversial Paintings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Maqbool Fida Husain, popularly known as M F Hussein, was one of the most popular Indian Artists who got noticed more because of his nude paintings of Hindu Gods and obsession for certain Bollywood Actresses like Madhuri Dixit than for his talent. This Painter was born in the year 1915 in a village in Maharashtra in a Muslim Family. Forbes magazine referred this Artist as the "Picasso of India" and M F Hussains Paintings are worth crores of Rupees. He was in fact one of the highest paid Painters of India.
He attracted a lot of controversy and wrath after painting the nude images of Hindu Deities, especially from the Shiv Sena and Hindus. He was accused of hurting the sentiments of those who belong to Hindu Religion. Another popular controversy was the Painting of Nude Bharat Mata which hurt the sentiments of majority of Indians. This Painting was opposed by Organizations like Vishva Hindu Parishad and Hindu Jagruti Samiti . M F Hussains film Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities also attracted controversy and was pulled out of movie theaters a day after some Muslim organizations like All India Muslim Council and Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind argued that one of the songs in the film contained words directly taken from the Holy Quran. The Kerala Government's announcement to award M F Husain with the prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award also led to a lot of controversy. A series of cases were brought against Hussain following the controversies and he was even issued a non-bailable warrant after he failed to respond to summons from the Court. He also received death threats. The opposition from Indian Public and Government resulted in the artist moving out of India and set his base in Dubai and London.
Maqbool Fida Husain Biography
Husain had a humble beginning and started his Career by painting Film Hoardings. M F Hussain started being recognized as an artist after the 1940s. He received the prestigious Padma Shree Award from the Government of India in 1955. His first film Through the Eyes of a Painter made in 1967 received recognition at the Berlin Film Festival. M. F. Husain was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986.He also was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991.
M F Hussain made several Bollywood films. His Bollywood disasters include Mohabbat in the year 1997 starring Akshay Khanna and Maduri Dixit, Gaja Gamini in the year 2000 starring Nasuruddin Shah, Maduri Dixit and Sharukh Khan , Meenaxi : The Tale Of 3 Cities in the year 2004 starring Tabu and Kunal Kapoor. His autobiography was also made into a movie titled The Making of the Painter starring Shreyas Talpade. He had several muses in Bollywood including Madhuri Dixit, Amrita Rao (whom he was obsessed with ever since he has seen the Movie Vivah), Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Urmila Matondkar and Vidya Balan. There were some news reports saying that he wanted Vidya Balan to pose nude for a Painting. However, his wish did not materialize.
M F Hussain breathed his last at the London’s Royal Brompton hospital in London on June 9, 2011 at the age of 95 at 2.30 am local time.