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    ! report abuseDipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 23 Jun 2009

    No other film-maker has so much strained nerves with biopics as Shyam Benegal. "Bhumika""Zubeidaa","Sardari Begum" "Gandhi Se Mahatma Tak", "Bose :The Forgotten Hero" are the biographical works. For a maker, handling biographies is really a hard nut to crack. They need to be documented with evidences and authenticated with vital proofs. Naturally, they need extensive research work. Risks are always there. Very few directors dare take such risks. Undaunted Shyam is at home in such challenge.

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    ! report abuseDipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 23 Jun 2009

    Count at least five best performances of Karishma Kapoor, by no way, can you miss "Zubeidaa".Shyam Benegal is an expert jeweller who can identify the real gems. "Zubeidaa" is adopted from real life story. It was undoubtedly, a challenge for both Karishma and Shyam to justify their respective credentials. Both came out with flying colours. Shyam extracted the best from Karishma and the latter gave her best. With due apology, one may say, Karishma has, in some scenes, dwarfed Rekha's paramountsy.

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    ! report abuseDipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 23 Jun 2009

    Smita Patil was yet another gem in the treasury of Shyam Benegal. In "Bhumika" Smita's bhumika is dominant. She enacted the role of a Marathi actress who has to undergo spills and thrills of life and gets grueled in the male-dominance. Shyam used Smita to the fullest. Vanraj Bhatia was given to compose unique notes, very much in consort with the typical Marathi timbres, and Preeti Sagar as a singer got herself underlined.

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    ! report abuseDipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 23 Jun 2009

    Shyam Benegal is a master-discoverer of talents. In his directorial debut "Ankur" we were rocked to see Shabana Azmi's performances. In Shyam's second film "Nishaant" the world saw another talent , Nasiruddin Shah. Amrish Puri who, despite his immense potentials, had not been acknowledged as an artiste, came in a bold role in this film. Girish Karnad too was focused nationally and internationally.

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    ! report abuseDipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 23 Jun 2009

    In the early 70s there came up an"Angry Young Man"in "Zanjeer", and there emerged yet another angry young man from behind the screen. His anger was as a result of the all-pervasive exploitations. He was Shyam Benegal. . In 1973 Amitabh, in the last scene of "Zanjeer" throws the zanjeer into water, In "Ankur" a boy, in the last scene, throws a stone to break the window of the tyrant's bunglow. The former is the personal retaliation, while the latter is against the system.

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    ! report abusenarendra agrawal
    narendra agrawalwrote on 27 Apr 2009

    Cousin of Guru Dutt. His paternal grand-mother and Dutt's maternal grandmother were cousins.

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    ! report abuseDivya Solgama
    Divya Solgamawrote on 28 Sep 2008

    Shyam Benegal made a film called Manthan, starring Girish Karnad, Smita Patil based on dairy movement in Gujrat.

 

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