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Last Updated 19.03.2019 | 10:53 PM IST
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Krishna Shah stages a comeback:

Twenty years ago, he carved a success-path for others to tread. Remember Krishna Shah, the man who made SHALIMAR, starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman, besides Hollywood actors Rex Harrison, Sylvia Miles and John Saxon? A true crossover film, where 25 foreign technicians worked alongside Indian technicians. Besides SHALIMAR, his other Indian association was CINEMA CINEMA, a fictional documentary on Indian cinema with participation and narration from Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Zeenat Aman. Shah, after having established himself firmly as writer-director-producer in the U.S., is all set to begin his second innings on home soil. Back in India to promote his home banner Movie Moghuls in association with his brother Himanshu Shah, he’s starting not one, but three projects at a go:- ‘BEIJU AUR TANSEN’ A historical fiction set in Moghul era of the 16th century. The story is about a music contest between two musical monoliths, Tansen one of the nine jewels in Emperor Akbar’s court and Beiju a freedom-loving young gypsy, an untrained child who sings from his soul. The music of the film will have classical, gypsy and Sufi influence, a confluence of Western, Oriental and Middle Eastern cultures. The cast and crew are to be finalised. Shooting will commence from September 2004 and is scheduled for a summer 2005 release. The entire interiors will be shot in Mumbai and the exteriors in Rajasthan. ‘AASMAN KE HEERE’ It is a love story set amidst an Indo-Pakistan nuclear confrontation. To be shot in Hindi and English [for the English version, the title will be DIAMONDS IN THE SKY], the film is a romantic thriller with strong political overtones. It is a race-against-time theme, with the treatment in classical Hollywood style. The film will be shot mainly on location in Chandigarh later this year for a May 2004 release. Both the films will be directed and scripted by Krishna Shah. ‘KRISHNA-THE MAGIC CHILD’ An animated film, it will be produced along with Yugo Sako of Japan, who will also direct the film. With a budget of US $ 18-20 million, the film will be made in English in 2-D as well as 3-D technology. The film will be primarily made for the international audience as also the growing Indian market for animation films. The film will be made in two parts, each of around 90 minutes, and will be produced simultaneously.

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