Filmography

Shyam Benegal entered the arena of the Hindi film industry with his first feature film, Ankur which was widely appreciated by the masses & the critics and was also felicitated with prestigious awards. Since then there has been no looking back for this immensely talented director. Till date, he has created an array of thought provoking films that catapulted Indian talent in the international platform of film industry.

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Well Done Abba (2009)

144 min - Colour

Synopsis:

This is the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working for a senior executive in Mumbai. He takes a month's leave to find a husband for his teenage daughter, who lives near Hyderabad. When he is delayed and returns to work after three months, his employer threatens to sack him.

Cast:

Boman Irani (Armaan Ali / Rehman Ali)
Minissha Lamba (Muskan Ali)
Sammir Dattani (Arif Ali)
Ravi Kishan (Vikas Jha - Sub engineer)

Awards
  • Won the 2009 National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues
Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)

131 min - Colour

Synopsis:

An educated man spends his days writing letters for the varied inhabitants of his small, poor, and illiterate village, in this political and social satire.

Cast:

Shreyas Talpade (Mahadev Kushwaha)
Amrita Rao (Kamla Kumharan)
Kunal Kapoor (Bansi)
Ravi Kishan (Ram Kumar)

Awards
  • Amrita Rao - Winner, Stardust Best Actress Award
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose:
The Forgotten Hero (2004)

222 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The last five years in the life of one of India's greatest leaders, Subhas Chandra Bose, leading to his death in 1945.

Cast:

Sachin Khedekar (Subhas Chandra Bose)
Divya Dutta (Ila Bose)
Rajit Kapur (Abid Hasan)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Uttamchand Malhotra)

Awards
  • Best film on National Integration at the National awards 2004
  • Best production Design at the National awards 2004
Zubeida (2000)

150 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Zubeida, an aspiring Muslim actress, marries a Hindu prince to become his second wife. Her tumultuous relationship with her husband, and her inner demons lead her to a decision which has fatal consequences for them all.

Cast:

Karisma Kapoor (Zubeidaa)
Rekha (Maharani Mandira Devi)
Manoj Bajpai (Maharaja Vijayendra Singh)
Rahul Maharya (Raja Digvijay "Uday" Singh)

Awards
  • Best Film in Hindi at the National Awards 2000
Hari Bhari (1999)

145 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Ghazala (Shabana Azmi) has been married to Munirmiya (Srivallabh Vyas) for several years, and has given birth to a daughter, Salma (Rajeshwari Sachdev) Munir is unhappy that Ghazala has been unable to bear him any sons, and is forced to face his abuse, and then is subsequently thrown out of the house,

Cast:

Shabana Azmi (Ghazala)
Rajit Kapur (Khurshid)
Rajeshwari Sachdev (Salma)
Nandita Das (Afsana)

Awards
  • Best Film on Family Welfare at the National Awards 1999
Samar (1999)

126 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The film is based on a real-life story of a Madhya Pradesh village, where a farmer had committed the "crime" of entering the village temple for a thanksgiving, for which he publicly humiliated by village priest.

Cast:

Rajeshwari Sachdev
Rajit Kapur
Kishor Kadam
Ravi Jhankal
Seema Biswas

Awards
  • Best Film of 1998 at the National Awards.
  • Invited to the London Film Festival 1999.
  • Invited to Rotterdam International Film Festival 2000.
  • Invited to Jerusalem International Film Festival 2000.
  • Invited to South Film Festival, Holland 2000.
Sardari Begum (1996)

135 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The Police are called to investigate the death of a woman during a riot. The woman was killed by a stone thrown by an agitated person. The woman killed is known in the community as "Sardari Begum"

Cast:

Kirron Kher - Sardari Begum
Amrish Puri - Hemraj
Surekha Sikri - Idbal Bai
Rajit Kapur - Sadiq Moosvi
Rajeshwari Sachdev - Sakina

Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress award at the National Awards 1997.
  • Special Jury award for the Lead Actress at the National Awards 1997.
  • Best Urdu Film of the Year award at the National Awards 1997.
  • Invited to the Tashkent Film Festival, the Moscow International Film Festival, and the Munich Film Festival.
  • Special award for music at the Tashkent Film Festival 1997.
The Making Of The Mahatma (1996)

144 min - Colour

Synopsis:

One of two feuding Mohammedan cousins living in Britain but of Indian origin seek the assistance of an Indian Barrister to travel to Britain and settle their matter in a court of law.

Cast:

Rajit Kapoor (Barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)
Pallavi Joshi (Kasturba Gandhi)
Paul Slabolepszy (JC Smuts)

Awards
  • Best English Film of the year at the National Awards 1996.
  • Best Actor award at the National Awards 1996.
  • Special Jury award at the National Awards 1996.
  • Invited to the Montreal Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the Vancouver Film Festival, the Tunis Film Festival, the Bradford Film Festival and the Cairo Film Festival 1996.
Mammo (1994)

130 min - Colour

Synopsis:

13 year old Riyaz lives a poor lifestyle in Bombay, India, with his grandmother, Fayyuzi, and her sister, Mehmooda alias Mammo. Quite outspoken and embittered over his dad abandoning him, Riyaz does not have many friends, save for Rohan.

Cast:

Farida Jalal (Mammo)
Surekha Sikri (Fayyazi)
Amit Phalke (Riyaz)
Himani Shivpuri (Anwari)

Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress award at the National Awards 1995.
  • Best Hindi Film of the year at the National Awards 1995.
  • Best Actress award given by the Film Critics at Filmfare Awards 1995.
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992)

130 min - Colour

Synopsis:

This film narrative takes place over seven days during which time Manek Mulla, a young man barely out of his teens, tells three stories about himself. These stories revolve around Manek's involvement with women.

Cast:

Neena Gupta (Satti)
Pallavi Joshi (Lily)
Rajit Kapur (Manik Mulla)
Amrish Puri (Mahesar Dalal)

Awards
  • Best Film, Best Director and Best Photography awards, Madhya Pradesh Film Vikas Nigam 1993.
  • Best Hindi Film of the year at the National Awards 1993.
  • Best Actor award, Singapore International Film Festival 1994.
  • Invited to the London Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Cairo Film Festival, the Washington Film Festival, the Cleveland Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival 1993-94.
Susman (1992)

130 min - Colour

Synopsis:

This film narrative takes place over seven days during which time Manek Mulla, a young man barely out of his teens, tells three stories about himself. These stories revolve around Manek's involvement with women.

Cast:

Neena Gupta (Satti)
Pallavi Joshi (Lily)
Rajit Kapur (Manik Mulla)
Amrish Puri (Mahesar Dalal)

Awards
  • Best Film, Best Director and Best Photography awards, Madhya Pradesh Film Vikas Nigam 1993.
  • Best Hindi Film of the year at the National Awards 1993.
  • Best Actor award, Singapore International Film Festival 1994.
  • Invited to the London Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Cairo Film Festival, the Washington Film Festival, the Cleveland Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival 1993-94.
Trikal (1985)

137 min - Colour

Synopsis:

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.

Cast:

Leela Naidu (Dona Maria Souzasoares)
Anita Kanwar (Sylvia (Anna's mother)
Neena Gupta (Milagrenia)
Dalip Tahil (Leon Gonsalves)
Naseeruddin Shah (Ruiz Pereira)

Awards
  • Best Direction and Best Costume award at the National Awards 1985.
  • Invited to the London Film Festival 1986.
  • Selected for the Indian Panorama at Filmotsav, 1986.
  • Selected for the Indian film Retrospective, Lisbon 1986.
Mandi (1983)

167 min - Colour

Synopsis:

This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want for its prime locality.

Cast:

Shabana Azmi (Rukmini Bai)
Smita Patil (Zeenat)
Neena Gupta (Basanti)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Mr. Gupta)
Naseeruddin Shah (Tungrus)

Awards
  • Invited to the London Film Festival 1983.
  • Best Art Direction award at the National Awards 1983.
  • Invited to the Los Angeles Exposition (FILMEX) and the Hong Kong international Film Festival 1984.
  • Selected for the Indian Panorama at Filmotsav, Bombay 1984.
Aarohan (1982)

144 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The movie opens in the mid sixties when the Naxalbari uprising is spreading across Bengal and oppressed farmers are being united by youths who believe in communism ans a socialist republic.

Cast:

Victor Banerjee (Jotdar Bibhutibhushan Ganguly)
Om Puri (Hari Mondal)
Pankaj Kapoor (Village Teacher)
Noni Ganguly (Bolai Mandal, Hari's younger brother)

Awards
  • Best Hindi Film of the Year, Best Actor and Best Editing awards at the National Awards 1982.
  • Main prize, Karlovy Vary Film Festival 1982.
  • Invited to the Melbourne & Sydney Films Festivals and the Chicago Film Festival 1983.
  • Invited to the International Film Festival, New Delhi 1983.
Kalyug (1981)

152 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The film is tale of intrigue, plots and the inevitable war between the two families. Ramchand and Bhishamchand were two pioneering brothers in business. Bhishamchand, a lifelong bachelor, brought up the two sons of Ramchand upon his demise.

Cast:

Shashi Kapoor (Karan Singh)
Rekha (Supriya)
Raj Babbar (Dharam Raj)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Bal Raj)

Awards
  • Invited for competition at the Moscow International Film Festival 1981.
  • Lions’ Film award for Best Film 1981.
  • Best Hindi Film award at the National Awards 1981.
Junoon (1978)

141 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The story is set around the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Javed Khan is a feckless feudal chieftain, whose world revolves around breeding carrier pigeons. His younger brother-in-law, Sarfaraz Khan is politically awakened and actively plots the fight against the British.

Cast:

Jalal Agha (Kader Khan)
Nafisa Ali (Ruth Labadoor)
Tom Alter (Priest)
Shabana Azmi (Firdaus (Javed's wife))

Awards
  • Invited to inaugurate the Seventh International Film Festival, New Delhi 1979.
  • Official Indian entry at the XI International Film Festival, Moscow 1979.
  • Invited to the Montreal Film Festival 1979, the Cairo Film Festival 1979, the Sydney & Melbourne Film Festivals 1980.
  • Best Hindi Film, Best Sound, Best Photography awards at the National Awards 1979.
  • Best Film, Best Director and Best supporting Actress awards given by Filmfare 1980.
Anugraham - Telegu (1978)

136 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Shyam Benegal’s movie Anugraham is based on a brilliant Marathi Novel named ” Kondura “.The protagonist is a young Brahmin who receives a boon to clean the village of all sins. Later, in this attempt he rapes his own wife, who commits suicide.

Cast:

Anant Nag (Parashuram)
Raogopalrao (Konduraswamy)
Vanisri (Parashuram's Wife)
Shekhar Chatterjee
Smita Patil

Kondura (1978)

137 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Jogamma is the widow of Brahmin Pandit Range Rao, and lives in a coastal village in Southern India along with her two married sons, Narsimha, who is married to Seethamma and has two sons; while Parasuram is married to Ansuya.

Cast:

Anant Nag (Parashuram R. Rao)
Vanisri (Ansuya P. Rao, Parashuram's Wife)
Smita Patil (Parvati)
Vasu (Venu)

Awards
  • Invited to the London Film Festival and the Montreal Film Festival 1978.
  • Invited to the Los Angeles Exposition (FILMEX) and VIENNALE 1979.
  • Participated in the Seventh International Film Festival, New Delhi 1979.
  • Participated in the Indian Panorama at the Berlin Film Festival 1979.
Bhumika (1977)

142 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Bhumika tells the life story of an actress, Usha (Smita Patil), who is the granddaughter of a famous female singer of the old tradition from Devadasi community of Goa. Usha's mother is married to an abusive and alcoholic Brahmin.

Cast:

Smita Patil (Usha/Urvashi Dalvi)
Anant Nag (Rajan)
Naseeruddin Shah (Sunil Verma)
Amrish Puri (Vinayak Kale)
Amol Palekar (Keshav Dalvi)

Awards
  • Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards at the National Awards.
  • Filmfare awards for the Best Film 1978.
  • Invited to Carthage Film Festival 1978.
  • Invited to Chicago Film Festival. Awarded Golden Plaque 1978.
  • Invited to Festival of Images, Algeria 1986.
Manthan (1976)

134 min - Colour

Synopsis:

The word manthan literally means deep contemplation, churning of facts, analysis aimed at solution or conclusion. The film traces a small set of poor farmers of Kheda district in Gujarat who had the vision and foresight to act in a way that was good for the society and not for the self alone.

Cast:

Girish Karnad (Dr. Rao)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Sarpanch)
Smita Patil (Bindu)
Naseeruddin Shah (Bhola)

Awards
  • Best Hindi Film of the Year and Best Screenplay awards at the National Awards.
  • Invited to the London Film Festival, the Los Angeles Exposition (FILMEX) 1977, the Sydney & Melbourne Films Festivals 1978 and the Hong Kong Film Festival 1979.
  • Entered for the Foreign Film Oscar from India 1978.
  • Five major awards from the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association, Calcutta.
Nishant (1975)

143 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Vishwam is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar. The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and protection of his family, which also includes bending the law to his own advantage.

Cast:

Amrish Puri (Eldest Zamindar)
Naseeruddin Shah (younger brother of Zamindar)
Anant Nag (Anjaiya, youngest brother)
Smita Patil (Rukmini, youngest brother's wife)
Girish Karnad (School master)

Awards
  • Best film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress awards form Film World Magazine.
  • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay awards from the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association, Calcutta.
  • Invited to Cannes Film Festival, the London Film Festival 1976.
  • Invited to the Melbourne Film Festival 1977.
  • Invited to the Chicago Film Festival. Awarded Golden Plaque 1977.
  • Best Hindi Film of the Year award at the National Awards 1976.
Ankur (1975)

143 min - Colour

Synopsis:

Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute.

Cast:

Shabana Azmi (Laxmi)
Sadhu Meher (Kishtaya)
Anant Nag (Surya)
Priya Tendulkar (Saroj)

Awards
  • Three National awards and 43 prizes in India and abroad.
  • Official Indian entry at the Berlin Film Festival, the Stratford Film Festival and the London Film Festivals 1974.
  • Entered for Foreign Film Oscar from India 1974.