Pakeezah, Deewaar art director Marutirao Kale dies of Covid-19 complications

Veteran art director Marutirao Kale has died due to Covid-19 complications in Mumbai. He was 92 years old. Kale took his last breath on the night of May 26, his daughter Meena Kapadia confirmed to

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 the night of May 26.”

In his career spanning more than four decades, Kale has designed sets for more than 100 iconic Hindi films. Before entering the art direction, Kale worked as a carpenter on film sets and in that capacity worked on Mughal-e-Azam (1960). He was then picked up by the London Film Production Ltd as an assistant art director and later worked as an independent art director.

Some of his best known works are Sunil Dutt and Sadhana’s Mera Saaya (1966), Meena Kumari’s Pakeezah (1972), Manoj Kumar and Saira Banu’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 Kumar’s Saudagar (1991).

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