The Master: Shyam Benegal | UK Premiere
Director: Khalid Mohamed. Run time: 90 mins | Recommended Certificate: U Language: Hindi/English with English subtitles | Year: | Country: India
A fascinating documentary about one of India’s greatest independent filmmakers, who as a truant schoolboy ran off to the cinema to adore Hollywood and Soviet cinema. The film charts his emergence from advertising to become a leading filmmaker of the Indian New Wave of the 1970s with hard edged social issue classics like Ankur, Nishant, Manthan and Bhumika through to more modern hits like Zubeidaa and the hit comedy Welcome to Sajjanpur. The film avoids the usual platitudes exploring the man and filmmaker, with a rich mix of insights by many celebrated film professionals including actors Shabana Azmi and Kareena Kapoor, who have shared his filmic journey so far.
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