Anant Nag
(Movies & TV)
Habib Tanvir
Richard Attenborough
(Movies & TV)
Jawaharlal Nehru
Karisma Kapoor
Mario Miranda
(Movies & TV)

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Shyam Benegal

Knowledge Identifier: +Shyam_Benegal


Shyam Benegal

Indian director and screenwriter add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1934.

Countries: India (89%), United Kingdom (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Anant Nag, Habib Tanvir, Richard Attenborough

Linked to: Film and Television Institute of India, National Film Development Corporation of India, Nizam College, Osmania University




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Shyam Benegal was born in 1934 add something


He started his career working in 1959, as a copywriter, at a Bombay-based advertising agency, Lintas Advertising, where he steadily rose to become a creative head add something


Meanwhile, Benegal made his first documentary in Gujarati, "Gher Betha Ganga" in 1962 add something


In 1963 he started a brief stint with another advertising agency called ASP add something


After returning to Bombay, he received independent financing and "Ankur" was finally made in 1973 add something


Anant Nag - Shyam Benegal introduced him into Hindi cinema in his 1973 film "Ankur"


Eventually he used many of these children in his feature length rendition of the classic folk tale "Charandas Chor" in 1975 add something


The film introduced actors Shabana Azmi and Anant Nag and won Benegal the 1975 National Film award for Second Best Feature Film add something


He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991 add something


Satyadev Dubey - He won the 1978 National Film *award for Best Screenplay for Shyam Benegal's "Bhumika" and 1980 Filmfare Best Dialogue *award for "Junoon"


Deepti Naval - She did a role in Shyam Benegal's 1978 film "Junoon"


Malihabad - The 1978 Urdu film was produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Shyam Benegal and was a hit of its time


He served as the Director of the National Film Development Corporation from 1980 to 1986 add something


In the 1980s, with the collapse of the New Cinema movement, Benegal's films did not have proper releases add something


"Kalyug" was based on the "Mahabharata" and was not a big hit although both won Filmfare Best Movie awards in 1980 and 1982 respectively add something


Habib Tanvir - Later, he collaborated with Shyam Benegal, when he adapted the play to a feature length film, by the same name, starring Smita Patil and Lalu Ram. In 1980, he directed the play "Moti Ram ka Satyagraha" for Janam on the request of Safdar Hashmi


Jawaharlal Nehru - The canonical performance is probably that of Roshan Seth, who played him three times: in Richard Attenborough's 1982 film "Gandhi", Shyam Benegal's 1988 television series "Bharat Ek Khoj", based on Nehru's "The Discovery of India", and in a 2007 TV film entitled "The Last Days of the Raj"


Leela Naidu - She returned to cinema in 1985 to play a Goan matriarch in Shyam Benegal's period film, "Trikaal"


Mario Miranda - This house features in the 1985 Shyam Benegal film, "Trikaal"


In 1992, he made "Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda" based on a novel by Dharmavir Bharati, which won the 1993 National Film award for Best Feature Film in Hindi add something


In 1996 he made another film based on a book, "The Making of the Mahatma", based on Fatima Meer's, "The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma" add something


Karisma Kapoor - In 2001, she achieved further critical acclaim for her portrayal of the title role in Shyam Benegal's "Zubeidaa"


On 8 August 2007, Benegal was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2005 add something


In 2008 his film "Welcome to Sajjanpur", starring Shreyas Talpade and Amrita Rao was released to a good response add something


In March 2010, Benegal released the political satire "Well Done Abba" add something


Prasoon Joshi - Joshi was part of the select three member Core Creative Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth Games 2010, with Shyam Benegal and Javed Akhtar


Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal is making his come back on small screen with Samvidhaan, a 10-part mini-series revolving around the making of Indian Constitution on Rajya Sabha TV, coming soon in 2013 or later add something


Benegal is making his come back on the small screen with "'Samvidhaan"', a 10-part mini-series revolving around the making of Indian Constitution to be aired on Rajya Sabha TV from 2 March 2014 add something


He was awarded the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award at the 2018 Mumbai International Film Festival add something