Published On: Sat, Jul 30th, 2016

Peepli Live director convicted for raping American woman


Peepli Live director convicted for raping American woman

The quantum of his sentence will be announced on the second of August.

New Delhi: Popular writer-director Mahmood Farooqui was convicted on saturday, for raping a 35-year-old American woman in 2015 by the Delhi district court in Saket. The woman had filed a complaint of sexual assault against Farooqui at the New Friends Colony police station along with an official from the US embassy, last year.

The ‘Peepli Live’ co-director had allegedly raped the woman after a party at his rented accommodation in the Sukhdev Vihar locality. Farooqui, who is married to Anusha Rizvi, the director and writer of 2011’s Aamir Khan production ‘Peepli Live’, had been taken into judicial custody for fourteen days, after a case under IPC’s Section 376 had been registered against him.

Mahmood, a Rhodes scholar, who also holds degrees from Oxfor, Cambridge and Delhi’s Stephens College, is an alumnus of the prestigious Doon School. He had also helped writer William Dalrymple with the research of the latter’s acclaimed ‘The Last Mughal’.

The quantum of his sentence will be announced on the second of August.

Did you know Mahmood Farooqui was an Urdu scholar? Here’s five more things about him

Mahmood Farooqui, convicted on Saturday for sexually assaulting a 35-year-old US-based woman from Columbia University in March 2015 in a drunken state, is married to film director and writer Anusha Rizvi, who shot to fame with her directorial debut Peepli Live— a movie addressing the issue of farmer suicides in the country.

The movie was produced by Actor Aamir Khan and co-directed by Mahmood Farooqui. He also has written the screenplay for the movie Harud.

Farooqui did his schooling at Doon School and then studied BA history (Hons) at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

His uncle S R Faruqi, pre-eminent Urdu critic and writer, was his guide and helped him in honing his skills as a writer and story teller.

He also contributed opinion pieces to India’s leading newspapers and magazines. His notable work ‘Beseiged: Voices from Delhi, 1857’, was an extensive translation into English of the Mutiny Papers dating from Delhi’s 1857 siege, originally written in Persian and Shikastah Urdu.

He is renowned for promoting ‘Dastangoi’, a dying Urdu oral story telling art form. He has enhanced this art form by using it to deliver modern tales in that format.

News Source Deccan Chronicle & The New Indian Express

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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