Avijit Mukul Kishore Cinematographer & Documentary Film-maker from India
Avijit Mukul Kishore or Mukul, as he prefers to be called, is a film director and cinematographer based in Mumbai (India) though his interests cover other aspects of film-making as well.
Mukul was born in Lucknow (India) on 29 August 1969. He grew up in Delhi studying at Salwan Public school and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. He is a graduate in history from Hindu college of New Delhi. During 1987-1992, he worked with Feisal Alkazi's Music Theatre Workshop, as well as working for programmes aimed at children and adolescents on Doordarshan, the Indian state TV channel.
After a course of cinematography at the Film and Television Training Institute (FTII) in Pune (India) in 1995, he came to Mumbai. In a short span of time, he has built up an impressive portfolio of work as a cameraman, some of which has been shown at international film festivals and has won critical acclaim.
Mukul has worked as a cameraman with some very well-known Indian TV programmes such as Kaun Banega Karorpati, Rendezvous and Kamzor Kadi Kaun. He is also involved in teaching of students interested in documentary film-making. In 2003, he made his first film as a director, Snapshots of a family album. Since then he has directed & filmed two more films: Vertical city (2011) and To Let in the World in (2013).He also writes at the FTII's almuni association's online magazine, GraFTII. Avijit Mukul Kishore has been involved in lot of documentary films. "I don't remember all of them", he says. This page presents information about some of his work as director and as cameraman for documentary and feature films.
Another film "Certified Universal" with camera and direction by Avijit Mukul was presented at Berlinale 2010 (on right, poster of this film).
In a recent conversation (May 2013) Mukul shared some information about his new work: "I have just completed a long film on contemporary art in India. It is called 'To let the world in'. Its first part features twelve artists while the second part features 16 artists. It will premier at the Sheffield Docfest, on 13th and 14th June 2013."
Avijit Mukul Kishore can be contacted at: avimuk(at)yahoo.com and through his facebook page.
Why I like Mukul
From Indian Express, 14 May 2004
“Be it theatre, art or documentary, his approach fits all genres – he’s very multi-disciplined”, says documentary film-maker Madhushree Datta, who worked with him on many films including 'Scribbles for Akka'.
“He’s one of the most sensitive cameraman I’ve ever worked with. His patience and calm approach makes everyone relaxed in front of the camera”, says artist Nalini Malani who has worked with him for eight of her projects and plans Cornucopia, a video installation.
"He’s not just a cameraman. He has an aesthetic sense which coalesces with mine”, says artist Vivek Sundaram, who worked with Mukul for his latest video installation 'Tracking'.
Some of Avijit Mukul Kishore's Films
- To let the world in - directed and filmed by Avijit Mukul Kishore (2013)
- Vertical City - directed and filmed by Avijit Mukul Kishore (2011)
- 7 islands and a metro (2006)
- Where's Sandra? (2006)
- John & Jane (2005)
- From here to here (2005)
- Many people, many desires (2004)
- Made in India (2004)
- Thirst (2004)
- Snapshots from a family album (2003)
- Kali Salwar (2001)
- Scribbles on Akka (2000)
- Sundari - an actor prepares (1999)
- Kumar talkies (1999)
Other documentary film makers
Check the full list of articles about films on Kalpana.it including some other documentary film makers from India.