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Shyam Benegal (born 14 December
1934, in Andhra Pradesh) is a prolific 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 was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August
2007, he was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime
achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005. He has won the
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times.
His 2008 film, entitled Welcome to Sajjanpur, stars Shreyas Talpade and Amrita
Rao. The film's music is by Shantanu Moitra, and it is produced by
Chetan Motiwalla. Shyam Benegal is slated to direct an epic musical Chamki
Chameli inspired by George Bizet's classic Spanish opera Carmen. The story
revolves around the eponymous Chamki, a beautiful gypsy girl with a fiery temper
and is written by Shama Zaidi. The music is by A. R. Rahman and the lyrics are
written by Javed Akhtar.
In March 2010, Benegal released the political satire Well Done Abba.