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     1'''Govind Nihalani (b. 1940)''' 
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     4Hindi director born in Karachi (now Pakistan) 
     5into a merchant family. During Partition, his 
     6family fled to Udaipur (1947) and then to Delhi. 
     7Studied cinematography at S.J. Polytechnic, 
     8Bangalore (1959-62). Assisted cameraman V.K. 
     9Murthy in Bombay (1962-71). An early and 
     10influential colleague was Bombay-based 
     11playwright and theatre director Satyadev 
     12Dubey, whose Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe 
     13(1971) was Nihalani’s first feature as 
     14cameraman. Shot over 200 advertising films 
     15and documentaries, directing 100 more for 
     16Krishna Movies in Bombay. Also shot 
     17Benegal’s early films. Turned director in 1980. 
     18Made Tendulkar-scripted political films 
     19dealing with urban crime and official 
     20corruption. Did 2nd unit work for 
     21Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982). His box-office 
     22hit Ardh Satya, used a Dirty Harry plot which 
     23was familiar in Hindi and regional commercial 
     24cinemas (e.g. Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer, 
     251973, in Hindi, and S.V. Rajendra Singh’s 
     26Antha, 1981, in Kannada). Ardh Satya itself 
     27was adapted into Tamil by K. Vijayan (Kaval, 
     281985). Takes politically sensational topics and 
     29turns them into individual moral dilemmas, 
     30usually enacted by Om Puri. His TV serial 
     31Tamas, set during Partition, proved 
     32controversial and resulted in a court ruling 
     33asserting the right to freedom of expression on 
     34TV. Recent work mainly adaptations of stage 
     35plays to TV (Ibsen, Strindberg and Lorca). A 
     36book-length interview with Nihalani was 
     37published in 1992 (ed. Samik Bandyopadhyay). 
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     39 
     40'''FILMOGRAPHY:''' 1980: Aakrosh; 1982: 
     41Vijeta; 1983: Ardh Satya; 1984: Party; 1985: 
     42Aaghat; 1986: Tamas (TV); 1989: Jazeerey 
     43(TV); 1990: Drishti; 1991: Pita; Rukmavati Ki 
     44Haveli. 
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     46[[Director]]