Salman Rushdie and the Lost Portrait (1995)

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A documentary about the author Salman Rushdie which centres around the search, in India, for a portrait of his mother painted by the now famous Indian artist, Krishen Khanna, some fifty years before. Rushdie's father refused to buy the completed portrait which was painted over by another, then impoverished young painter called, M.F. Hussain. The programme is also structured around extracts from Rushdie's semi-autobiographical novel `The Moor's Last Sigh' read by the actor, Ben Kingsley. The author, in London, talks about the novel and the extraordinary conditions in which it was written. As he speaks, he is himself having his portrait painted by Bhupen Khakar, one of his favourite Indian artists.

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