Shyam Benegal


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Shyam Benegal (born 14 December 1934) is an Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the "middle cinema" in India. He has expressed dislike of the term, preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema.

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The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been, in recent years, one of the most controversial institutions of India, drawing criticism from several film-makers and actors.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said they are seriously considering the recommendations made by Shyam Benegal committee..
Ace filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, a member of the Shyam Benegal-led censor board revamp committee, said the panel has submitted some recommendations to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry regarding censorship in films.
February 2 will be a decisive day for the LGBT community as the Supreme Court on this day will be hearing a curative petition submitted by the Naz Foundation, an NGO that stands for gay rights, on Article 377 (which makes gay sex, irrespective of age and consent, a punishable offence).
Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, 80, has worked with many producers and actors, but he says that he loved working with veteran actor-producer Shashi Kapoor (left) the most.
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is hopeful that the new Shyam Benegal-headed committee will bring positive changes in the controversy-ridden the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).