Shyam Benegal

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Date of Birth : 14 December, 1934
Birthname : NA

Mini Biography :
Shyam Benegal (born 14 December, 1934) in Alwal, Secunderabad, then a British Cantonment) is a prolific Indian director. Benegal originated what has come to be called “middle cinema”. He graduated from Osmania University. He was initially involved in the advertising industry and produced over 900 advertisements before his interest turned to films.
His film directorial debut was Gher Betha Ganga in 1962. Benegal shot to fame with Ankur 1973, which introduced Shabana Azmi, who also starred in Nishant 1975. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8th August 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2005.

The success that New India Cinema enjoyed in the 1970s and early 1980s could largely be attributed to Shyam Benegal’s quartet Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977), which were artistically superior yet commercially viable films. Tapping fresh talent mainly from the FTII and NSD like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Amrish Puri, Benegal has made several sensitive and stimulating films.


Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
  2. Zubeidaa (2001)
  3. Hari-Bhari: Fertility (2000)
  4. Samar (1999)
  5. The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
  6. Sardari Begum (1996)
  7. Mammo (1994)
  8. Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993)
  9. Antarnaad (1991)
  10. Abode of Kings: Rajasthan (1990)
  11. Nature Symphony (1990)
  12. A Quilt of Many Cultures: South India (1990)
  13. “Bharat Ek Khoj” (1988) TV Series
  14. Susman (1987)
  15. “Katha Sagar” (1986) TV Series
  16. “Yatra” (1986) TV Series
  17. Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)
  18. Festival of India (1985)
  19. Nehru (1985)
  20. Vardan (1985)
  21. Animal Reproduction and Artificial Insemination in Bovines (1983)
  22. Mandi (1983)
  23. Sangathan (1983)
  24. Tata Steel: Seventy Five Years of the Indian Steel Industry (1983)
  25. Arohan (1982)
  26. Growth for a Golden Future (1982)
  27. Jawaharlal Nehru (1982)
  28. Satyajit Ray, Filmmaker (1982)
  29. Kalyug (1981)
  30. Pashu Palan (1979)
  31. Reaching Out to People (1979)
  32. Anugraham (1978)
  33. Junoon (1978)
  34. Kondura (1978)
  35. Bhumika: The Role (1977)
  36. New Horizons in Steel (1977)
  37. Epilepsy (1976)
  38. Manthan (1976)
  39. Tomorrow Begins Today: Industrial Research (1976)
  40. Nishaant (1975)
  41. Charandas Chor (1975)
  42. Hero (1975)
  43. The Quiet Revolution, Part 2 (1975)
  44. Ankur (1974)
  45. Bal Sansar (1974)
  46. Learning Modules for Rural Children (1974)
  47. The Quiet Revolution (1974)
  48. Violence: What Price? Who Pays? No. 5 (1974)
  49. You Can Prevent Burns (1974)
  50. Suhani Sadak (1973)
  51. Foundations of Progress (1972)
  52. Notes on the Green Revolution (1972)
  53. Power to the People (1972)
  54. The Raag Imam Kalyan (1972)
  55. Raga and Melody (1972)
  56. The Shruti and Graces of Indian Music (1972)
  57. The Pulsating Giant (1971)
  58. Steel: A Whole New Way of Life (1971)
  59. Tala and Rhythm (1971)
  60. Quest for a Nation (1970)
  61. Why Export? (1970)
  62. Flower Garden (1969)
  63. Horoscope for a Child (1969)
  64. Poovanam (1969)
  65. Indian Youth: An Exploration (1968)
  66. Sinhasta, or The Path to Immortality (1968)
  67. A Child of the Streets (1967)
  68. Close to Nature (1967)
  69. Gher Betha Ganga (1962)

As Producer :

  1. Sardari Begum (1996) (producer)
  2. Powaqqatsi (1988) (international producer: India)
  3. Susman (1987) (producer)

As writer :

  1. Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985) (screenplay) (story)
  2. Mandi (1983) (screenplay)
  3. Kalyug (1981) (screenplay)
  4. Anugraham (1978) (screen adaptation)
  5. Junoon (1978)
  6. Bhumika: The Role (1977) (screenplay)
  7. Manthan (1976) (story)
  8. Ankur (1974)
Nomination And Awards
Berlin International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1974 Nominated Golden Berlin Bear for: Ankur (1974)

Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1976 Nominated Golden Palm for: Nishaant (1975)

Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1980 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Junoon (1978)

Moscow International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1997 Nominated Golden St. George for: Sardari Begum (1996)

1981 Nominated Golden Prize for: Kalyug (1981)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Regional Film (Hindi)
for: Zubeidaa (2001)
Shared with:
Farouq Rattonsey (producer)

1986 Won Golden Lotus Award Best Direction
for: Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)

1978 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Screenplay
for: Bhumika: The Role (1977)
Shared with:
Satyadev Dubey
Girish Karnad

1975 Won Silver Lotus Award Second Best Film
for: Ankur (1974)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Nominated Screen Best Director
for: Zubeidaa (2001)

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