Shyam Benegal, Award Winning Director, Screenwriter, Member of Parliament Shyam Benegal is an 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 highest civilian awards in India, 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 time and was awarded the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Mumbai International Film Festival.