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This award is special for me: Shyam Benegal

IndiaGlitz [Monday, February 11, 2013]

Shyam Benegal , the famous Indian film director, who has won many awards for his credit said in a press meet that, out of all the awards he has received, the ANR national award he has won recently is special for him as he has received it in  his home town.

"I love it when my work is recognized. I have received many awards in my career. But the ANR award is special as it has been presented in my home town", he said.

He added that, the film industry has undergone rapid changes in the recent times. "There wereno special songs in the movies once. After some years, they have come and then after, item girls started to arrive specially for those songs. And now, the business has raised so much as the big heroines started to appear in those songs. In addition to art, cinemas are meant for business. So those changes are common. Multiplexes have changed the scenario so much and gave scope for more creative directors to come up. In Hindi, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadhwaj and Diwakar Benerjee are making movie on sensitive issues".

He believes that, compared to other arts, films are different as they are intended to attract wide range of people and also that they should contain elements that are useful to the society."Women are considered to be dependent on other people. So I tried to show them as independent in my films", he says.

"Unity in diversity is our policy. So, it is the duty of censor board to look after that the films can be seen by all the classes. But, even after censor board has approved, some films are being  stopped to release by many political and societal issues. Taking the recent 'Viswaroopam' issue in Tamil, even the state's Advocate general said that the censor board as a scam. We can understand the situation by it", he said.

VikramJeevas David on Feb 15th

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