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Benegal, Shyam 1934-

Works: 85 works in 295 publications in 5 languages and 2,788 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical films  Film adaptations  Interviews  Comedy films  History  Motion pictures  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical films 
Roles: Director, Interviewer, Author, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, Producer, Narrator, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Film editor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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The music room by Satyajit Ray( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in Bengali and English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years, now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India's most popular musicians of the day
Ankur Ankur = (the seedling) by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

23 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in Hindi and English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Values clash as loyalties are tried and tested in a rural Indian setting. Class conflict of the idle-rich landowning class against toiling peasants is dramatized in a brief extra-marital liaison between an attractive village laborer and her young employer
Well done Abba( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in Hindi and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mumbai-based businessman Rahul Singh decides to fire his chauffeur, Armaan Ali, who has returned to work after being absent without authorization for about two months. Armaan pleads to reinstate him and offers to drive him to Pune, to which Rahul wearily relents. It is during this journey that Armaan offers an explanation to his employer as to why he was absent from work. First to try and get his Chikatpally-based feisty daughter, Muskan, married. Next to drill a well on his property in this parched region where theft of water is common, and finally to comically try and stay below the poverty line in order to get benefits under the Kapildhara scheme. His tale includes his arrest at the hands of the local police, his truant twin, Rehman, and the mysterious 'theft' of his well.--IMDb
Welcome to Sajjanpur by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mahadev is one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur. His ambition is to be a novelist but he finds it easier to make a living by writing letters sitting next to the post office. His ability to write persuasive letters makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town. Aware of this power, he soon uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not such amusing results. With this as the narrative frame, Welcome to Sajjanpur shows in an entertaining, musical and comic way, characters and events that are at once hilarious and poignant. A delightful satirical take on a contemporary Indian village
Bhumika The Role by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

16 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in Hindi and Multiple languages and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Usha rises fast in the film world and eventually becomes a well known actress. She is influenced by four men she meets at various points in her life: her first husband, Keshav; the narcissistic male co-star, Rajan; the effete filmmaker, Sunil Verma; and the landowner, Kale, whose second wife she eventually becomes
Mandi by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a whore house in a remote town which becomes the bone of contention between political and business interests
The making of the Mahatma( Visual )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Hindi and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of barrister Gandhi's twenty-one year struggle (1893-1914) in South Africa which made him the Mahatma
Mammo by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in Hindi and English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Mammo is a nickname given to Mehmooda Begum by her sisters. She is one of three sisters. She marries a man from Lahore. After partition, she and her husband automatically become Pakistani citizens. Although childless, her marriage is a happy one until her husband dies and leaves her to the mercy of his relatives. In the bickering over property matters, Mammo is thrown out of the house. She has no other relatives in Pakistan. Her only kin are the two sisters who live in India. Mammo manages to get a visitor's visa and comes to Bombay to live with her sister. Her sister Fayyazi has a grandson, an orphaned boy of thirteen. Mammo has decided that she will live with them for the rest of her life. She manages to extend her visa on one excuse or another for a period of time. When that is no longer possible, a tout, for consideration of money contrives to get her name erased from the foreigner's registration office. Her future in India now secure, she can spend the rest of her days in peace. However, this is not to be. The culprit in the registration office is soon found out. All illegal aliens are rounded up. Mammo is one of them. Within twenty four hours, she is deported by train to Pakistan where she has neither relations, friends nor a place to live
Zubeidaa Zubeidā( Visual )

8 editions published in 2001 in Hindi and English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riyaz researches and investigates his mother's life by interviewing those who knew and remember her. Through severalflashbacks Zubeida's life-story is reconstructed---a young muslim woman from an affluent and sophisticated Bombay background, pressured into an early marriage by her family, divorced, a whirlwind romance and remarriage to the scion of a royal line. She is a junior wife, and is both in awe as well as jealous of Mandira Devi, her souten or co-wife. Riyaz's project results in a nostalgic costume drama set in the 1950's, depicting the lifestyles of royal families, the hard work entailed in being a royal princess, the relationship of royalty to their subjects, and some of the social and religious tensions of the post Independence years
Hari-Bhari Fertility by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in Hindi and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of five women of a Shaikh Muslim Landholding family who live in a "Qasba" which is in a semi-rural area of Badayun District, Western Uttar Pradesh. Hasina is an ailing matriarch in a joint family which is run by her older son Khaleel Ahmed and his perpetually pregnant wife Najma. Hasina's daughter Ghazala comes to stay with her after being driven out by her husband Munir who blames her for not giving him a son. Her teenaged daughter Salma shuttles between her father's and grandmother Hasina's house depending on Munir's erratic moods. The bittersweet events taking place in the house during the course of several months constitutes the story of the film
Junoon by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

15 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in Hindi and English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857, features the doomed romance between a Pathan and an Anglo-Indian woman. Explores ethnic, class, and religious differences
Seventh horse of the sun( Visual )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in Hindi and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During his free time in the afternoons, Manek entertains his friends in his house with stories. Love stories of three women from his past -- Jamuna, a middle-class girl, is in love with her lower-caste neighbor, Tanna, but eventually marries a rich, kindly man; Lily, an educated girl ends up marrying Tanna and resents being in her marriage; Satti, an impoverished girl, dreams of love but is sold by her adopted father to a repulsive and much older man. Each story is told separately but linked together by connecting incidents, which are told from different angles, creating a tapestry of characters and experiences, and an interesting construct for the film. This film is based on Dharmavir Bharati's novel of the same title
Benegal on Ray : Satyajit Ray, a film by Shyam Benegal( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kal yug Kala yuga = Kalyug( Visual )

16 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in Hindi and English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the conflicts within an industrial dynasty in India, with events taking a tragic turn. Includes elements of the Mahabharata set in modern-day society
Nishānt Night's end( Visual )

9 editions published between 1975 and 2004 in Hindi and English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Tendulkar's original play which apparently was inspired by an actual event. A story of injustice centring around a tyrant landlord, a schoolteacher and the teacher's wife in an Indian village
Trikal past, present, future( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in Hindi and English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1961 Goa, this is a story of a rich and influential Goan family and what happens to them over a period of time. The movie is narrated in past-tense by one of the friends of the family
Niśānta Nishānt : night's end( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Hindi and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wealthy zamindar and his brothers dominate a village and treat the villagers as slaves. The brothers abduct the wife of a village schoolmaster. He reacts by stirring up an uprising among the villagers who eventually strike back and kill most members of the zamindar family
Antarnaad inner voice( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in Hindi and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is about the true life experiences of two villages and the trasformation that occured through Swadhyaya activity
Koṇḍūrā mānasa kā maharshi = Konḍurā : mānasa kā maharshī( Visual )

4 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in Hindi and English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kondura is the story of a young brahmin, Parasuram, torn between the horns of a dilemma -his free will and the belief in the predestined nature of existence. Parasuram's elder brother who supports the family is incensed by Parasuram's inability to do anything useful. Parasuram runs away from home to make his fortune in the city"--Container
Govind Nihalani( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprises interviews with and articles on the work of Govind Nihalani, Indian film maker
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Benegal, Shyam

Benegala, Śyāma, 1934-

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal 1934-....

Shyam Benegal director del cine de la India

Shyam Benegal Indiaas filmregisseur

Shyam Benegal Indian director and screenwriter

Shyam Benegal indischer Filmregisseur

Shyam Benegal réalisateur, producteur et scénariste indien

Shyam Benegal regista indiano

Бенегал, Шьям

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شیام بنگال سیاست‌مدار، نویسنده، و کارگردان هندی

شیام بینیگل

श्याम बेनेगल

শ্যাম বেনেগাল

ਸ਼ਿਆਮ ਬੇਨੇਗਲ

ଶ୍ୟାମ ବେନେଗଲ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ଓ ପଟ୍ଟକଥା ଲେଖକ

சியாம் பெனகல்

శ్యామ్ బెనగళ్

ಶ್ಯಾಮ್ ಬೆನಗಲ್

ശ്യാം ബെനഗൽ

Bollywood Babylon : interviews with Shyam Benegal