Renowned Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal
is to visit Sri Lanka on the invitation of the India-Sri
|Renowned Indian filmmaker Shyam
During his short stay Mr. Benegal will
deliver a lecture on "Secularism in Indian Cinema"
on Tuesday September 26 at 5 pm at the Auditorium, Bandaranaike
Centre for International Studies, BMICH. The lecture
will follow a special screening of the film 'The Making
of the Mahatma'.
The prolific Indian director originated
what has come to be called "middle cinema".
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. 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