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Govind Nihalani
""Govind Nihalani cropped, 2006.jpg
Nihalani in 2006
Born (1940-12-19) 19 December 1940 (age 77)
"Karachi, "Sindh, "British India
Years active 1962 – present

Govind Nihalani (born 19 December 1940) is an "Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter and producer, known for his works in "Hindi cinema. He has been the recipient of six "National Film Awards (India), and five Bollywood "Filmfare Awards.[1][2] In 1996, his script for "Drohkaal was adapted by "Kamal Hassan for its "Tamil remake, "Kuruthipunal, which subsequently became "India's official entry for the "68th Academy Awards "Best Foreign Language Film category.[3]

His first directorial venture was "Aakrosh, starring "Om Puri, "Naseeruddin Shah, "Smita Patil and "Amrish Puri. The film was scripted by noted Marathi playwright "Vijay Tendulkar. The film shared the Golden Peacock for best film at the "International Film Festival of India held in New Delhi in 1981. [4] [5] He then directed "Ardh Satya, based on a story by S. D. Panwalkar. the film has received critical reception for depicting the police-politician-criminal nexus. In 1997, he adapted Bengali novelist "Mahasweta Devi's acclaimed novel by the same name to "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa.[6][7]


Early life and career[edit]

Nihalani was born on 19 December 1940 in "Karachi, "Sindh province (now in "Pakistan) and his family migrated to India during the "partition of 1947. He started out as a "cinematographer, graduating in cinematography from the Shree Jaya Chamrajendra polytechnic (the present "Government Film and Television Institute)[8] in Bangalore in 1962. He was an Assistant Cinematographer to the legendary "V. K. Murthy. He was associated with all the earlier films of "Shyam Benegal and with the cinematography of "Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning epic "Gandhi. Nihalani and Benegal are well known for their socially relevant films.[9][10]

Literary works[edit]


Civilian honor
"National Film Awards (India)
"Filmfare Awards



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  2. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Govind Nihalani interview". 
  3. ^ https://imsports.rediff.com/style/apr/03sriram.htm["permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Bangalore : `Digital video is liberating'". 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2006. 
  6. ^ Through her writing, you get to hear the voice of a community that is otherwise voiceless' "Rediff.com.
  7. ^ "Untitled Page". Archived from the original on 1 March 2005. 
  8. ^ "GFTI alumni". Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.chowk.com/show_article.cgi?aid=00001910&channel=leafyglade%20inn
  10. ^ http://www.screenindia.com/20020503/fcover.html
  11. ^ https://www.vedamsbooks.com/no31144.htm
  12. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Filmography "New York Times.
  14. ^ Govind Nihalani "MSN Movies.

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