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Born in 1934 in Andhra Pradesh, Shyam Benegal originated what has come to be called "middle cinema". His first feature film in Hindi was Ankur (1973). His other notable films include Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976), Bhumika (1976), Suraj Ka Satvan Gora (1993) and Sardari Begum (1996). Shyam Benegal has also produced movies for various government organizations including a 53-episode television series on Jawaharlal Nehru's Discovery of India called Bharat Ek Khoj (1988). He is also a respected documentary film-maker and his most recent endeavor in this direction is a cinematic study of the early years of Gandhi in South Africa, the Making of the Mahatma. He has also taught at the Film and Television Institute in Pune and continues to be an influential presence in Indian film circles.