Iran’s well-known director Dariush Mehrjui and his wife were murdered on Saturday night at their house outside of Tehran, as confirmed by the Judiciary.

Official media said that Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, Vahideh Mohammadifar, were fatally stabbed inside their residence. The director’s daughter, Mona Mehrjui, found out the truth on Saturday night when she went to her father’s residence, according to the IRNA news agency. 

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Both individuals were found with knife wounds on their necks, according to sources. During the course of the investigation, it has come to light that Mohammadifar had previously expressed concerns on social media about a recent knife-related threat she had received.

Who was Vahideh Mohammadifar?

Vahideh Mohammadifar is the wife of well-known Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. She was an Iranian scriptwriter and costume designer by profession.

Mohammadifar attended the University of Tehran to further his studies in screenwriting. In the early 1990s, she started her career as a screenwriter, frequently working alongside Mehrjui. Films like “Haji Washington” (1997), “Leila” (1997), and “The Pear Tree” (2010) are among their noteworthy collaborations. She also wrote the screenplay for the Alireza Davoudnejad-directed movie “Kolah Ghermezi” (2006).

In addition to her work as a screenwriter, Mohammadifar was a costume designer. The costumes for movies like Mehrjui’s “Haji Washington” (1997) and “Leila” (1997), as well as “Kolah Ghermezi” (2006) and “A Separation” (2011), were designed by her.

She was a very talented and creative artist who made a significant contribution to Iranian film. She was loved for her commitment as a wife and mother, and her artistic contributions were priceless. Her immediate relatives and close friends greatly valued her presence.

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Mohammadifar tragically lost her life at the age of 54 in a brutal knife attack at her home outside of Tehran in 2023, along with her husband Dariush Mehrjui.