Indian animation expert and multiple National Award winner Bhimsain Khurana passed away at 82. The pioneer known for films like Gharoanda and iconic short films like Ek Anek Ekta (with popular song Ek Chidiya Anek Chidiya) died at a hospital in Mumbai, where was undergoing dialysis. A family member told IANS.
A decorated filmmaker, Khurana is survived by his wife Neelam, sons Himaanshu and Kireet, daughters-in-law Youla and Tehzeeb and grandchildren Kabeer, Nivritti and Mohak. A prayer meet will be held here Friday evening at ISKCON here.
Khurana obtained his diploma in Fine Arts and Classical Music from Lucknow University. In 1970, he made his debut with his first animation short "The Climb", which earned him the Silver Hugo Award in the Chicago Film Festival.
Soon after, he directed and produced several animation and ad films. He further established his repute as a director and producer with his landmark animation short "Ek Anek Ekta", which won him a National Award. He ventured into feature film production with "Gharaonda", which got Filmfare Awards. This was followed by two other successful films - "Doooriyan" and "Tum Laut Aao".
Khurana also tried his hand at TV show production. His first tryst was in 1985 with popular sitcom "Choti Badi Baatein", based on superstitions. He also made documentaries. In 1991, he made computer-aided animation serial "Lok Gatha", based on folk tales, and then a 26-episode series "Vartaman", aired on Doordarshan.
Khurana was also a writer, and penned six books. His banner Climb Films has been running for the last 31 years.
(With IANS Inputs)