Director: Shyam Benegal
Section: Excellence in Cinema Awards
Country: India | Year: 1978
Language(s): Hindi | Time: 141 mins
Junoon 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.
Shyam Benegal, perhaps one of the few Indian film makers who apart from creating films of premium quality also has a penchant for creating noteworthy classics on television. His work on television consists of several popular series based on short stories by well known Indian writers, and a mammoth 53-part series on the History of India. He has also made an extra mural educational series for children.