Iran’s renowned director Dariush Mehrjui and his wife were fatally murdered on Saturday night at their home outside of Tehran, as confirmed by the judiciary on Sunday.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, is located in a suburb. Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, Vehideh Mohammadifar, were fatally stabbed inside their home, according to official media. Mona Mehrjui, the director’s daughter, discovered the truth when she went to her father’s house on Saturday night, according to the IRNA news agency.

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According to reports, both victims had knife incisions on their necks when they were found. It has emerged during the investigation that Mohammadifar had previously expressed worries on social media regarding a knife-related threat she had received in recent weeks.

Who was Dariush Mehrjui?

Dariush Mehrjui was an Iranian filmmaker well-known for contributing to the Iranian New Wave movement in the early 1970s. Many people agree that “The Cow,” his second movie, is essential to this cinematic trend. The examination of social and political problems in Mehrjui’s writings, which combine reality and narrative intricacy, is highly praised.

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Before going back to Iran in 1965, he studied philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. Although he made his directing debut with “Diamond 33” in 1966, it was “The Cow,” which debuted in 1969, that shot him to stardom. This tragicomic story explores how a man’s sanity unravels after his favorite cow dies. With both critical and financial success, the movie cemented Mehrjui’s reputation as a key player in the Iranian New Wave film movement.

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Throughout his career, Mehrjui consistently made noteworthy contributions to the film industry. “Mr. Naive” (1970), “The Cycle” (1977), “Haji Washington” (1997), and “Leila” (1997) are some of his best-known motion pictures.

Several films by Mehrjui have been screened and recognized at international film festivals all over the world.