Gautam Benegal Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 56 Years At The Time Of Death
Hometown: Calcutta, West Bengal
Death Date: 16/07/2021

Gautam Benegal

NicknameTutul [1]Facebook-Gautam Benegal
Profession(s)Filmmaker, Writer, Cartoonist, Artist
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 172 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
AwardsNational Award for Best animation film "The Prince and the Crown of Stone" 2010
Personal Life
Date of Birth1965
BirthplaceCalcutta, West Bengal (now Kolkata)
Date of Death16 July 2021 (Friday)
Place of DeathHe died at his residence at Kolkata.
Age (at the time of death) 56 Years
Death CauseCardiac arrest [2]The Indian Express
SignatureGautam Benegal's Signature
HometownCalcutta, West Bengal (now Kolkata)
College/UniversityJadavpur University
Educational Qualification• Graduate degree in Comparative Literature
• Diploma holder in animation from the National Institute of Design
ReligionHinduism [3]Google Book-Shyam Benegal
CasteSaraswat Brahmin [4]Google Book-Shyam Benegal
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [5]Facebook-Gautam Benegal
Political InclinationIndian National Congress [6]Facebook-Gautam Benegal
HobbiesPainting, Cooking
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Wife/SpouseName Not Known
ChildrenSon: Anand Benegal (Musician)
Gautam Benegal's son
ParentsFather: Sudarsan Benegal
Mother: Name Not Known
Gautam Benegal with his parents and elder brother
GrandparentsGrandfather: Shridhar Benegal
Gautam Benegal's grandfather standing in extreme right
Grandmother: Name Not Known
SiblingsBrother: Vivek Benegal
Gautam Benegal's brother
Favourite Things
FoodShrimps, Chicken
ActorAkshay Kumar
Gautam Benegal

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gautam Benegal

  • Did Gautam Benegal smoke?: Yes

    Gautam Benegal smoking

    Gautam Benegal smoking

  • Did Gautam Benegal drink alcohol?: Yes

    Gautam Benegal's drinking alcohol

    Gautam Benegal’s drinking alcohol

  • Gautam Benegal was born in a Saraswat Brahmin of Calcutta, West Bengal (now Kolkata), India. His family includes many popular faces of Indian cinema like Shyam Benegal and Guru Dutt.

    Gautam Benegal's father and Guru Dutt sharing same frame

    Gautam Benegal’s father and Guru Dutt sharing the same frame

  • Gautam Benegal was a popular Indian filmmaker, writer, cartoonist, and artist. He also worked as a freelance painter and journalist.
  • Gautam Benegal, at the age of 14, published his first illustrated book called “Gabbus Gabba,” originally written by Arun De. After the book was published, he took a copy of it and went to 1/1 Bishop Lefroy Road, Satyajit Ray’s residence. Although Gautam went there without making any prior appointment, Satyajit Ray welcomed him to his house and read Gautam’s book after which Satyajit got so impressed by Gautam that he offered to illustrate for ‘Sandesh,’ a Bengali cult favourite children’s magazine. Thereafter, Gautam’s illustrations and articles regularly appeared in Sandesh and other publications.

    Gautam Benegal's childhood picture

    Gautam Benegal’s childhood picture

  • At the age of 18, Gautam Benegal thought of trying his hand at animation so as to extend his artistic skills. He received professional training in classical animation, and subsequently, he went on to make several animation films.
  • Gautam Benegal was honored with the prestigious Rajat Kamal Award, the National Award for Best Animation Film for 2010: The Prince and the Crown of Stone. His films have been nominated for film festivals in Teheran, Belarus, Hiroshima, and Cairo among other places.
  • In 2011, Gautam Benegal published a book titled “1/7 Bondel Road,” a short story book for teenagers. The book includes his own illustrations and has received wide critical acclaim.The cover of Gautam Benegal's Book "1/7 Bondel Road"
  • Gautam Benegal, in 2012, showcased his painting in Bombay’s Cool Chef Café exhibition themed “Irani Cafes – the vanishing old world charm of Bombay.”

    Gautam Benegal at an exhibition

    Gautam Benegal at an exhibition

  • Gautam again showcased his painting in an exhibition in Carpe Diem, Majorda held in  2013, focusing on the memorable and timeless spaces of Bombay, and for the people who made it to those spaces. This time, the theme of the exhibition was “Continuum – The Enduring Spaces of Bombay.”
  • In 2018, Gautam Benegal’s satirical cartoon drawing showing showcasing India’s politics and leaders captioned “A1 Chicken Sope” went viral. He published that cartoon on his Facebook and got a huge response after which he made a series of satirical cartoons.

    Gautam Benegal's Chicken cartoon drawing

    Gautam Benegal’s Chicken cartoon drawing

  • Gautam Benegal considered Satyajit Ray and Soumitra Chatterjee as his role models in his life. He described them as a combination of education, refined sensibilities, advanced aesthetics, profound humanism, and undoubtedly good looks, but of decent men.

    Gautam Benegal's Facebook post

    Gautam Benegal’s Facebook post

  • Gautam Benegal owned a YouTube channel named “Gautam Benegal,” where he shared his thoughts on various social issues.