Dev Benegal

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Dev Benegal
Born (1960-12-28) 28 December 1960 (age 53)
New Delhi, India
Occupation film director, screenwriter

Dev Benegal (Konkani: देव बॅनॅगल) (born 28 December 1960) is an Indian director and screenwriter, most known for his debut film English, August (1994), which won the 1995 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English.

He is the nephew of award-winning director Shyam Benegal.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1960 in Bombay, to Suman Benegal and Som Benegal, a theatre director, Dev Benegal grew up in New Delhi. In 1979, he left Delhi for Mumbai (then Bombay), to pursue a career in movies.[1]

Dev Benegal studied Cinematography for two years at the Film School of New York University in the late 1980s.[1][2]

Career[edit]

After serving as the assistant to his uncle, Shyam Benegal in films like Kalyug (1980), Mandi (1983) and his famous documentary on Satyajit Ray, Satyajit Ray, Filmmaker (1984), Dev Benegal directed a series of short short films, Kalpavriksha: The Tree of Life (1988), Kanakambaram: Cloth: of Gold (1987), and Anantarupam: The Infinite Forms (1987). He directed several documentaries, including Shabana! (2003) with Indian film star Shabana Azmi and Abhivardhan: Building for a New Life (1992). In 1994 he wrote and directed his adaptation of Upamanyu Chatterjee's 1989 novel by the same name, based on the Indian Administrative Service, English, August (1994). The film received praise from critics for its modern and urban themes and was hailed as the cinematic counterpart to the later Anglo-Indian literary movement. It also won the Best Feature Film in English Award at National Film Awards,[3] and is now hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema as it ushered in a wave of independent Indian filmmakers, commonly known as "multiplex films" in India.[1][4]

Split Wide Open (1999), another Hinglish film, was also a critical success and won a Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Singapore International Film Festival. Benegal's latest film, Road, Movie (2009), about a travelling cinema troupe in Rajasthan, and starring Abhay Deol and Tannishtha Chatterjee as the lead, premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[3][4][5]

His project Samurai was selected for the Hong Kong Asia Film Finance Forum (HAF),[6] but eventually was not screened.[7]

Dev Benegal is currently developing a film on the life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

  • Shabana! (2003)
  • Merchants & Marxists: Stones of the Raj (1997)
  • Field of Shadows (1993)
  • Abhivardhan: Building for a New Life (1992)
  • Kalpavriksha: The Tree of Life (1988)
  • Kanakambaram: Cloth of Gold (1987)
  • Anantarupam: The Infinite Forms (1987)

Awards[edit]

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