New York-based filmmaker Dev Benegal is considered the pioneer of the next generation of Indian cinema. His award-winning debut feature “English, August” (1994), acknowledged as a landmark film in contemporary Indian cinema won India’s highest film award (The National Award), was selected at MOMA’s New Director’s New Films and was the first Indian acquisition of 20th Century Fox.
His second feature Split Wide Open (1999) premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Turnhout International Film Festival in Belgium.
His feature “Road, Movie,” was the opening night film at the Berlin Film Festival (Generation Plus) and was one of the first features to be distributed in the US by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Films.
The screenplay for his next film “Dead, End” won the Grand Prize at the NAFF/PIFAN International Festival Korea, (2014) and is in development.
He has written and will be directing Bombay Samourai, a neo-noir set in Bombay about an elusive hit-man which begins filming in 2020.