Mumbai/New Delhi: Celebrated Indian painter MF Husain had his heart in Bollywood and many from the film industry have expressed grief over his demise on Thursday.

"Very sad to hear that the great M F Husain is no more, RIP," veteran actor Dev Anand said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"The news is shocking. It is yet to sink in. Just two days back I was discussing him with a friend. He was a great filmmaker who made films which he believed in and financed it himself. He was a special person and a genuine artist," director Anurag Kashyap said.

Expressing grief, actor Shabana Azmi said that Husain was a close friend and a wonderful human being. "He was a prolific painter. He is someone who is born once in 100 years. I last met him through a video-conference. He was deeply moved when we told him we will try to bring him back to India. He missed India."

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Fan of B-town actresses

Husain's love for Bollywood beauties was well-known and Madhuri impressed him so much that he watched her film 'Hum Apke Hain Kaun' 67 times. He also immortalised the actress in his paintings.

 Foraying into filmmaking with 'Through the Eyes of a Painter' in 1967, Hussain later made 'Gaja Gamini' with his then muse Madhuri Dixit, followed by 'Meenaxi: A tale of Three Cities' starring Tabu.

Actor Raghubir Yadav, who also starred in 'Meenaxi..' said, "It is sad that an artist of such a stature is no longer among us. Working with him was a learning experience. He was peaceful by nature and a open-minded person."

"Deeply saddened by the news about Hussain saab. He was not only a great artist but an incredible human being. His passion and love for life was contagious and unparalleled. May
his soul rest in peace," tweeted Kunal Kapoor, who made his acting debut with 'Meenaxi...'.

Unprecedented contribution to Indian art

Lyricist Javed Akhtar termed Husain as one of the greatest artists in and outside India. "I think many people realise the importance of artists in this country because of him. His contribution to Indian art has been totally unprecedented."

"Hussain passes away. We hang our heads partly in grief and partly in shame for not being able to let him spend his last days in this country," tweeted Rahul Bose.

"Very sad to hear of the passing of M F Hussain saab. A wonderful person and a great artist. May his soul rest in peace," actor Abhishek Bachchan said.

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur tweeted, "M F Husain who seemed ageless, painting till his last days leaves us with one of India's greatest legacy of art."

Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Sad to hear renowned legendary artist M F Husain passes away, RIP!!!"

"The legendary MF Husain has left us. Rest in peace sir," said actor Siddharth.

"RIP, M F Husain, son, lover and nemesis of India," actor Ranvir Shorey tweeted.

Filmmaker Pritish Nandy said, "Few people had that zest for living as Husain. My walls are full of his notes and drawings left in my office when I wasnt there."

Big B treasures Husain’s gift

Mourning the demise of Husain, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said the best gift he received from the celebrated artist was a painting of Lord Hanuman when he was recuperating after an accident on the sets of 'Coolie'.

"M F Husain, artist, painter, friend... passes away! Sad, very sad! Many of his works and gifts adorn my home," Bachchan said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Husain's best painting gift to me... a Hanuman with 'Sanjeevani booti' flying... given to me in Breach Candy Hospital, during the Coolie episode," he said.

During the shooting of Manmohan Desai's film 'Coolie' in 1982 Bachchan was critically injured in the intestines while filming a fight scene with co-star Puneet Issar which almost cost him his life.

Wanted to make a comedy with Madhuri

Legendary painter MF Husain was all set to re-unite with his muse Madhuri Dixit to make a
comedy film.

Husain, who made his Bollywood directorial debut with 'Gaja Gamini' starring Madhuri, was scripting a comedy with the actress in the lead, said her secretary Riku Rakeshnath.

"He had called me to say that he wanted to make a film again and we were supposed to meet in London or Dubai to discuss it further," Rakeshnath, who was a producer on 'Gaja Gamini', said.

"He was writing the script of the film, which was to be a comedy with Madhuri in the lead," he added.

(Agencies)