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Discovering Shyam Benegal

The beginning

Not all filmmakers feel obligated to entertain. Some strive to achieve a lot more than just that. One such auteur of cinema is Shyam Benegal. His films have made a relentless effort to explore the complex and diverse facets of human nature against a shifty socio-cultural make-up.

Born in Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, Benegal showed a flair for filmmaking as a young boy after his father, a photographer, gifted him a camera. Inspired by the glorious works of visionary filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and first cousin, Guru Dutt, he grew confident about the profession he wanted to take up.

After attaining a degree from Hyderabad's Nizam College, Benegal began his stint at an advertising agency, where he shot a wide array of advertising films and documentaries.

Text: Sukanya Verma | Photograph: Getty Images

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