Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal is a director and screenwriter. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991.On 8 August 2007, Benegal was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005. He has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the “middle cinema” in India.

Top must watch Shyam Benegal movies:

1) Ankur (1974)

Lakshmi and Kishtayya are happily married. They belong to the Dalit tribe. Surya, the village landlord’s son, gets intimate with Lakshmi, which damages her reputation and his position.


Watch it for:

Amazing perfomance by Shabana Azmi, Beautiful Story

2) Bhumika (1977)

A talented girl from a poor family becomes a successful singer and actress. Being married and having a girl, she has an affair with her co-star, producer and a wealthy married man who has a son.

Watch it for:

Stellar cast, Lifetime performance by Smita Patil for which she got a National Award.

3) Manthan (1976)

 A veterinarian, Dr. Rao, makes a visit to a village, where he intends to commence a co-operative society dairy for the betterment of the rural people.

Watch it for:

Superb Starcast, Outstanding Screenplay

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