Mumbai, February 02: Veteran film maker Shyam Benegal shall be conferred upon with the V Shantaram Lifetim Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Shorts & Animation Films – MIFF 2018. The award carrying a Trophy, a shawl, citation and cash prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakh) will be presented by the Governor of Maharashtra, C Vidyasagar Rao at the MIFF 2018 Valedictory Function at NCPA on Saturday.
An independent committee comprising Rahul Rawail, Kiran Shantaram, Prasoon Joshi, Bharathi Pradhan and Vinod Anupam unanimously recommended the name of Shyam Benegal for the award, taking note of his significant contribution to the growth and sustenance of documentary movements in India.
Shyam Benegal (Image source: Wikipedia)
One of the leading and widely respected filmmakers of India, Benegal is known for making thought provoking films that centred around contemporary Indian experience. He is credited with pioneering new cinema in the country.
It must be noted that Benegal has made 28 feature films including landmark films like Ankur, Nishant, Mandi and Junoon. His filmography also includes 41 documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects including cultural anthropology, sustainable growth, biopic, art and culture. His 1982 documentary ‘Satyajit Ray‘ won the National Award for Best Biographical Film, while his 1985 film ‘Nehru‘ won the award for Best Historical Reconstruction.
His work on television consists of several popular series including the 53 part series Bharat Ek Khoj, first broadcast on Doordarshan in 1988. He also made the much acclaimed “Samvidhaan – The Making of the Constitution of India“.