Experimental, obscure, tangential, inaccessible and over indulgent. These are just some of the adjectives commonly used to define the cinema of Mani Kaul. If you ever tried watching (or watched) any of Kaul’s film, you will understand what these adjectives mean. And if you haven’t, then you must give it a try. Because if artists don’t indulge, experiment and go off tangent, then who will? The result might be inaccessible for the majority but when has the majority ever voted for anything that’s cult.
And the bigger problem is to find the resources to figure out what Kaul tried to say through his cinema. Thanks to our lack of interest in any kind of artistic documentation, we have access to best of cinema from across the world, but we don’t know where to look for the desi ones. So, in this post we are putting all the links related to Mani Kaul. If you have any, do comment or let us know.
Kaul’s essay – Beneath the surface: Cinematography and Time
The Films of Mani Kaul by Just Another Film Buff. Quite elaborate post that covers Uski Roti, Duvidha, Satah Se Uthata Aadmi, Dhrupad, Siddheshwari, Nazar, Naukar Ki Kameez and Een Aaps Regenjas (A Monkey’s Raincoat).
Filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s tribute – The Magic Of Mani Kaul.
Kaul’s documentary Dhrupad in seven parts.
His short film The Cloud Door.
MUBI’s page on Mani Kaul and his films.
Profile of Mani Kaul and his movies on Upperstall.
Understanding Mani Kaul and his films by Devdutt Trivedi on DearCinema.com
Shubhra Gupta’s column His Visuals Talked.
Girish Shahane on Kaul and his cinema on his blog Shoot First, Mumble Later
Ode To A Guru by Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the IFFK.
An Interview with Mani Kaul by Tushar.
To Mani With Love by Neville Tulli.