MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA OCTOBER 24 , 2013 02.45 P.M.
Hollywood filmmaker of Indian origin , the first true Indian export to Hollywood , Krishna Shah , who wrote , directed and produced genre films such as “ Hard Rock Zombies ” [ 1985 ] died on Oct. 13 , 2013 in Los Angeles , U. S. A. He was 75 years old and had been ill since suffering a stroke last year.
He wrote, directed and produced Hindi film “ Shalimar ” [ 1978 ] starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman . It also marked the Bollywood debut of English actor Rex Harrison . In Bollywood he made a documentary on Indian movies , “ Cinema Cinema ” [ 1979 ] .
Besides “ Hard Rock Zombies ” [ 1985 ] , he also produced “ Evil Laugh ” [ 1986 ] and “ Ted & Venus ” [ 1991 ] . He also directed the comedy “ American Drive-In ” .
A graduate of UCLA and Yale , he initially co-wrote with Alan Paton and directed the short-lived South African play “ Sponano ” [ 1964 ] on Broadway . Off Broadway he adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s “ The King of the Dark Chamber ” which won two Obies and ran almost a year. His other credits include directing Athol Fugard’s “ Bloodknot ” as well as Milton Hood Ward’s “ Kindly Monies ” in London.
In TV he wrote episodes of “ The Flying Nun ” , “ Six Million Dollar Man ” and “ The Man From UNCLE ” among other shows.
After making an animated version of epic “ Ramayana ” [ 1992 ] , he started producing other Indian films including Nagesh Kukunoor’s debut “ Hyderabad Blues ” [ 1998 ] . At the time of his death he was working on “ Sleepaway Camp IV : The Survivor ” [ 2012 ] .
Krishna Shah ran his own production company Double Helix Films , a production , distribution and foreign sales company called MRI and later was a topper at Carnegie Film Group.
A member of the Writers Guild , he was assistant secretary in the Directors Guild and a member of the Academy .
He was the first true Indian export to Hollywood and should be respected for that .
VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer homage to the near and dear ones of the departed soul .
[ Several details of his life and career is taken from the Wikipedia and various other sources from internet . I express my gratitude . ]
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- Krishna Shah, Director of ‘Hard Rock Zombies,’ Dies at 75 (variety.com)
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- Bollywood Director Krishna Shah Dies (contactmusic.com)
- Shalimar Filmmaker Expires At The Age Of 75 (meraneed.com)
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