The city of Joy

Created in 1401, Mandu is an example of the composite Hindu-Muslim culture of North India. Jain Kalpa Sutras and beautiful miniatures of the era testify to the liberal and open-minded atmosphere of the sultanate. Its architecture combines features such as domes of Islamic origin with brackets and a circulation system of Hindu origin.

The marvel of Mandu’s conception lies in the merging of water and landscape with architecture.

Sequences with a commentary that analyses the architecture, alternate with sequences with character dialogues and miniature paintings evoking the life in the palaces.

Classical North Indian music, Sufi and Jain hymns as well as Persian classical music accompany the images.

Format: Beta SP
Running Time: 31 Minutes
Language: English

festivals & press


Certificate of Honorary Mention: Columbus Film Festival, Ohio, USA.
Prix Information Architecturale: UNESCO Film Fest on art & education, Paris, France


UNESCO Film Fest on art & education, Paris, France.
Columbus Film Festival, Ohio, USA.
Chicago film festival, USA

press reviews

Manu Rewal’s documentary on Mandu brings alive a bygone era known for its saga of passion…

Manu Rewal’s camera brilliantly captures the close connection Jahaz Mahal has with two lakes, Munj Talab and Kapur Talab, the beauty of its halls and pavilions, its Hawa ghars on the roof terrace, its central entrance defined by white marble with black inlay and its two amazing swimming pools…

Director Manu Rewal has made use of the miniature paintings adding dialogue aptly to recreate an exotic era buried in the sands of history…

M.C RAJA NARAYANAN The Hidustan Times, January 10,1997


Writer, Director & Producer Manu Rewal
English Commentary Renuka Khandekar & Manu Rewal
Urdu Dialogues Sarfaraz A. Siddiqui
English Voice Over Inder Misra
Music Shubha Mudgal
Camera Pradeep Kumar
On-line Editing Vibhuti Nath Jha
Off-line Editing Manu Rewal
Track Laying & Mixing Puneet Sharma
Music Recording Maitrey Dwivedi
VO Recording & Sound Efx Samar Siddiqui
Graphics Sapna Mahajan & Ritesh Kunwar
Architectural Consultant Raj Rewal
Research Assistant Ajay Khanna
Production Assistant Jacob Mathew
Production Company Duniya Vision (India) Pvt.Ltd.


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