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Date of Birth 1938Bombay, India
Date of Death 13 October 2013Mumbai, India

Mini Bio (1)

Born in India, a graduate of Bombay, Yale and UCLA, Krishna Shah is the first Asian-American writer/director/producer who has won critical acclaim on Broadway and in Hollywood.

On Broadway, Shah directed and co-authored, with Alan Paton, a South African play "Sponono", and on Off-Broadway he adapted and directed Nobel Prize winner Rabindraneth Tagore's `The King Of The Dark Chamber' which ran for a year and received two OBIE Awards.

Off-Broadway, he produced and adapted `Kalidasa's Shakuntala' at St. Mark's Theatre, which ran for two months. He directed the second company of Athol Fugard's `Bloodknot' for Lucille Lortel, which ran for six months. He also directed Milton Hood Ward's `Kindly Monies' at New Arts Theatre in London. In Hollywood, Shah's feature length screenplays include `Island In Harlem' for MGM, `April Morning' for Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., and `Rivals' that he produced and directed for Avco starring Joan Hackett and Robert Klein. `Rivals' is considered a classic psychiatric film.

Shah's `River Niger' starring Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones and Lou Gosset Jr. garnered many awards, including Best Direction at the Virgin Island International Film Festival and Golden Globe nomination. He wrote and directed `Shalimar' starring Rex Harrison, Silvia Miles, and John Saxon, and co-wrote and directed `Cinema Cinema' (Director's Fortnight at Cannes). He also co-wrote, directed and produced `American Drive-In' released by Vestron and `Hard Rock Zombies', a classic released by Cannon.

In the last few years, Shah has been involved with films about India. His presentation of Harish Saluja's `The Journey' won the most popular film award at the Florida Film Festival and his presentation of Nagesh Kukunoor's "Hydrabad Blue" became on of the largest grossing independent films in India.

`The Prince Of Light', a twelve million dollar animation film that he co-wrote and produced is scheduled for a US release with three hundred prints. The work-in progress was an entry at Cardiff Animation Festival, Montreal Film Festival and premiered at the Lucca Animation Film Festival, Italy in 2000. It won the `Best Animation Film' Of the Year: 2001 award at Santa Clarita International Family Film Festival, and was one of the nine contenders for the OSCARS 2002 in the feature animation category.

Shah has an enviable track record as an entrepreneur in Hollywood. As a President and CEO of Double Helix Films, a public company, and then Carnegie Film Group, Shah brought in professionalism and gave the company an aggressive stance in the industry. In the years 1984 to 1990 under his supervision, the company developed and produced several films: `Kiss Daddy Goodnight' (Uma Thurman's first film), `Warriors' (William Shatner and Michael Pare), `Cease Fire' (Don Johnson), `Matewan' (James Earl Jones), `Mob Story' (Margot Kidder), and the all-time horror cult favorites, `Sleepaway Camp II & Sleepaway Camp III'. A sequel is now being made by a major studio.

As the President of his own company, MRI, INC a full fledged Production/Distribution/Foreign sales company, he handled many films, such as `Introducing Janet' (Jim Carrey's first film), `Omega Cop I and II' (David Carradine and Adam West), `Chinatown Connection' (Bruce Ly and Lee Majors), `Dust to Dust' (Willie Nelson and Robert Vaughn), `Little Noise' (Tatum O'Neil), `Fun' (Prize winner at Sundance), etc.

Shah wrote and/or directed several television shows including `The Man From UNCLE', `Love American Style', `The Flying Nun', and `The Six Million Dollar Man'.

Shah is a member of the Director's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USA and has served as an Assistant Secretary to The Directors Guild of America. He has also served as an alternate Co-Chair of the Asian-American Committee of Directors Guild of America. He is a member of The Writers Guild.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Alex Jay

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