He was 85 years old when I first met him and I always marveled at his energy. He was always planning ahead and appeared tireless. I once told him to sit down,relax and have a cup of tea,so he said,What you are asking me to do is not relaxation,its a punishment. Painting relaxes me. I also asked him if his feet hurt since he never wore shoes. He told me that his feet now felt like shoes. I dont know how many times he saw Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Only he knows the final count. Working in Gaja Gamini was an unique experience. He wanted each frame to look like a painting. He was the director but was always the artist first. I spoke to him three months back. He was as excited as a child about his latest project about 100 years of Indian cinema. This ability to always be in the moment was uniquely Husain saab. Madhuri Dixit
Meenaxi will remain one of the best experiences of my life both professionally and personally. Its an irreplaceable loss for me. Ill miss Husain saab as a great artist and also as a person. Tabu
THE DOOR WILL NEVER CLOSE -Kamna Prasad
Everyone in the country should forgive Husain saab now if he hurt their feelings in any way. It is time to bury those issues, says Kamna Prasad,the e-book biographer of MF Husain and his close friend. Jaane wale chale gaye duniya ki basti chhor kar; rone wale ek din kya umr bhar roya karein, recites Prasad,also an Urdu language activist. Besides hundreds of big and little memories is a door that will always remain open in Prasads mind. During one of his many visits to her house in Delhi,Husain found the house locked. Once,he scribbled chillaane ki jageh aur bhi hai with his brush; the next time though he made a Ganesha on the door. The door now stands in Prasads drawing room as a Husain painting.