Dev Benegal makes a comeback

By Hindustan Times

Do you think Indian screenwriting has matured enough to get recognition?

For me, words and moving images closely tied together form cinema. It's great to see that writing for films is finally getting recognised. We have a great tradition in terms of literature in our country. Earlier, writers from Kolkata would come down to Mumbai to write for cinema. The awareness is spreading again. There's incredible talent in our country.

You were among the first filmmakers to push the barriers of Indian cinema with English August (1994). Do you think you could set a new template for Indian cinema again?

I think it's about doing things in bits and parts. I have just come back from the French premiere of Road, Movie (2009) and it was unbelievable how people responded to the versatility and storytelling. English August was an adaptation of a novel and people