Manav Kaul

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Manav Kaul (born 19 December 1976) is an Indian theatre director, playwright, author, actor and filmmaker. He was nominated at the 63rd Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his film Tumhari Sulu (2017).

Early life and career[edit]

Manav was born on 19 December 1976 in Baramulla, Kashmir, He 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.[1]

In 2012, he 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.[2]

Plays[edit]

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."[3] It featured actor Kumud Mishra, who was to become his longtime collaborator.[4] The Mumbai Theatre Guide wrote, "the final poetic denouement is neat, funny, reflective but unfortunately all too expected, all too perfect."[5] The play was a stage hit[6] and was performed in English in 2009,[7] from a translation by Arshia Sattar.[8]

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.[6] It won him a META award for Best Script in 2006.[9][10]

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,"[11] while the Mumbai Theatre Guide described it as "one of those plays that appeal to the senses but not to the intellect."[12] 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."[13]

In 2009, Kaul directed Ranga Shankara's Hindi adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's Huis Clos, with The Hindu citing his "treatment of non-verbal, physical expression" as impressive.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Champion Jr Artist
2003 Jajantaram Mamantaram Jeran
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat
2007 1971 Flight Lt. Ram
2010 Daayen Ya Baayen Sundar
2010 I Am segment Afia
2013 Kai Po Che! Bittu Mama
2014 CityLights Vishnu Sir
2014 Haider
2016 Wazir Yazaad Qureshi
2016 Jai Gangaajal MLA Babloo Pandey
2016 Maroon
2016 A Scandall
2017 Jolly LLB 2 Iqbal Qasim
2017 Geher
2017 Tumhari Sulu Ashok
2018 Dobaara Mohan
2019 Music Teacher Beni Madhav Singh [15]
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? Albert Pinto [16][17]
Badla Jimmy Punjabi
2020 Korea Ka Kambal Aur Shimla Ki Shawl Kamlesh Sukhija
Thappad Rohit Jaisingh

Director[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2012 Hansa Yes

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2018 Ghoul Col Sunil Dacunha Netflix [18]
2019 The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Kawas Nanavati ZEE5 & ALTBalaji [19]

Books[edit]

1-Theek Tumhare Peeche.[20]

2-Prem Kabootar.[21]

3-Tumhare Bare Mein

4-A Night in the Hills

5-Bahut Door Kitna Door Hota Hai

6-Chalta Phirta Pret

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anupama Raju (31 July 2010). "Moments of spontaneity". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  2. ^ Aishwarya Gupta (12 April 2014). "Hindi theatre is not dying". Tehelka. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ Vikram Phukan. "The nature of applause". Stage Impressions. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  4. ^ Deepa Gahlot. "Accidental playwright". Stage Impressions. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  5. ^ Deepa Punjani. "Reviews". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b "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.
  7. ^ "Grains of reality". Deccan Herald. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Five Grains of Sugar: Manav Kaul". Pratilipi. 1 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Ilhaam: the play". HimalayanVillage.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ "2006 Archives". META Awards. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Deepa Punjani. "Reviews". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  13. ^ Vijay Sai (29 December 2006). "Undiluted reality is his stage". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/exploring-conflicts/article635580.ece
  15. ^ "What s cooking between Divya Dutta and Manav Kaul". mid-day. 20 August 2017. Archived from the original on 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ 1976-, Kaul, Manav (9 March 2016). Thīka tumhāre pīche (Pahalā saṃskaraṇa ed.). Dillī. ISBN 9384419400. OCLC 974841092.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ Mānava, Kaula (2017). Prema kabūtara. Naī Dillī. ISBN 9386224380. OCLC 1000386003.

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