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Country/Year: India/1993
Genre: Drama/Romance
Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Running Time: 130 Minutes


Shyam Benegal


Riju Bajaj
Neena Gupta
Pallavi Joshi
Rajit Kapur


A man shares some lazy memories about his friend, Manek Mulla, who had a knack for telling stories. On this particular afternoon, Manek narrates a 'unique' love affair with the help of different stories, various characters' point of views and the social relevance of these stories. As these stories proceed, reality mixes with fiction.

Awards and Nominations

Won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi 1993
Nominated for a Golden Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival 1993 - Best Feature

Theatrical Trailer

About the Director

Shyam Benegal (born 14 December 1934, Hyderabad) is a prolific Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the "middle cinema" in India. He has expressed dislike of the term, preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August 2007, Benegal was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005. He has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times.

In 2008 his film Welcome to Sajjanpur, starring Shreyas Talpade and Amrita Rao was released to a good response. The film's music is by Shantanu Moitra, and it is produced by Chetan Motiwalla. Shyam Benegal is slated to direct an epic musical Chamki Chameli inspired by George Bizet's classic Spanish opera Carmen. The story revolves around the eponymous Chamki, a beautiful gypsy girl with a fiery temper and is written by Shama Zaidi. The music is by A. R. Rahman and the lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar.

In March 2010, Benegal released the political satire Well Done Abba.

One of Benegal's future projects is a film based on the life of Noor Inayat Khan — daughter of Inayat Khan & descendant of Tipu Sultan, who served as a British-Indian spy during World War II.

Shyam Benegal is married to Nira Benegal and has a daughter called Pia, who is a costume designer for feature films. He is involved with the Mumbai based film school Whistling Woods International as chairman of the academic council.


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