SHYAM BENEGAL

  • Shabana Azmi: Have always called Shyam Benegal as my reluctant guru December 14, 2014

    Mumbai: On the 80th birthday of director Shyam Benegal on Sunday, veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi says the 'reluctant guru' has influenced her choices. She made her debut in 1974 with Benegal's 'Ankur' and thanked him for being a 'generous friend'. "Happy birthday to my guru mentor #Shyam Benegal. Thank you for...
  • Mani Ratnam's Tamil romantic-drama 'Okay Kanmani' is almost complete December 9, 2014

    Chennai: Filmmaker Mani Ratnam seemed to have shot upcoming Tamil romantic-drama 'Okay Kanmani' at such a breakneck speed that it's almost complete. It is touted to be his quickest project. The film's shooting started in October. The film's cinematographer P.C. Sreeram recently tweeted: "Travelling time to reach our next destination. Mani...
  • Dia Mirza, Shyam Benegal, Sania Mirza kickstart National Children's Film Festival November 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The first edition of the National Children's Film Festival began here today on children's day with a glittering ceremony attended by acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal, actress Dia Mirza and tennis star Sania Mirza. The three-day event was inaugurated by Union Minister of Finance and Information and Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley. Dia,...
  • For commercial films, no one better than Shah Rukh can be the right guide for Vivaan: Naseeruddin Shah October 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah who was Monday present at the 16th MAMI film festival says he has watched his son Vivaan's film "Happy New Year" and has enjoyed it and claims it's a "paisa wasool" film. He also says for commercial films, no one can be better than Shah...
  • Naseeruddin Shah: I don't depend on the film industry. I don't have any friends in the industry. I don't owe the film industry anything September 29, 2014

    I finished actor Naseeruddin Shah's memoir 'And Then One Day' in a day, reading late into the night, fascinated by the brutal honesty in his recollection of his relationships and the years of struggle before he made it as an actor in Mumbai. I met him in Delhi and he...
  • Shyam Benegal urges Prithviraj Chavan to save Subhash Ghai's film institute July 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Shyam Benegal Saturday urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to intervene and save Whistling Woods International Institute for Film, Fashion and Communication, founded and run by film director Subhash Ghai from closure. "Whistling Woods has, over the years, got itself an enviable reputation for being among the best institutions...
  • Samvidhaan: Watch the first episode of Shyam Benegal's TV show March 3, 2014

    The first episode of Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal's TV show 'The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India - Samvidhaan' was telecast on Rajya Sabha channel on March 2. 'Samvidhaan' is a series which will sketch the making of the Indian constitution. The show stars Dalip Tahil, Divya...
  • Correct time to bring TV show 'Samvidhaan', says Shyam Benegal March 1, 2014

    Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal's TV show 'The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India - Samvidhaan' will depict the difference between the way debates were conducted in the parliament post Independence, and the way they take place now. He says "it is something to learn from". 'Samvidhaan' is...
  • To be felicitated by Prime Minister was a cherished moment: Divya Dutta February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Actress Divya Dutta recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the screening of Shyam Benegal's 'Samvidhaan The Making of the Constitution of India'. It turned out to be a cherishable moment for her. "What an honour to be a part of Shyam Benegal's 'Samvidhaan', screened at the Parliament...
  • 'Samvidhaan' is not just for the present generation: Shyam Benegal January 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who is helming a 10part mini series titled The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India Samvidhaan based on the Indian constitution, says he is not just targeting the present generation. He further added that the film is an important piece of historical...
  • Popularity no indication of a good film: Shyam Benegal January 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Towering box office collections are not the right parameter to declare that a movie is good, says filmmaker Shyam Benegal, known for his masterpieces like 'Ankur' and 'Mandi'. "Popularity does not indicate that a film is good. It just shows that it is popular. It does not indicate anything else,"...
  • 'The Lunchbox' selected for Asia Pacific Screen Awards November 12, 2013

    Melbourne: Director Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox' is among the four Indian films that have been nominated in the Seventh Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) this year. The awards will be held in Brisbane next month. According APSA official statement, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the names of 39 films...
  • Shabana Azmi to head for Florence for a retrospective October 27, 2013

    Mumbai: Actress Shabana Azmi is set to head for the prestigious River To River film festival in Florence, starting Nov 22, where best of her works, including Shyam Benegal's 'Ankur', Mahesh Bhatt's 'Arth', Vinay Shukla's 'Godmother' and Deepa Mehta's 'Fire', will be screened. That isn't all. Cristina Scaletti, Tuscany's regional councillor...
  • Samvidhaan: Shyam Benegal's TV series on Indian constitution September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who was behind famous the TV show Bharat Ek Khoj, is returning to small screen again with Samvidhaan, a 10part miniseries revolving around the making of Indian Constitution. The 78yearold director is currently working on the miniseries in Film City in Mumbai. The series will...
  • Andhra's division is the beginning of the problems: Benegal July 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Noted director and screen writer Shyam Benegal who hails from Hyderabad, claims that culturally, there has always been a separation between Telangana and other areas of Andhra. He terms the division as a complex matter and says that there has been a lot of investment by the people...
  • Shyam Benegal talks about Rituparno Ghosh's contribution to cinema May 30, 2013

    Rituparno Ghosh came to prominence with his 1994 film 'Unishe April'. He won multiple National Awards and several acclaimed international awards. He died in Kolkata this morning. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal talks about Ghosh's contribution to cinema. ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan gets Andhra state awards March 24, 2013

    Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government Saturday announced Amitabh Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Kaikala Satyanarayana and G. Adiseshagiri Rao have been selected for four prestigious state awards for 2012 for their contribution to Indian cinema. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was selected for the N.T. Rama Rao National Award for his contribution to cinema as...
  • Shyam Benegal addresses film making students February 14, 2013

    Veteran film maker, Shyam Benegal, who has received the prestigious ANR award recently, has addressed the students at Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM). "Besides learning all the disciplines of film making, young film makers have to keep on observing the world around you. You have to watch, listen...
  • A good filmmaker should have clear context: Shyam Benegal February 12, 2013

    Hyderabad: It is how one contextualises a thing that makes the difference between a good film and a bad film, believes Shyam Benegal, the director of many good films. He feels much of the communication today is not genuine and honest. "Look at television. Everything is Breaking News and you will find...
  • The ANR Award is special for me: Shyam Benegal February 12, 2013

    Shyam Benegal, the famous Indian film director, who has won many awards for his for his contribution to Indian cinema said in a press meet that, out of all the awards he has received, the ANR national award is special for him as he has received it in his...
  • Veteran director Shyam Benegal receives the ANR Award February 11, 2013

    Veteran director of Indian film industry Shyam Benegal was awarded with the ANR Award for the year 2012, at an event held at N Convention Center in Hyderabad on February 9, 2013. The Central minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari, CM C Kiran Kumar Reddy, T Subbarami Reddy,...
  • Watch: Imtiaz Ali talks about films that have inspired him November 24, 2012

    Director Imtiaz Ali says Shyam Benegal's 'Junoon' is one his favourite films and he believes that the movie has inspired him in many ways. Imtiaz says for him 'Junoon' is like the history of romance. ...
  • Bollywood calls for revamp of certification rules October 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Members of the film fraternity today erupted into a debate about the process of film certification in the country, calling for a revamp in the constitution of the CBFC and The Cinematograph Act of 1952. Industry stalwarts like Mukesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy, Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra and Shabana Azmi...
  • Mumbai film fest to offer the best of world cinema October 17, 2012

    New Delhi: From awardwinning film French drama 'Love' to Japanese film 'Like Someone in Love' to silent movies and much more the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, starting Thursday, promises to entertain movie buffs with a mixed platter of some of the best films from across the world. The eightday fest...
  • Actors who played Gandhi with elan on big screen October 2, 2012

    Chennai: Those belonging to the Millennial Generation have learned about the Father of the Nation whose 143rd birth anniversary India celebrates Tuesday either through books or films. Many feel that the visual medium has a greater impact and on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, IANS lists some of the actors who...
  • People should demand good films: Farooque Sheikh August 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Its the 100th year of Indian cinema, and Delhi celebrated the undying spirit of the film industry in its own way. The PHD Chamber of Commerce in association with the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, organised a one day film...
  • B'wood stars vs actors: Why the twain can't meet June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: It was allegedly something that Shah Rukh Khan had stated to film critic Anupama Chopra in a moment of rare seriousness that set me thinking. The starsystem is really the reason for Bollywood being so big. Without stars, the industry would have been flattened by Hollywood,...
  • Madhur Bhandarkar honoured for promoting Hindi June 21, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil Wednesday honoured filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar with Ganga Sharan Singh Award along with Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad for their contribution to Hindi cinema. The filmmakers were presented with the award at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. The award comprises of a certificate and a cheque of Rs 1...