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Festival to highlight Shyam Benegal’s films

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Shyam Benegal during the shooting of “The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India – Samvidhaan” in Mumbai.— File Photo: AFP
Shyam Benegal during the shooting of “The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India – Samvidhaan” in Mumbai.— File Photo: AFP

Television channel Zee Classic will host a month-long film festival titled “Benegal@Work,” which will showcase film-maker Shyam Benegal’s masterpieces. The acclaimed film-maker is “delighted” and “eagerly” waiting to see the audience response to his work. Zee Classic will start the telecast of the films from January 11.

“I am delighted. I have always believed that something like this should happen. Through this, you will get to see films which are not mainstream,” Mr. Benegal said on Thursday at a press conference to launch the festival.

“Benegal@Work” will start with Ankur , a film that highlighted the exploitation of Dalits. Mr. Benegal won a National Award for the film, which starred Shabana Azmi and Anant Nag. The other films that will be screened include Trikal , Bhumika — The Role , Mandi and Nishant .

“I am happy that there is a small festival on my films. It is very interesting. I am eager to know how these films would be liked by the audience,” said Mr. Benegal who is working on the project “Samvidhaan,” a 10-part mini series on the making of the Indian Constitution. — IANS


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