Director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal is today considered the father of the ‘New Wave’ in Indian cinema. With a career spanning 50 years, his documentaries as well as his features are the work of a highly accomplished and deeply humanitarian filmmaker, unflinching in his critique of sexual and social inequality. The South Asian Cinema Foundation, in partnership with the Nehru Centre, presented him with the SACF Excellence in Cinema Award. Benegal and film historian, filmmaker and SACF director Lalit Mohan Joshi discussed a rich, enduring career, and the conversation included clips and an opportunity for the director to take questions from the audience.
Sat 9 June 13:30 NFT1 Bhumika (The Role) 1977
Dir. Shyam Benegal With Smita Patil and Amol Palekar 143min. Hindi & Urdu with EST. PG.
Sat 9 June 16:15 NFT1 SACF Excellence in Cinema Award to Shyam Benegal
Benegal discussed his life and work with SACF Director, Lalit Mohan JoshiJoshi
Sun 10 June 13:00 NFT3
Bhumika Masterclass with Shyam Benegal conducted by Prof. Rosie Thomas
Share the director’s view on the making of this masterpiece.
As a counterpoint to critical or academic perspectives, people joined this masterclass and shared a film director’s own insight into the making of this major work. Taking a shot-by-shot look at fragments of Bhumika, director Shyam Benegal reflected on some of the key creative and practical challenges in the production process of this remarkable film.
Sun 10 June 17:45 NFT2
Junoon (Obsession) 1978
Dir. Shyam Benegal. With Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Ismat Chughtai, Nafisa Ali
134 mins. Hindi & Urdu with EST.
Mon 11 June 14:30: House of Lords, Committee Room 1
Benegal released Jaal: The Book one of the Kaal Trilogy, 2012
A new novel by Sangeeta Bahadur (By Invitation only)
Mon 11 June 18:30 : Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
Phalke Memorial Lecture: “New Indian Cinema Circa 2012” by Shyam Benegal. FREE
Benegal opened SACF’s Shyam Benegal Exhibition curated by Dr Kusum Pant
Joshi with Uttara S. Joshi.