Mr. Benegal is one of the most popular personality in the filmidom of India. The film “ANKUR” marked the beginning of his success story as a leading film maker of India. His films have found a prominent place of admiral both in India and abroad. The concepts in his films are varied in nature but centred on contemporary Indian experience. His work on television consists of several popular series based on international stories, 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 education series for children.
He got his MA in Economics from Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
He has worked in USA as Associate producer. He was a Homi Babha Fellow (1970-72) and studied childrens television at Children’s Television Workshop, New York.
He started his career as a copywriter in advertising and graduated to become the creative & accounts group head before becoming a full time film maker. He taught mass communication techniques between1966 and 1973. He has played an active role in shaping the film education being the Chairman of the Film & television Institute of India (1980-83 & 1989-92).
Awards and achievements
Practically all of his films have won national awards and several of them have been awarded internationally. Some of his prestigious awards are:
PADMA SHRI 1976, STATE PRIZE USSR 1985, SOVIETLAND NEHRU AWARD 1989, PADMA BHUSHAN 1991.
He has been the member of : National Integration council (1986 / 89), Senate, Goa University 1986, National Council of Art 1980-84, national council for Communal Harmony 1992, Director-National Film Development corporation 1980-86, Chairman-Film & television Institute of India 1980-83 & 1989-92, Indian National Commission for cooperation with UNESCO 1995.
His award winning films are: LANKUR, NISHANT, MANTHAN, BHUMIKA, KONDURA, JUNOON, KALYUG, AROHAN, MANDI, NEHRU, SATYAJIT RAY, TRIKAL, SUSMAN, SURAJ KA SATVAN GHODA, MAMMO, THE MAKING OF THE MAHATMA, SARDARI BEGUM, SAMAR, HARI BHARI and ZUBEIDAA.