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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.

Directed by Mani Kaul
Written by Anup Singh
Hemendra Bhatia
Rajeev Kumar
Based on The Idiot (1869)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Ayub Khan-Din
Music by Vikram Joglekar
D. Wood
Cinematography Piyush Shah
Edited by Lalitha Krishna
Release date
  • 8 October 1992 (1992-10-08)
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi



Production and releaseEdit

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]



  1. ^ Derek Malcolm (14 July 2011). "Mani Kaul obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ a b 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.
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