Manav Kaul (born 19 December 1976) is an Indian theatre director, playwright, author, actor and filmmaker. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Tumhari Sulu (2017).
Early life and career
Born on 19 December 1976 in Baramulla, Kashmir in a Kashmiri Pandit family, Manav Kaul lived in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. Before starting the theatre group named Aranya in 2004, he was a swimmer and had participated in the state and national levels championships. Amongst his notable plays are Ilhaam, Park and Shakkar ke Paanch Daane, which was his first outing as playwright and director in 2004. His influences include Charles Bukowski, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Franz Kafka and Nirmal Verma, to whom he paid homage in his 2010 play Red Sparrow.
In 2012, Kaul debuted as a film director with Hansa, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He made his acting debut in Hindi cinema with fantasy film Jajantaram Mamantaram in 2003, and has been lauded for his performance as a right-wing politician in the Gujarat-based Hindi drama Kai Po Che! in 2013.
In 2004, Kaul staged Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane, a dramatic monologue in Hindi about a small-towner whose "structured middle-India existence begins to feel suspiciously like a lie." It featured actor Kumud Mishra, who was to become his longtime collaborator. The Mumbai Theatre Guide wrote, "the final poetic denouement is neat, funny, reflective but unfortunately all too expected, all too perfect." The play was a stage hit and was performed in English in 2009, from a translation by Arshia Sattar.
In his next play, Peele Scooter Wala Aadmi Kaul explored a father-son relationship in an open-ended narrative, and adopted a style of poetic dialogue similar to that employed by Vinod Kumar Shukla and Nirmal Verma. It won him a META award for Best Script in 2006.
In 2006, moving away from internal monologues, Kaul staged a bitter-sweet meditation on old age called Bali aur Shambhu, featuring Sudhir Pandey and Mishra. The Times of India found it "not as philosophical as Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane, yet, it's a story that tugs at your heartstrings and has its moments," while the Mumbai Theatre Guide described it as "one of those plays that appeal to the senses but not to the intellect." Said Kaul, "I wrote the play after I visited an old-age home. I wanted to show that people in old-age homes also have fun."
|2004||Saatchya Aat Gharat||Venky||Marathi Film|
|2007||1971||Flight Lt. Ram|
|2010||Daayen Ya Baayen||Sundar|
|I Am||Manav||Segment - Afia|
|2013||Kai Po Che!||Bishakh "Bittu" Joshi|
|Jai Gangaajal||MLA Babloo Pandey|
|2017||Jolly LLB 2||Iqbal Qasim|
|Tumhari Sulu||Ashok Dubey||Nominated―Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2019||Music Teacher||Beni Madhav Singh||Netflix Film|
|Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?||Albert Pinto|||
|2021||Nail Polish||Veer Singh ‘Ranjit’ ‘Charu Raina’||Zee5 Film|
|12 'O' Clock||Francis D'Souza|
|Madam Chief Minister||Danish Khan|
|Saina||Coach Sarvadhamaan Rajan|
|Ajeeb Daastaans||Kabir||Netflix Film|
|Dybbuk||Markus||Amazon Prime Video|
|2021||Tathagat||Streaming on MUBI India |
|1998||CID||Neeraj||Sony TV||Episode 115|
|1998||x Zone||Ajit||Zee TV||Episode 81|
|2018||Ghoul||Colonel Sunil Dacunha||Netflix||Mini series|
|2019||The Verdict - State vs Nanavati||Kawas Nanavati||ZEE5||Web series|
- Theek Tumhare Peeche
- Prem Kabootar
- Tumhare Baare Mein
- A Night In The Hills
- Bahut Door Kitna Door Hota Hai
- Chalta Phirta Pret
- Karta Ne Karm Se
- Tarannum, Asira (31 January 2016). "I have faith in my performance: Manav Kaul". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- Anupama Raju (31 July 2010). "Moments of spontaneity". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Aishwarya Gupta (12 April 2014). "Hindi theatre is not dying". Tehelka. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Vikram Phukan. "The nature of applause". Stage Impressions. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Deepa Gahlot. "Accidental playwright". Stage Impressions. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Deepa Punjani. "Reviews". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Whizzing past on the yellow scooter". Daily News and Analysis. 25 November 2008. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Grains of reality". Deccan Herald. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Five Grains of Sugar: Manav Kaul". Pratilipi. 1 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Ilhaam: the play". HimalayanVillage.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "2006 Archives". META Awards. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Purvaja Sawant (13 September 2013). "Theatre Review: Bali Aur Shambhu". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Deepa Punjani. "Reviews". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Vijay Sai (29 December 2006). "Undiluted reality is his stage". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Exploring conflicts". The Hindu. 3 August 2009 – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla work for free in 'Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai'". The Indian Express. 22 September 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (6 March 2019). "Manav Kaul, Nandita Das and Saurabh Shukla... #AlbertPintoKoGussaKyunAataHai - an official remake of the cult classic by Saeed Akhtar Mirza - to release on 12 April 2019... Directed by Soumitra Ranade... The 1980 classic starred Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil. t.co/e3JaquzPMI" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Manav Kaul's ruminative and brave exploration of renunciation - Firstpost Review". 22 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
- "Radhika Apte s action horror film Ghoul to be turned into English web series". mid-day. 16 March 2018. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Ekta Kapoor's next web-series titled The Verdict – State V/s Nanavati - Deets inside". Zee News. 19 September 2018. Archived from the original on 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- "Finding Anamika Release Date and Time, Cast, Trailer and When is It Coming out? - indvox". Retrieved 22 April 2021.
- 1976-, Kaul, Manav (9 March 2016). Thīka tumhāre pīche (Pahalā saṃskaraṇa ed.). Dillī. ISBN 978-9384419400. OCLC 974841092.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
- Mānava, Kaula (2017). Prema kabūtara. Naī Dillī. ISBN 978-9386224385. OCLC 1000386003.