Shyam Benegal was born
in Andhra Pradesh in 1934. He was initially involved in the advertising industry
and produced over 900 advertisements- Lintas Advertising (1959-63) and Advertising and Sales
Promotion (1963-73) . He got a chance to work as associate producer for Children's
Television Workshop in New York and Boston WGBHTV. Later he turned to films
following the footsteps of his uncle, the great Guru Dutt.
first film 'Ankur'(1973) introduced Shabana Azmi into the film field. The
film won wide critical acclaim. Most of his films portray oppressions in society.
His other famous films are 'Nishant'(1975), 'Manthan'(1976), 'Bhumika'(1977),
'Junoon'(1978), 'Kalyug'(1980), 'Aarohan'(1982), 'Trikaal'(1985), 'Susman'(1986),
'Yatra'(1986), 'Antarnaad' and 'Suraj Ka Satwan Ghodain'(1992).