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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 byMani Kaul
Written byAnup Singh
Hemendra Bhatia
Rajeev Kumar
Based onThe Idiot (1869)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Ayub Khan-Din
Music byVikram Joglekar
D. Wood
CinematographyPiyush Shah
Edited byLalitha Krishna
Release date
  • 8 October 1992 (1992-10-08)
Running time
165 minutes



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 21 December 2013.
  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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