India theatre legend Satyadev Dubey dead

Indian theatre legend Satyadev Dubey has died aged 75 in the western city of Mumbai.

The playwright and actor, who inspired a generation of actors and writers, had been ill since September. He died at a private hospital on Sunday.

Dubey produced and directed plays of prominent Indian and international playwrights.

The prolific dramatist also wrote a number of scripts for films by leading Indian directors like Shyam Benegal.

They include films like Benegal's Mandi, Junoon, Nishant, Ankur and Bhumika.

Dubey was regarded as a pioneer in Indian theatre, and worked in different Indian languages.

"He was mad about theatre. He lived for that madness. His plays were ahead of his time. He gave a new direction to Indian theatre," theatre personality Alyque Padamsee told The Hindu newspaper.