TV Serials

Shyam Benegal, perhaps one of the few Indian film makers who apart from creating films of premium quality also has a penchant for creating noteworthy classics on television.

His work on television consists of several popular series based on short stories by well known Indian writers, and a mammoth 53 part series on the History of India. He has also made an extra mural educational series for children.

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Sankranti (1998)

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Synopsis:

10 part series on the first 50 years of Independent India. Each episode ½ hour.

Produced and directed by Shyam Benegal, the 10-episode serial dwells on the legislations and decisions of the Government over 50 years in the areas of development, social justice and education.

Amravati Ki Kathayen (1994)

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Synopsis:

A 15 part television serial on the Indian Railways by Shyam Benegal. Yatra is the story of two journeys across the length and breadth of India. Both the journeys have a central character who acts as a link - Lance Naik Gopalan Nair of the Signal Corps. In the first journey he is proceeding to his posting at the northern border near Jammu after a month's holiday in his home town in Kerala. Just before the journey he and his young wife Madhavi go to Kanyakumari for a few quiet days together, as he will only see her after a year.

Bharat Ek Khoj (1986/91)

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Synopsis:

The series dramatically unfolds and explores the five-thousand year history of India from its beginnings to the coming of the independence in 1947.

Katha Sagar (1986 /91)

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Synopsis:

The series included about 37 stories based on different subjects like The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant, A Cup of Tea by Katherine Mansfield, and Tolstoy's God Sees the Truth, But Waits and Where Love Is, God Is (Patiksha) and many others. Some of the stories were adapted to fit an Indian context but the adaptation embodied the essence of the original story very well.

Yatra (1986)

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Synopsis:

Yatra (1986) was also a TV series, based on Himsagar Express, the longest running train of Indian Railways, from Jammu to Kanyakumari,