Theatrical release poster
Directed byMani Kaul
Written byMani Kaul and Sharmistha Mohanty
Based on"The Meek One" a short story
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Produced byNFDC
StarringShekhar Kapur
Shambhavi Kaul and Surekha Sikri
CinematographyRafey Mehmood
Edited byLalitha Krishna
Music byVikram Joglekar and D. Wood
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
84 minutes

Nazar (The Gaze) is a 1991 Hindi-language film based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1876 short story, "The Meek One".[1] The film produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) was directed by Mani Kaul and starred his daughter Shambhavi Kaul[2] with Shekhar Kapur and Surekha Sikri.[3]

The film travelled to international festivals like the Birmingham Film Festival in UK, Fribourg Film Festival in Germany, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Lisbon Film Festival in Portugal, Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, London Film Festival in UK, Rotterdam Film Festival in Netherlands, Festival des 3 Continents at Nantes in France and the Seattle Film Festival in United States.[4]


A dealer lives in a spacious flat in a multi-storied building in Mumbai with his aunt. Though middle-aged himself, he marries a 17-year-old orphan girl and brings her home. The film starts off with the young wife committing suicide. He recollects what went before that and what might have moved her to end her life.[2][3]



  1. ^ Sharmistha Mohanti (1 August 2011). "Requiem For A Vision". The Caravan. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The Films of Mani Kaul". Seventh Art. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Nazar". IMDb. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Nazar - A Mani Kaul Film". YouTube. Retrieved 2 July 2015.