Author: Sangeeta Datta
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174362819
Shyam Benegal is one of the most prolific contemporary filmmakers from India's New Cinema. This book traces his career with its beginnings in political cinema and a realist aesthetic.
From his first film Ankur (1974) through to Zubeidaa (2000), he has explored the contradictions and tensions of a society in rapid transition, with a unique focus on the female protagonists. This book shows how the struggles of women, the dispossessed and marginalized in Indian society find expression in films as diverse as Nishant, Bhumika, Mandi, Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda and Kalyug.
It traces Benegal's work with some of the biggest names in Indian cinema - Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Govind Nihalani and more recently, Karishma Kapoor and A R Rahman - developing a style and ethos uniquely his. It also explains how the director's work presents both a stark contrast to Bollywood and yet contains creative continuities with commercial cinema and his distinguished predecessor Satyajit Ray.
Perhaps no other director has come close to paining such a compelling and vivid portrait of modern India.
Foreword by Derek Malcolm
Parallel Cinema in India
The Formative Years
The Rural Trilogy: Winds of Change
The Woman's Voice: Bhumika and Mandi
Histories and Epics
The Last Trilogy: Search for Identity
Experiments with Truth