Shalimar director Krishna Shah passes away

Shah directed Hard Rock Zombies and ran a production-distribution company in Los Angeles. He also produced Nagesh Kukunoor’s Hyderabad Blues and was involved in TV as well as theatre on Broadway and Off-Broadway

Indian filmmaker Krishna Shah, a familiar figure at the American Film Market who wrote, directed and produced genre films such as Hard Rock Zombies, died October 13 in Mumbai, India. He was 75 and had been ill since suffering a stroke last year.

Besides 1985’s Hard Rock Zombies, other horror or comedy films he produced were Evil Laugh (1986) and 1991’s Ted & Venus. He also directed the comedy American Drive-In.

Shah started his career directing Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones and Lou Gossett Jr in an adaptation of the play The River Niger in 1976. He wrote, directed and produced Bollywood pic Shalimar, starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman, in 1978 and a documentary on Indian movies, Cinema Cinema in 1979.

A graduate of UCLA and Yale, the Indian-born Shah co-wrote with Alan Paton and directed the short-lived South African play Sponano on Broadway in 1964. Off-Broadway he adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s The King of the Dark Chamber, which won two Obies and ran almost a year. Other legit 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 Hindu epic Ramayana in 1992 he started producing other Indian films including Nagesh Kukunoor’s debut Hyderabad Blues. He was working on Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor in 2012.

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.

Survivors include his wife, Diane, and a son.

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