Bollywood Babylon: Interviews with Shyam Benegal by William Van Der HeideBollywood Babylon: Interviews with Shyam Benegal by William Van Der Heide

Bollywood Babylon: Interviews with Shyam Benegal

EditorWilliam Van Der Heide

Hardcover | March 1, 2006

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Shyam Benegal is one of India's major film directors. A career spanning more than forty years includes documentaries and television programs as well as over twenty feature films. Benegal's influences range from Satyajit Ray to Guru Dutt and Bollywood cinema more generally. He has worked with - indeed launched the careers of - many of the Bombay film industry's major stars, such as Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Amrish Puri. Despite this, throughout his career, Benegal's engagement with 'Bollywood Babylon' has been highly individualistic. From his first feature film, Ankur, to recent work like Zubeidaa, Benegal has always combined social analysis with aesthetic pleasure. Making films in Hindi has enabled Benegal to reach the largest possible Indian audience. These lively and engaging interviews cover Benegal's life and work and, in doing so, present a history of Indian cinema.
William van der Heide is a private researcher specialising in Asian cinemas and Honorary Associate at the University of Newcastle, Australia and author of Malaysian Cinema, Asian Film: Border Crossings and National Cultures
Title:Bollywood Babylon: Interviews with Shyam BenegalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845204042

ISBN - 13:9781845204044

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Shyam Benegal's life and films Interview 1 On Satyajit Ray Interview 2 On Shyam Benegal Interview 3 On Indian Cinema Interview 4 From Ankur (1973) to Manthan (1976) Interview 5 From Bhumika (1976) to Aarohan (1982) Interview 6 From Mandi (1983) to Antarnaad (1992) Interview 7 From Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992) to Zubeidaa (2000) Interview 8 On Present and Future Films Cited