Kumar Shahani is a noted Indian Film director, born in Larkana, Sindh (now in Pakistan), on 7 December 1940. After the Partition of India his family shifted to the city of Bombay (now Mumbai). He received a BA (hons) from the University of Bombay in Political Science and History and studied Screenplay Writing and Advanced Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, where he was a student of Ritwik Ghatak. He also studied under the renowned Marxist historian D. D. Kosambi. He was awarded a French Government Scholarship for further studies in France, where he studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) and assisted Robert Bresson on Une Femme Douce. He returned to India to make his first feature film Maya Darpan in 1972 and had to wait twelve years before he received funding to make his next full length feature film, Tarang.
|1965||The Glass Pane||Graduate Diploma film|
|1967||Manmad Passenger||short film|
|1969||A Certain Childhood||short film|
|1970||Rails for the World||short film|
|1972||Maya Darpan||Winner Filmfare Award - Best Film (Critics)|
|1973||Fire in the Belly||short film|
|1976||Our Universe||short film|
|1987||Vaar Vaar Vaari||short film|
|1989||Khayal Gatha||Winner Filmfare Award - Best Film (Critics)
Winner FIPRESCI Prize - Rotterdam International Film Festival
|1989||A Ship Aground||short film|
|1990||Kasba||Winner Filmfare Award - Best Film (Critics)|
|1997||Char Adhyaya||Bengali film|
|2000||The Bamboo Flute|
|2004||As the Crow Flies|
- Filmfare Critics Awards - Best Film (1972, 1990, 1991)
- The International Film Festival of Rotterdam - FIPRESCI Award (1990)
- Prince Claus Award (1998)
- Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council. "Mr. Kumar Shahani", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
- Upperstall.com Profile. "Kumar Shahani Upperstall Profile", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
- House of World Culture. "Kumar Shahani", "Culturebase The International Artist Database" Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
- G.K, "Musings of a Marxist," "The Hindu", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
- "The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.