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.
As Director :
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
Hari-Bhari: Fertility (2000)
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
Sardari Begum (1996)
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993)
Abode of Kings: Rajasthan (1990)
Nature Symphony (1990)
A Quilt of Many Cultures: South India (1990)
“Bharat Ek Khoj” (1988) TV Series
“Katha Sagar” (1986) TV Series
“Yatra” (1986) TV Series
Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)
Festival of India (1985)
Animal Reproduction and Artificial Insemination in Bovines (1983)
Tata Steel: Seventy Five Years of the Indian Steel Industry (1983)