Birthday: 25-09-1938
Age: 80
Star sign: Libra

Shama Zaidi is an Indian costume designer, screenplay writer, art director, art critic, theater artist, and documentary filmmaker. She was born on the 25th of September in the year 1938. She is a native of the Indian town of Rampur. Her husband is M S Sathyu who is a filmmaker, art director, and a designer. He is known for his cult movie in Urdu called Garam Hawa. Shama is the daughter of the reputed politician and educationist Bashir Hussain Zaidi. Her mother’s name is Qudsia Zaidi who is an associate of the theater personality and communist ideologue Habib Tanvir. Shama has two brothers.

Both her parents were active parts of the communist movement in India and hence, Shama grew up in an aura which was strongly left-wing. She did her schooling in Mussoorie’s Woodstock School. She did her college from the esteemed Delhi University's Miranda College. She has a degree of Bachelors in English Literature. She also has a diploma from the Slade School of Art situated in the city of London. The diploma is in Stage Design. Shama Zaidi was an Art Critic for Patriot and Shankar’s Weekly’s The Statesman which is published in New Delhi. She wrote multiple articles on television, theater and film for Cinema in India, Cinema Vision and much more.

During her school life in Mussoorie, she became interested in costume design and various extensive theater activities. Due to the influence of her mother, who was the founder of Hindustani Theater along with Habib Tanvir, Shama became interested in stage activities. In her college, Miranda House, she started taking an active interest in Hindustani Theater and her college’s theater group. After her diploma in London, she worked in Germany as an apprentice in film, stage and TV design to Herr Heckroth at the Frankfurt Municipal Theater. Herr Heckroth was the famous designer of the brand Red Shoes Hoffman's Tales, etc.

In the year 1961, she returned to New Delhi. In the capital city, she worked as a costume designer for the Hindustani Theater. In the year 1965, she shifted to the Bollywood city of Mumbai. She worked in Mumbai as a designer, writer, performer and director for IPTA – Indian People’s Theater Association. From the year 1980 onwards, she started designing more for films and television, losing her interest in the theater. Her work can be seen in numerous hit movies and long-running television shows. While working as a designer, her interest in other aspects of the industry resurfaced. She started taking up a few projects as a writer.

Shibani Bathija Hindi Actress

Shibani Bathija

Shibani Bhatija is an Indian screenplay and dialogue writer who works in the Bollywood film industry. She is known for her work in the Hindi feature films Fanaa and My Name Is Khan. Shibani did a major in English composition from the DePauw University in Greencastle in Indiana in the United States of America, from where she graduated in 1990. She also studied Communication at the San Francisco State University in San Francisco in California. She then worked as an advertisement copywriter at the Contract Advertising Private Limited from 1992 to 1995. Then Shibani moved to India. Shibani worked at the Sony Entertainment Television network as the Manager of the Creative Department for the Hindi serial Hum To Pardesi Ho Gaye from March 2000 till March 2002. Shibani joined the Yash Raj Films production house in 2002. There she made her Bollywood film industry debut when she wrote the story and screenplay for the romance thriller flick Fanaa directed by Kunal Kohli. The Bollywood movie hit the silver screens on 26th May 2006. The Hindi films won three Filmfare Awards and two Popular Awards. Shibani received critical acclaim for her work. Shibani wrote the screenplay for the Hindi feature film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna directed and co-written by Karan Johar. The Bollywood flick hit the big screens on 11th August 2006. Shibani wrote the story and the screenplay for the crime drama thriller flick Kidnap directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. The Hindi feature film hit the cinema halls on 2nd October 2008. The Bollywood movie did very poorly at the box office and received criticism but the actor Imran Khan won nominations for his Best Performance in a Negative Role. Shibani’s most highly acclaimed work and greatest achievement as a writer was her story, script and dialogues she wrote for the Hindi adventure movie My Name Is Khan directed by Karan Johar. The feature film hit the big theatres on 12th February 2010. Shibani won the Zee Cine Award under the Best Story category in 2011 and the Award For Technical Excellence under the Best Story category at the 2011 Awards of the International Indian Film Academy. She got a nomination for the Award for Technical Excellence under the Best Screenplay category at the Awards of the International Indian Film Academy in 2011. The movie made rounds at several film festivals including most recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival on 14th April 2017.

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