Mandeep Benipal

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Mandeep Benipal
Patiala, Punjab, India
ResidenceMumbai, India
OccupationFilm director
Years active2010 -
Known forSadda Haq
Notable work
Sadda Haq

Mandeep Benipal (born 13 January) is an Indian film director.[1][2] He made his directorial debut with movie Ekam - Son of Soil in 2010. Later he came up with the movie Sadda Haq (2013),[3] Yoddha (2014)[4] and Dakuan Da Munda.[5]


Benipal started his career as an assistant director. He assisted director Manoj Punj for movie Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Boota Singh (1999) starring Gurdas Maan, Divya Dutta and Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004) starring Gurdas Maan, Juhi Chawla. He also assisted Gaurav Trehan for movie Hashar (2008) starring Babbu Maan.

Benipal made his debut as a director in the year 2010 with Punjabi movie Ekam - Son of Soil starring Babbu Maan, Mandy Takhar. The film opened to a good response at the box office.

In 2013, Benipal came up with movie Sadda Haq in the year 2013. Sadda Haq is based on the events in the 1980s and 1990s when the state suffered from militancy, portrays several issues; including the murder of a human rights activist, alleged police torture, fake encounters, jailbreak and the assassination of a politician. This movie performed really well at box office. It was also a hit in UK.[6] Sadda Haq was nominated in 10 different categories in PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014 and the movie succeeded in winning three of them.[7] Sadda Haq was initially banned by the Punjab Government, which stated that "The release of the film was banned to maintain communal harmony in the state". This movie was later released after the order of Supreme Court to lift the ban. Censor Board of India's gave this movie A Certificate.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

In 2014, he came up with movie Yoddha - The Warrior starring Kuljinder Singh Sidhu in lead role. The film is based on the life of a simple person who becomes a warrior due to circumstances.[15][16] Yoddha was notimated for 6 categories in PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2015.[17]

In 2018, he directed the upcoming movie Dakuan Da Munda[5]



Benipal was nominated in Best Director category of PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Jazzy B in yet another row". Times of India. Jaspreet. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Sadda Haq ban: making a mockery of the CBFC". BollywoodLife. Cineswami. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Yoddha - The Warrior feat. Kuljinder Singh Sidhu". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Dakuaan Da Munda". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  6. ^ "'Sadda Haq' Box Office Collection: Kuljinder Starrer a Hit in UK". IBTimes. Ankita Mehta. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Jatt & Juliet 2 wins Best Movie at PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014". Times of India. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Punjabi film Sadda Haq to release tomorrow". NDTV. Press trust of India. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Sadda Haq banned by Punjab Government". India Today. Vikas Kahol. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  10. ^ "5 times Indian films had to knock on court's door to bypass censor board". DailyO. Praveen Shekhar. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Indian Cinema Straddles Centuries, Pushes for Change". Variety. Naman Ramachandran. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Punjab, Delhi ban film based on Khalistan movement". The Hindu. Chander Suta Dogra. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Banned in Punjab". LiveMint. Uday Bhatia. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Ban on Sadda Haq lifted, film crew elated". Sunday Guardian. Jatinder Preet. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  15. ^ "After 'Sadda Haq', Kuljinder Sidhu Comes up with 'Yoddha – The Warrior'". Sikh24. Sikh24 Editors. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Now Kuljinder Sidhu declares to make movie 'Wanted Zinda' on Bhai Harinder Singh Jinda". Sikh Siyasat. Parmjeet Singh. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  17. ^ "PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2015 Nominations". Times of India. Retrieved 19 October 2016.

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