Shyam Benegal

“One of the pioneers of the new cinema in India”

Directed over 1000 advertising commercials and 65 documentaries and short films
and 35 feature length/documentary films and television serials


“Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema”

President Pratibha Patil presents Ganga Sharan Singh Award (2008) to film-maker Shyam Benegal during 'Hindi Sevi Samman Yojna' awards function, held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Professional Timeline


M.A. in Economics from Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Occasionally lectured in Mass Communications at Bhavan's College of Mass Communication from 1966-73.

Invited to read a paper on Mass Communication in underdeveloped countries at the World Advertising Congress in Paris, France in 1965.

Guest Professor at the UNESCO Scriptwriting Course at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune in 1969.