Shyam Benegal meets BNU students and faculty


Award winning Indian film director Shyam Benegal on Tuesday visited Beaconhouse National University on October (BNU) at the university’s city campus. He met with the Vice Chancellor Mr Sartaj Aziz, Dean of School of Media and Mass Communication Dr Mehdi Hasan and Head of Theatre Film and Television Department Dr Asghar Nadeem Syed. He was accompanied by acclaimed Indian director and writer Mr Atul Tiwari.
Benegal also shared his life experiences and provided some useful tips and guidelines to aspiring filmmakers and writers studying at BNU TFT department to help pursue their career goals in a better way. The audience included students of bachelors and masters program under the Theatre, Film and TV Department and renowned Pakistani film-makers.
Speaking at the occasion Benegal emphasized on the process of learning the language of cinema. He asserted that learning the grammar of filmmaking is the most important component. He explained that just as a language expands with new vocabulary, the language of cinema is an evolving process.
Answering numerous questions by students on selecting topics for films, he said, “film making is a question of sensibility. Your sensibility will give you the direction”.
He further said, “film is a cultural product and it functions in a particular culture”.
Replying to a question on challenges faced by young filmmakers, he identified two fundamental problems with the young directors, “one, a lot of them suffer from a genius complex, and the second is they consider themselves as misunderstood artists”.
On another question, he stated that he has made films of his choice but he remained inclusive. He said the as filmmakers the young people should not fear hard work and failure, but approach their careers in a dispassionate way.
Replying to a question on his experiences working with renowned Pakistani novelist, Ismat Chughtai on the sets of his film Junoon, he lauded her as a marvellous human being. He also advised students not to be judgemental. He said, “avoid prejudices in your work, for that you will have to know your prejudices”.