How not-good-looking Naseer got his first film 'Nishant'
How not-good-looking Naseer got his first film 'Nishant'

It was not merely for his acting prowess that the Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah got his first role in ‘Nishant’. Not being a good-looking actor had instantly struck a chord with the film's director, Shyam Benegal, who cast him for a pivotal role.

Shyam Benegal has shaped my choices: Shabana Azmi
Shyam Benegal has shaped my choices: Shabana Azmi

 On the 80th birthday of director Shyam Benegal Sunday, veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi says the “reluctant guru” has influenced her choices.

There'll be no second part of my memoir: Naseeruddin Shah

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who has chronicled his journey in "And Then One Day - A Memoir", says the book is a mirror reflection of his life and that he has no plans to come out with a second part of the publication.

Shyam Benegal's 'Junoon' inspired me to be filmmaker: Imtiaz Ali
Shyam Benegal's 'Junoon' inspired me to be filmmaker: Imtiaz Ali

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali Monday said Shyam Benegal's critically acclaimed film 'Junoon' inspired him to be a director.

One cannot separate social essence from entertainment: Shyam Benegal

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who was recently spotted in the city on the third day of the Jagran Film Festival here at Siri Fort auditorium, said that one cannot separate social essence from entertainment.

Pia Benegal makes `realistic costumes` for `Samvidhaan`

Pia Benegal, who has designed costumes for `Samvidhaan`, a 10-part TV series directed by her father Shyam Benegal, says creating "period specific" costumes for it has been a painstaking process.

Correct time to bring `Samvidhaan`: Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal’s TV show `The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India - Samvidhaan` will depict the difference between the way debates were conducted in the parliament post Independence, and the way they take place now. He says “it is something to learn from”.

Zee Classic pays an ode to Shyam Benegal with ‘Benegal @ Work’

Launched in April 2004, Zee Classic is India`s only Hindi movie channel that shows films from the classic era of Hindi cinema.

Popularity no indication of a good film: Shyam Benegal

Towering box office collections are not the right parameter to declare that a movie is good, says filmmaker Shyam Benegal, known for his masterpieces like `Ankur` and `Mandi`.

Shabana Azmi to head for Florence for a retrospective

ctress Shabana Azmi is set to head for the prestigious River To River film festival in Florence

Constitution not a bible, it changes as per people`s need: Shyam Benegal

Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who is busy shooting his mini-series `Samvidhaan` about the making of the Indian constitution, says the constitution shows the ethos of our own people and changes as per their needs.

Shyam Benegal returns to TV with `Samvidhaan`

Shyam Benegal is returning to small screen again with `Samvidhaan`, a 10-part mini-series revolving around the making of Indian Constitution.

Experimental films are finally being accepted: Anubhav Sinha

Producer-director Anubhav Sinha is happy to see content finally making a comeback in Bollywood films after a gap of almost 20 years.

Amitabh Bachchan, Shyam Benegal conferred Andhra state awards

The Andhra Pradesh government Saturday announced Amitabh Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Kaikala Satyanarayana and G. Adiseshagiri Rao have been selected for four prestigious state awards for 2012 for their contribution to Indian cinema.

A good filmmaker should have clear context: Shyam Benegal

It is how one contextualises a thing that makes the difference between a good film and a bad film, believes Shyam Benegal, the director of many good films.

Present generation of filmmakers less inhibited: Shyam Benegal

National-award winning filmmaker Shyam Benegal feels that the younger generation of movie directors is less inhibited than his contemporaries.

People take from Mumbai, but don`t give anything back: Shyam Benegal

National award-winning filmmaker Shyam Benegal feels that people living in Mumbai nowadays take from the city, without giving anything back to it in return.

Films on Gandhi should be screened regularly: Benegal

National award-winning filmmaker Shyam Benegal feels films on Mahatma Gandhi should be screened more often as the lack of it would dwindle his memory forever.

Shyam Benegal retrospective to be held in Abu Dhabi

The Indian Film Society of the United Arab Emirates is organizing a Shyam Benegal retrospective in Abu Dhabi later this week.

Nine silent films to be shown at Mumbai fest

The eight-day fest, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, will showcase over 200 movies, including nine silent films.