Shyam Benegal's contribution to the Hindi new wave cinema is remarkable. Most of his early day films were artistically superior and commercially successful. He introduced some of the most talented artists to Hindi films including Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Smita Patil and Amarish Puri.
Benegal's first film Ankur narrated the Indian rural life and the feudal system, which engrossed it. His later films Nishant, Manthan, Bhumika and Junoon added strength to the new wave cinema movement in India.
During the 1980s, when Indian new wave cinema witnessed a collapse, Benegal moved his attention to an upcoming mass media, the television. He produces the teleserial Bharath Ek Khoj based on Jawaharlal Nehru's book Discovery of India for Doordarshan, which even after two decades stands as one of the best teleserial produced in India.
In early 90s he returned to feature films by making films like Suraj Ka Saatwaan Ghoda and Samar but later produced some irrelevant films including his latest film Zubeida.
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