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Manav Kaul

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Manav Kaul
A personable man in his thirties.
Kaul, 2010
Born (1976-12-19) 19 December 1976 (age 42)
OccupationStage director, playwright & actor
Years active1993–present
Known forTumhari Sulu, Wazir (film), CityLights

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


  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Plays
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Actor
    • 3.2 Director
    • 3.3 Television series
  • 4 Books
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life and career

Born in Baramulla, Kashmir, Manav Kaul lived in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.He belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family. He started the theatre group Aranya in 2004. 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, 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.[2]


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]



Year Film Role Notes
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 filming
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


Year Film Director Notes
2012 Hansa Yes

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2018 Ghoul Dacunha Netflix [18]
2019 Verdict Kawas Nanavati [19]


  1. Theek Tumhare Peeche.[20]
  2. Prem Kabootar.[21]

Tumhare Bare Mein

A Night in the Hills


  1. ^ Anupama Raju (31 July 2010). "Moments of spontaneity". The Hindu.
  2. ^ Aishwarya Gupta (12 April 2014). "Hindi theatre is not dying". Tehelka.
  3. ^ Vikram Phukan. "The nature of applause". Stage Impressions.
  4. ^ Deepa Gahlot. "Accidental playwright". Stage Impressions.
  5. ^ Deepa Punjani. "Reviews". Mumbai Theatre Guide.
  6. ^ a b "Whizzing past on the yellow scooter". Daily News and Analysis. 25 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Grains of reality". Deccan Herald. 14 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Five Grains of Sugar: Manav Kaul". Pratilipi. 1 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Ilhaam: the play".
  10. ^ "2006 Archives". META Awards.
  11. ^ Purvaja Sawant (13 September 2013). "Theatre Review: Bali Aur Shambhu". The Times of India.
  12. ^ Deepa Punjani. "Reviews". Mumbai Theatre Guide.
  13. ^ Vijay Sai (29 December 2006). "Undiluted reality is his stage". The Hindu.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "What s cooking between Divya Dutta and Manav Kaul". mid-day. 20 August 2017. 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. 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." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Radhika Apte s action horror film Ghoul to be turned into English web series". mid-day. 16 March 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. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  20. ^ 1976-, Kaul, Manav (9 March 2016). Thīka tumhāre pīche (Pahalā saṃskaraṇa ed.). Dillī. ISBN 9384419400. OCLC 974841092.
  21. ^ Mānava, Kaula (2017). Prema kabūtara. Naī Dillī. ISBN 9386224380. OCLC 1000386003.

External links

  • Manav Kaul on IMDb
  • Manav Kaul on Twitter Edit this at Wikidata