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    Shyam Benegal to be conferred with Excellence in Cinema Award Frontier
    Frontier on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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    Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal is all set to be conferred with the South Asian Cinema Foundation's 'Excellence in Cinema Award' here on June 9 in recognition of his contribution to new wave Indian cinema.

    "As the father of 'New Wave' Indian Cinema, Shyam Benegal's position is arguably as significant as India's most acclaimed filmmaker, Satyajit Ray," said Lalit Mohan Joshi, SACF Director.

    He said the South Asian Cinema Foundation in association with British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank and The Nehru Centre will be honouring and showcasing the work of Benegal at BFI Southbank and The Nehru Centre Between June 9 and June 11.

    Benegal, 77, recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, will be sixth filmmaker to be honoured by SACF. Previous recipients of the award were M S Sathyu (2004), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (2006), Saeed Akhtar Mirza (2008), Girish Kasaravalli (2009) and poet and Oscar winning lyricist of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame, Gulzar (2010).

    Joshi said that Benegal's films such as "Nishant" (Night's End, 1976), "Bhumika" (The Role, 1977), "Trikal" (Past Present Future, 1985), "Junoon" (Obsession, 1978) and "Zubeidaa" (2000) have not only cut across audiences, but have also documented social change in India after the end of the British Raj.

    "Benegal's Cinema has impacted on 'Bollywood' in terms of creating new content. An undeniable part of his legacy is the extraordinary pool of fresh talent that he has managed to introduce to the cine world," he said.

    "This includes technicians and cinematographers working quietly behind the scenes, to an array of powerful and prominent actors like Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Anant Nag," Joshi said.
                               
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