Arun Kaul

Arun Kaul

Pandit Arun Kaul

Pandit Arun Kaul
Pandit Arun Kaul

Cinecaste, Filmmaker,
TV Producer and Scriptwriter


Date and Place of Birth: 12 August, 1933, Srinagar, Kashmir
Harmony Award: For Electronic Media 1995, New Delhi
Best Original Screen Play: For 'Dharma Kshetra' (NFDC Award l986)
Other Awards: National Award: Best Hindi film Filmfare Critics Award - Best Director Two Awards in Annonay (France) Award Yug Shree Award/ Best Television Film


Doordarshan Directorate General, New Delhi

TURNING POINT: Commissioned serial 199l -1996
English, Hindi, Kashmiri, Bengali, Oriya, Malyalam, Kannada, Tamil and Gujrati versions:
Co-Produced by Doordarshan and Arun Kaul Productions.

Kashmir File weekly magazine Programme
In Hindi for DD-l, DD-INDIA, Regional Channel: 85 episodes.
In English for DD-CNNI 60 episodes.

Kashmir File is in the competitive Section, Geneva Festival,
North South Media Encounter: May '98.

50 years of Indian Independence: Doordarshan
Metamorphosis- India,
(in 4 parts) fictional Short features.

Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India):
Thrombinase in Betacam for NCSTC
'Our Herbs: Tulsi' for NCSTC
No Smoking: for NCSTC
Comet: Dhoomketu, Hindi for Vigyan Prasar

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts:
Redefining Art
60 minute documentary

News and Current Affairs: DD
Saga of Kamani Steel Workers
Constitution and you
Upra - the rootless (Documentary on Laxman Mane)
School that Jai Vakil built
Geneva Human Rights Commission - 1996
Beijing Conference - 1996
3 News stories on Chrar - e - Sharif
3 Stories on Amarnath Yatra tragedy

Documentaries on Art and Culture (for DD):
NARI NARAYANI Five celebrated women
Dr Usha Mehta, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Mrs Ela Bhatt,
Mrs Gul Bardhan, and Ms Lailu Writer.

Museum and Museology: (for DD)
Eight documentaries dealing with the cultural heritage preserved at Mathura, Gwalior, Roopankar (Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal), National Museum (New Delhi), Mani Bhavan - Gandhi Sangrahalaya (Bombay), Prince of Wales Museum (Bombay), and Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Bombay).

D.A.V.P. (Govt of India)
Jalianwala Baug (musical)
Qalam Likhti Nahin Itihaas (musical)

Documentaries for other agencies:
Documentary for Productivity Council
Documentary on Hindustan Steel
Indian Science Congress - Goa '92
Congress on Traditional Science and Technology '93
Drip Irrigation for IPCL

Video Documentaries for other Channels:
Kitne Aurangzeb
Aasteen Ka Saanp
G.R. Santosh
Kritigyata Yatra
Heritage of Kashmir (3 parts)
Collage 75

Freedom From Fear ? (Festival South Asia 1997)
(Competitive Section: MIFF - 1998)

Echoes of an Ethos (Information Section: MIFF - 1998

Kashmir - a perspective (Global meet London/ Geneva)

As Director/Producer of Feature Films:
DIKSHA (The initiation): Hindi film based on Kannada story by Dr U.R. Annanta Murty, Eastmancolour, 35 mm, 130 minutes, 1991

Panorama of Indian Cinema, Bangalore, 1992:
Selected by Directorate of Film Festival's National Jury for inclusion in the Festival.

BEST INDIAN FILM OF 1991: Selected by an All India Jury appointed by M.P.
Film Development Corporation Ltd., Bhopal. Cash Award of Rs 51,000 and a Trophy.

BEST HINDI FILM, NATIONAL AWARD, 1991: Rajat Kamal (Silver Medals) for both the Director and Producers, and a total cash award of Rs 30,000.

'FILMFARE' CRITICS AWARD, 1991: Best Directed Film.

'YUGSHREE' AWARD, 1991: Best Directed Film for Television.


  • Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan: Inaugural film of the Festival.
  • Montreal Film Festival, Canada, 1992.
  • Haifa Film Festival, Israel, 1992.
  • Annonay International Film Festival, France, 1993:
    Won two major awards:Le Prix du Public and La Prix du Counseil General de L'Ardeche, and a cash prize of FF 20,000.

PAKSHA, IN HINDI FOR MPFDC/MP-Madhyam, Bhopal (under production).

As Producer:

  • Ek Adhuri Kahani in Hindi, 1972.
    Directed by Mrinal Sen. The film was invited by Berlin Film Festival and shown in the category
    Internationales Forum des Jungen Films - 1973 as a film for the closing ceremony.
  • Bhuvan Shome in Hindi, associate producer with Mrinal Sen.
  • Andhi Gali in Hindi, executive producer of this film directed by Buddhadeb Das Gupta.

As Scriptwriter /Co-Scriptwriter (Films and TV):

  • Dharma-Kshetra, with Umesh Kalbag, winning Best Original Script Award of NFDC.
  • Diksha, a Hindi film based on Kannada short story by Dr U.R. Annanta Murty.
  • Mrigya, a Hindi film with Mrinal Sen.
  • Ashwamedher Ghora, Jointly with Shanker Bhattacharya.
  • Sampark, a Hindi film.
  • Kaal Chakra, a film in Hindi.
  • Prakop, a film in Hindi.
  • Chandni, a Hindi film directed and produced by Yash Chopra.
  • Ijazat, Lekin, Zevar, three Hindi films with Gulzar.
  • Ghalib, serial in association with Gulzar.
  • Noopur, a 13 part serial by Hema Malini.
  • Karma Bhoomi, a 17 part serial on Prem Chand's novel.
  • Khazana, a 6 part serial by Yash Chopra.

Accreditation and Empanelment

  • Doordarshan Directorate General - both as Director and Producer for documentary, science programme, and fiction.
  • Films Division, I&B Ministry, Bombay.
  • DAVP, I&B Ministry, New Delhi.
  • CIET/NCERT, New Delhi.
  • All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.
  • Department of Science and Technology. Govt. of India, New Delhi. NCSTC and Vigyan Prasar
  • Department of Culture, HRD Ministry Govt. of India.
  • Ministry of Agriculture Govt. Of India.
  • Ministry of Railways.
  • Department of Ocean Development, GOI, New Delhi.
  • Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
  • All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.
  • National Film Development Corporation Ltd., Bombay.
  • MP Film Development Corporation Ltd./ M.P. Madhyam, Bhopal.

Other Activities:

  • Member, Script Committee, NFDC, Bombay.
  • Ex-Member, Films Censor Board, 3 terms.
  • Jury Member, National Film Awards Jury, 1968.
  • Jury Member, Filmfare Awards, Documentary Section, 1969.
  • Jury Member, Indian documentary Producers' Association Awards, 1990.
  • Jury Member, AIR Anmlal Awards, 1990.
  • Jury Member, National Awards, (Documentary and Short Films), 1991.
  • Jury Member, Panorama of India Cinema, (Shots and Documentaries), 1992.
  • Jury Member, National Awards, Feature Films, 1994.
  • Member, CICAE (International Conlederation of Art and Experimental Film Theatres) representing Asia, 3 terms.
  • Member, Jury, Mannheim Film Festival, 1972.
  • Consultant General on Indian Participation, Venice Film Festival, 1972
  • Represented India as Leader of the Delegation to Karlovy Vary, Venice, Locarno, Annonay, Fukuoka and Mannheim Festivals.
  • Founder Secretary, Indian Film Directors' Association (1958 - 1972)
  • Founder Secretary Film Forum: (1964 - 1973)
  • Leader Film Society Movement for 16 years.
  • Founder: 'Film Niryat' and 'Forum for Better Cinema'.
  • Member, National Executive, Federation of Film Societies of India, 1964-72.
  • Member, SAARC Film Directors Delegation 1973


  • Indian Film Directors' Association, Bombay.
  • Indian Documentary Producers' Association, Bombay.
  • Film Writers' Association, Bombay.
  • Association of Motion Picture & TV Programme Producers, Bombay.
  • Filmmakers Combhle, Bombay.
  • Radio & TV Advertising Practitioners Association of India Ltd. Bombay.
  • Advertisers' Club, Bombay.

  • Development Communicators' Forum, New Delhi.
  • Indian Heritage Society.
  • Heritage Trust.
  • Indian Science Writers' Association, New Delhi.
  • International Society of Naturalists.
  • Vishveshwaranand Indological Research Institute. (Life Member)
  • Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune. (Life Member)
  • INTACH. (Life Member)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature,
    Bombay Natural History Society.
  • Kalpa Vriksha.
  • Lokayan.
  • Indian Meteorological Society.
  • India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • The India Club, London.
  • India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

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