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Benegal, Shyam 1934-

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Most widely held works by Shyam Benegal
The music room by Sachindranath Biswas( Visual )

3 editions published in 2011 in Bengali and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years, now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India's most popular musicians of the day
Gandhi se Mahatma tak( Visual )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Hindi and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. The Barrister travels to Britain, and finds that all Asians are treated as coolies, and their status is worse than of servants. Despite of being dressed in a suit and a tie, he is thrown out of a first class train compartment; is asked to remove his cap in a court of law; asked to ride with the driver of the coach; and even shoved out on the footpath for daring to walk close to a bureaucrat's premises; beaten, and abused with no recourse to any justice. His attempts to grieve these issues is met with strong governmental and bureauctatic disapproval and opposition. Notwithstanding this, he settles the dispute between the two cousins out of court, and sets about trying to organize the local Asians to assert their rights, and even represents some of them in Court. Then he journeys to Durban, South Africa, where yet another struggle is taking place against the native Africans and the emigrant Asian community. This is where this young man summons his wife, and three children, and this is where he decides to garner support of the oppressed community to improve the lot of all people, and this is where he will find that though the laws are on his side - the people who interpret them, and legislators are opposed to any kind of fair or equal treatment that this young Barrister was asking for. The young Barrister will then re-locate to India to continue his struggle against the British - and he will soon be known and acknowledged by the world as -- Mahatma Gandhi
Mammo by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in Hindi and English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Mammo is a nickname given to Mehmooda Begum by her sisters. She is one of three sisters. She marries a man from Lahore. After partition, she and her husband automatically become Pakistani citizens. Although childless, her marriage is a happy one until her husband dies and leaves her to the mercy of his relatives. In the bickering over property matters, Mammo is thrown out of the house. She has no other relatives in Pakistan. Her only kin are the two sisters who live in India. Mammo manages to get a visitor's visa and comes to Bombay to live with her sister. Her sister Fayyazi has a grandson, an orphaned boy of thirteen. Mammo has decided that she will live with them for the rest of her life. She manages to extend her visa on one excuse or another for a period of time. When that is no longer possible, a tout, for consideration of money contrives to get her name erased from the foreigner's registration office. Her future in India now secure, she can spend the rest of her days in peace. However, this is not to be. The culprit in the registration office is soon found out. All illegal aliens are rounded up. Mammo is one of them. Within twenty four hours, she is deported by train to Pakistan where she has neither relations, friends nor a place to live
Hari-bhari by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in Hindi and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film revolves around the story of five women, belonging to different generations, each looking for emancipation and the right to run their lives their own way. The film's main theme is the issue of women's 'fertility rights' empowerment
Ankur = Ankur = (the seedling) by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

27 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in Hindi and English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Values clash as loyalties are tried and tested in a rural Indian setting. Class conflict of the idle-rich landowning class against toiling peasants is dramatized in a brief extra-marital liaison between an attractive village laborer and her young employer
Seventh horse of the sun( Visual )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in Hindi and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During his free time in the afternoons, Manek entertains his friends in his house with stories. Love stories of three women from his past -- Jamuna, a middle-class girl, is in love with her lower-caste neighbor, Tanna, but eventually marries a rich, kindly man; Lily, an educated girl ends up marrying Tanna and resents being in her marriage; Satti, an impoverished girl, dreams of love but is sold by her adopted father to a repulsive and much older man. Each story is told separately but linked together by connecting incidents, which are told from different angles, creating a tapestry of characters and experiences, and an interesting construct for the film. This film is based on Dharmavir Bharati's novel of the same title
Well done Abba( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in Hindi and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mumbai-based businessman Rahul Singh decides to fire his chauffeur, Armaan Ali, who has returned to work after being absent without authorization for about two months. Armaan pleads to reinstate him and offers to drive him to Pune, to which Rahul wearily relents. It is during this journey that Armaan offers an explanation to his employer as to why he was absent from work. First to try and get his Chikatpally-based feisty daughter, Muskan, married. Next to drill a well on his property in this parched region where theft of water is common, and finally to comically try and stay below the poverty line in order to get benefits under the Kapildhara scheme. His tale includes his arrest at the hands of the local police, his truant twin, Rehman, and the mysterious 'theft' of his well.--IMDb
Bhumika = The Role by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

16 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in Hindi and Multiple languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Usha rises fast in the film world and eventually becomes a well known actress. She is influenced by four men she meets at various points in her life: her first husband, Keshav; the narcissistic male co-star, Rajan; the effete filmmaker, Sunil Verma; and the landowner, Kale, whose second wife she eventually becomes
Mandi by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a whore house in a remote town which becomes the bone of contention between political and business interests
Welcome to Sajjanpur by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mahadev is one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur. His ambition is to be a novelist but he finds it easier to make a living by writing letters sitting next to the post office. His ability to write persuasive letters makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town. Aware of this power, he soon uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not such amusing results. With this as the narrative frame, Welcome to Sajjanpur shows in an entertaining, musical and comic way, characters and events that are at once hilarious and poignant. A delightful satirical take on a contemporary Indian village
Zubeidaa = Zubeidā( Visual )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in Hindi and English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young man's quest to recover the memory of the mother he never knew and to piece together her life from the memories of those who knew her
Junoon by Shye Ben-Tzur( Visual )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in Hindi and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857, the story of a doomed romance between a Pathan and an Anglo-Indian woman. Explores cultural, class, and religious differences
Nishānt = Night's end( Visual )

13 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in Hindi and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Tendulkar's original play which apparently was inspired by an actual event. A story of injustice centering around a tyrant landlord, a schoolteacher and the teacher's wife in an Indian village
Kal yug = Kala yuga = Kalyug by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in Hindi and English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allegorical adaptation from the Mahabharata. Film on the story of intense rivalry between two business families
Benegal on Ray : Satyajit Ray, a film by Shyam Benegal( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trikal : past, present, future( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in Hindi and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liberally sprinkled with dashes of humor, this is a fast-paced comedy about a family and their friends who lived through the transition of Goa from a Portuguese colony to a district governed by India
Koṇḍūrā : mānasa kā maharshi = Konḍurā : mānasa kā maharshī by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

5 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in Hindi and English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kondura is the story of a young brahmin, Parasuram, torn between the horns of a dilemma -his free will and the belief in the predestined nature of existence. Parasuram's elder brother who supports the family is incensed by Parasuram's inability to do anything useful. Parasuram runs away from home to make his fortune in the city"--Container
Govind Nihalani( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprises interviews with and articles on the work of Govind Nihalani, Indian film maker
Antarnaad = inner voice( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in Hindi and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is about the true life experiences of two villages and the trasformation that occured through Swadhyaya activity
Sardari Begum by Shyam Benegal( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in Hindi and English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the old city of Delhi a retired thumris singer and courtesan is killed during a neighborhood riot. Her funeral becomes a media event due to the tension surrounding upcoming local elections. A reporter sent to cover the funeral discovers that the singer was her aunt and delves into her life story
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Benegal, Shyam

Benegala, Śyāma 1934-

Shyam Benegal

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Shyam Benegal director del cine de la India

Shyam Benegal Indiaas filmregisseur

Shyam Benegal Indian director and screenwriter

Shyam Benegal indischer Filmregisseur

Shyam Benegal réalisateur, producteur et scénariste indien

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Бенегал, Шьям

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