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April 8-14, 2005 - Masters of Indian Cinema
Name of the Film: Junoon
Name of the Director: Shyam Benegal

JunoonPlot Summary: The movie chronicles the period of 1857 to 1858 when the soldiers of the East India Company mutinied and many smaller kingdoms joined the soldiers in the hope of regaining their territories from the English. The movie is shown from the perspective of one of the leaders of the fight.

Filmmaker Bio:
Date of birth (location): 14 December 1934 Aliwal, Hyderabad, British India (now Andhra Pradesh, India)

Shyam Benegal's contribution to the Hindi new wave cinema is remarkable. Most of his early day films were artistically superior and commercially successful. He introduced some of the most talented artists to Hindi films including Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Smita Patil and Amarish Puri. Benegal's first film Ankur narrated the Indian rural life and the feudal system.His later films Nishant, Manthan, Bhumika and Junoon added strength to the new wave cinema movement in India.

Cast and lead cast bios:

Cast Name


Jalal Agha  
Nafisa Ali Ruth Labadoor
Tom Alter  
Shabana Azmi Javed's Wife
Benjamin Gillani  
Shashi Kapoor Javed Khan
Geoffrey Kendal  
Jennifer Kendal Ruth's Mother
Kulbhushan Kharbanda


Deepti Naval  
Pearl Padamsee  
Sushma Seth  
Naseeruddin Shah
Javed's Brother-in-law
Year made: 1978

Language: Hindi

Length: 141 min

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