New Delhi: Noted film-maker Shyam Benegal was honoured with the coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award by the government in appreciation of his “outstanding contribution” to Indian cinema.
The prestigious award, carrying a cash component of Rs2 lakh, a golden lotus and a shawl, will be conferred on Benegal by President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony later this year.
Benegal, who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, was earlier bestowed with Padma Shri in 1976 and Padma Bhushan in 1991.
Benegal, who had made a debut with the feature film Ankur, broke new grounds in cinematic trends in the seventies.
His films have been seen and acclaimed widely in India and at international film festivals for the past three decades.
The core subjects of his films have been varied in nature but mainly centred around contemporary Indian experience. Problems of development and social and cultural change appear on many levels as a continuing thread in all his films.
Apart from fictional features, he has made a number of documentaries on different subjects ranging from cultural anthropology and problems of industrialization to music and other areas.