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Name  Shama Zaidi
Children  Seema Sathyu
Education  Woodstock School
Spouse  M. S. Sathyu
Role  Screenplay writer

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Born  25 September 1938 (age 77) (1938-09-25) Delhi
Occupation  screenwriter, costume designer
Parents  Bashir Hussain Zaidi, Begum Qudsia Zaidi
Movies  Jaanisaar, Garm Hava, Umrao Jaan, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Hari‑Bhari: Fertility
Similar People  M S Sathyu, Javed Siddiqui, Kaifi Azmi, Shyam Benegal, Muzaffar Ali

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Shama Zaidi (born 25 September 1938, at Rampur, India) is an Indian screenplay writer, costume designer, art director, theatre person, art critic, and documentary film maker. She is the wife of M S Sathyu, a filmmaker, designer, and art director who made the Urdu cult film Garam Hawa.

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Pride of india shama zaidi


Background

Shama Zaidi is the daughter of Bashir Hussain Zaidi, a politician and educationist, and his wife Qudsia Zaidi. Her mother Qudsia was an associate of Habib Tanvir, the communist ideologue and theatre personality. Shama was the only daughter of the couple and she has two brothers. Both her parents were closely associated with the "progressive" communist movement in India, and Shama grew up in a strongly left-wing environment. She was educated at Woodstock School, Mussoorie, and then at Miranda House, New Delhi. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Delhi University, and a diploma in stage design from the Slade School of Art, London.

Journalism

  • Art critic for The Statesman, Patriot and Shankar's Weekly, New Delhi.
  • Written numerous articles on film, theatre and television for Cinema Vision, Cinema in India, etc., and other journals and newspapers.
  • Theatre

    Zaidi became interested in costume design while in school at Woodstock, Mussoorie, which had extensive theatre activities. Also due to the influence of her mother Qudsia Zaidi, who started the Hindustani Theatre in the late 1950s with Habib Tanvir and other friends. In her college days at Miranda House she started helping out with the stage productions there, apart from taking active interest in Hindustani Theatre.

    After B A Shama went to Slade School of Art, London, for a one-year course in stage design and costume design. Then worked in Germany at the Frankfurt Municipal Theatre as an apprentice and for some time as an observer in the Berliner Ensemble. (Apprentice in stage, film and TV design to Herr Hein Heckroth, Frankfurt am Main, West Germany. Herr Heckroth was the designer of Red Shoes Hoffman's Tales, etc.)

    Returned to Delhi in 1961 and designed costumes for Hindustani Theatre before shifting to Bombay in 1965 where she worked as Writer, designer, Performer and Director for Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), Mumbai. Since 1980 she has designed more for films and television than theatre.

    Worked as writer, director, costume designer or art director for the following stage productions –

    Stage productions

  • Chou En-lai, a historical costume pageant for at Lodi Gardens, New Delhi
  • Hindustani Theatre

  • Shakuntala (1958) – Costume Design
  • Mitti ki Gaadi (1958)- Costume Design & Artiste
  • Khalid Ki Khala (1958)- Costume Design & Artiste
  • Mudrarakshas (1962) – Direction & Costume Design
  • Sufaid Kundali (1963) – Costume Design & Artiste
  • Mera Naam Trufaldeen (1964)- Adaptation & Costume Design
  • Indian People's Theatre Association, Mumbai

    Associated with the IPTA's Inter collegiate Drama Competition since 1972 as a jury member.

  • Translated/adapted over a dozen plays into Hindustani from various languages.
  • Cinema

    Written scripts/dialogues for documentaries and feature films with Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, M. S. Sathyu and others. Also done Costume Design and Art Direction.

    Filmography

  • Charandas Chor (1975) (The Thief Charandas)
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi Based on Habib Tanvir's retelling of a famous Rajasthani folk tale. Songs were by Habib Tanvir and most of the dialogues were improvised by the folk artistes.

  • Garam Hawa (Hot Winds) 1974 / Colour / 136min / Urdu Direction M S Sathyu; Screenplay Shama Zaidi & Kaifi Azmi; Costume Design Shama Zaidi
  • Based on a short story by Ismat Chugtai, which she expanded into a film treatment. Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Kaifi Azmi).

  • Manthan (The Churning) 1976 / Colour / 134min / Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Art direction Shama Zaidi

  • Shatranj Ke Khiladi शतरंज के खिलाड़ी (Chess Players) 1977 / Hindi
  • Direction Satyajit Ray; Costume Design Shama Zaidi Also assisted Ray with research on the background material and translated dialogues with Javed Siddiqi for the Indian characters in Urdu.

  • Kanneshwara Rama (The Legendary Outlaw) 1977 / Colour / 137min / Kannada & Hindi
  • Direction M S Sathyu; Script Shama Zaidi Based on the exploits of a legendary dacoit of the Malnad region in Karnataka.

  • Bhumika (The Role) 1977 / Colour / 142min / Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Art direction Shama Zaidi Based on the biography of Hansa Wadkar, a star of the Marathi folk theatre and cinema of the 1940s.

  • Umrao Jaan (The Courtesan) Colour / Hindi
  • Direction Muzaffar Ali; Script Shama Zaidi & Javed Siddiqi Based on a 19th-century Urdu novel.

  • Chakra (The Wheel) 1980 / Colour / 140min / Hindi
  • Direction Robin (Rabindra) Dharmraja; Script & Dialogues Shama Zaidi & Javed Siddiqi Based on the novel by Jaywant Dalvi.

  • Bara/Sookha (Famine) 1981 / Colour / 140min / Kannada & Hindi
  • Direction M S Sathyu; Screenplay & Dialogues Shama Zaidi & Javed Siddiqi Based on a short novel by U R Ananthamurthy.

  • Aarohan (The Ascent) 1982
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Script Shama Zaidi Based on a famous land dispute case.

  • Mandi (The Marketplace) 1983 / Colour / 160min / Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Script & Screenplay Shama Zaidi, Shyam Benegal & Satyadev Dubey

  • Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya (The Paths I Have Trod) 1985 / Colour / Hindi
  • Direction M S Sathyu; Original Screenplay Shama Zaidi

  • Susman (The Essence) 1986 / Colour / 140min / Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi Original screenplay on the Ikat handloom weavers of Andhra.

  • Trikaal (Past, Present, Future) 1986
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi & Shyam Benegal Based on an idea by Shyam Benegal.

  • Antarnaad (The Inner Voice) 1993
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi & Sunil Shanbag An original screenplay based on the Swadhyaya socio-religious movement founded by Pandurang Shastri Athavale.

  • Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (The Seventh Horse of the Sun) 1994
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi A puzzle screenplay based on the novel by Dharamvir Bharati.

  • Mammo 1995
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi & Khalid Mohamed

  • The Making of the Mahatma 1996
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Script Shama Zaidi, Shyam Benegal & Fatima Meer An Indo-South African co production on Mahatma Gandhi's life in South Africa.

  • Sardari Begum 1997 / Colour / 123min / Urdu
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay Shama Zaidi & Khalid Mohamed

  • Nishant
  • Art direction Shama Zaidi

  • Mrigtrishna
  • Costume Design Shama Zaidi

  • Haribhari 2000 / Colour / Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Script & Dialogues Shama Zaidi A film on women's empowerment made for the Ministry of Family Welfare.

  • Zubeidaa 2001/ Colour / Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Additional screenplay and dialogues Shama Zaidi

  • Netaji 2002-04/ Colour/Hindi-English
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Script and Dialogues Shama Zaidi & Atul Tiwari A film on the last years of Subhas Chandra Bose for Sahara Entertainment

  • Chamki Chameli 2005-2006/ Colour/ Hindi
  • Direction Shyam Benegal; Screenplay and dialogues Shama Zaidi & Atul Tiwari A film inspired by the 19th-century novella "Carmen" by Prosper Mérimée

    References

    Shama Zaidi Wikipedia


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