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Shyam Benegal on Indian Cinema

Shyam Benegal on Indian Cinema

4 November,2014: As part of the 18th edition of Voices—organised by the Embassy of India and BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation—eminent Indian filmmaker, writer and critic Shyam Benegal gave a talk on the topic “Indian Cinema in the Global Context”, on Monday at the Nepal Bharat Library, New Road.

The programme commenced when Deputy Chief of Mission of Indian Embassy, Piyush Srivastava, welcomed Benegal to come take the stage.

The director of the national award winning “Zubeidaa” and other classics, Benegal, started out with the history of Indian cinema and went on to describe how the development in technology had help fuel the rise of the industry.

He further elaborated on how the film culture initially began in Bengal in the 1950s and how South India soon followed on its heels. According to him, the pan-Indian cinema in Hindi language came to fashion through Bombay.

“I believe that the Indian cinema of now is actually at a very interesting stage. Young and talented filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Diwakar Banerjee and Imtiaz Ali no longer fall prey to limitations in filmmaking and do not even confine themselves to the stereotypical notion of parallel filmmaking,” he said. After a brief interaction between Benegal and the audience, Secretary of BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Abhay Kumar, presented the filmmaker with a token of appreciation.

Earlier in the morning, Shyam Benegal had also given a talk to the film students of Oscar College of Film in Kathmandu .



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