Founding member of the Iranian New Wave movement of the 1970s and director of 1969's Gaav and 1978's The Cycle.
He painted miniatures and learned instruments like the santoor and piano as a child.
His most acclaimed film, The Cycle, was banned for three years because of opposition from the Iranian medical establishment.
He had one child with former spouse Faryar Javaherian.
His 1995 film Pari was an adaptation of the J.D. Salinger novel Franny and Zooey.