The director passed away at his home in New Delhi on Wednesday (06Jul11) following a long illness.
Kaul began his career in 1969 and became a pioneering force in Hindi cinema with movies such as Uski Roti and Duvidha. In 1989, he was honoured with the National Film Award for his documentary Siddheshwari.
Paying tribute to the late star, director Shyam Benegal says, "Mani Kaul was, by far, our most original filmmaker."
Actor Mita Vashisht adds, "He was a master of the frame, of his craft."