Abhishek Shah is an actor, writer, director, and producer based in Gujarat. Shah also works with theatres with over nineteen years of experience as an actor, writer, and director in the theatre world. Shah’s is a well-known name in Ahmedabad theatre. The plays scripted and helmed by him have received numerous awards. The auteur has been active in the acting field since quite early. Besides movies and plays, Shah is known for writing radio scripts, TV show scripts, corporate films, social media films, among others. He has also produced radio programs. Abhishek Shah’s most significant achievement to date has been his National Award-winning movie Hellaro. Hellaro is the only Gujarati film that has bagged the National Award for Best Film (Swarna Kamal). The movie was scripted, directed and co-produced by Shah.
Hellaro was the first movie to be helmed by the versatile director. The Gujarati flick bagged both Best Feature Film and Special Jury awards at the 66th
National Film Awards
, which was the first for a Gujarati movie in the history of Indian cinema. Shah’s debut movie as a director and National Award winner Hellaro was based on the folklore of Kutch. According to Shah, he heard the tale from a friend and decided to adapt it into the movie. He further added that, despite being inspired by folklore, the characters, expressions, and the rest is genuine and is the result of his imagination. The Gujarati flick features
in the leading roles. The auteur clarified that the movie is about women’s expression rather than their empowerment. Shah was born on November 29, 1982. His father named Jayanti, was a banker in Ahmedabad, while his mother, Kanta was a housewife. He graduated in Science and pursued his post-graduation in journalism. In 2006, the filmmaker married
, a theatre and film actress who secured the Special Jury award for Hellaro at 66th National Film Awards. The duo was blessed with a baby girl named Saanjh in 2013.
Abhishek worked as a casting director for several Gujarati movies like Chhello Divas, Bey Yaar, Shu Thayu?, and Wrong Side Raju. He also introduced actors like
in the Gujarati cinema. Shah attributes his foray into the movies to director
, known for films, Kevi Rite Jaish and Bey Yaar. He worked as a casting director for these films. Abhishek stated that since he had quite a lot of experience as a director of plays, film direction was readily offered. He, along with others, always harbored the desire to direct a movie with a solid plot that could earn recognition at the national level. In an interview, the auteur stated that his interest in acting developed when he was pretty young. He once won a prize for a seven-minute role in a mono-acting competition. That victory inclined him towards theatre.
When he was young, he got the opportunity to showcase his acting talent at the bank where his father worked. Abhishek would be an active part of the annual drama festival at Bank of Baroda. That further helped him sharpen his acting skills. He had other opportunities to pursue the craft when Kabir Thakore, a theatre actor, offered him a role at the INT drama competition. That was when Abhishek was already engaged with Akashvani, the government radio station. The play bagged the top award, earning him some fame and deepening his passion. Due to his achievement at the national level, Shah has been compared to well-known writer and director
. His work is lauded for being both natural and having a good storyline and has been compared with that by
, who is considered one of the most revered filmmakers of Indian cinema.