Shahrukh Husain

Agent:  Conrad Williams

Biography: Writer, screenwriter, folklorist, psychotherapist and former British Film Censor, Shah's adaptation of IN CUSTODY was Ismail Merchant's directorial debut and was nominated for a BAFTA the and Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1995.  

In development:

  • THE MAHABARAT (2015. 20 x 1 hour adaptation on the Indian epic for Bend It Films, Sky TV)

Produced films and commissions:

  • UNDERCURRENTS (2009. A feature film tribute to noir/China Town set in anAsian Muslim context - Fruit Salad Films)
  • FIRE OF LOVE (2007. A feature film rewrite for Muzaffar Ali (a well-known Indian director) about the mystic and poet Rumi)
  • THE LAST MAHARAJA (2004. A film script in development with Gurinder Chadha. British Film Council/Bendit Films)
  • LUCREZIA BORGIA and MATA HARI (2000. TV mini-series in development with Phyllis Carlysle.  Italian director Stephano Reali was attached to Lucrezia)
  • NO! Segment for SISTERS OF THE SOUTH (1999. 30-minute theatrical film script for Seagull Entertainment. Commissioned by UNICEF Films Division)
  • MARIANNE, MY FANTASY (1998. Feature film script for Jean-Louis Bironne Productions: based on the novel by Shizuko Natsuki: BASIC INSTINCT meets REMAINS OF THE DAY)
  • LILAH (1995. A romantic fantasy for Buena Vista Films: Disney: Executive Producer: Goldie Hawn: To star Anette Bening)
  • IN CUSTODY (1993. Screenplay adaptation of Anita Desai's book for Merchant Ivory Productions: Shown at the London Film Festival: November 1993: as well as Indian, Berlin and Italian Film Festivals: Nominated for BAFTA 1994. Nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar 1995)

Plays:

  • A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS (2001. The story of Schehrazade - Unicorn Theatre.  Broke Christmas play record for ticket sales)
  • A MEGAWICKED STORY, (1990. A play for children with an anti-drugs message. Performed as puppet theatre in summer 1993)

Books (for adults and children, translated into 17 languages):

  • THE WISE FOOL: FABLES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST (2001. Barefoot Books)
  • THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MULLA NASRUDDIN (2007. Scholastic Books)
  • IN SEARCH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (2005. Penguin Books)
  • ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS SERIES (2001-02. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Vikings, Indian, African. Evans)
  • EROTIC MYTHS & LEGENDS (2000. Virago)
  • TALES FROM THE OPERA (1999. Barefoot Books)
  • TEMPTRESSES (1998. Virago)
  • SEXUALIA MUNDI (1998. Duncan-Baird Publishing)
  • GODDESSES (1997. Duncan-Baird Publishing - various US university editions)
  • THE CELTIC DAWN (1996. Editorial planning and various contribution)
  • WOMEN WHO WEAR THE BREECHES: DELICIOUS AND DANGEROUS TALES (1995. Virago. US rights sold to Anchor Doubleday)
  • THE VIRAGO BOOK OF WITCHES (Edited and introduced. Published October 1993. US edition Faber & Faber (HB) October 1994. Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian and German rights sold: October 1995)
  • MECCA (1993. Evans Brothers)
  • THE SEXUAL IMAGINATION (1993. Various contributions: a Feminist Companion: Jonathan Cape: Ed Harriet Gilbert)
  • EXPLORING INDIAN FOOD (1988. Mantra Publishing)
  • FOCUS ON INDIA (1986. Hamish Hamilton)
  • DEMONS, GODS AND HOLY MEN FROM INDIAN MYTH AND LEGEND (1986. Eurobook)
  • URDU LITERATURE (1985. With C Shackle and D Matthews: Third World Publications)

 

Screenwriting courses: 

  • Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin: Successful Television Writing: Writers University
  • Robert McKee:  3 Days on Structure: International Forum
  • Horror:  Screenwriters Store
  • Linda Seger (with whom Ms Husain also worked on a screenplay): Characters, Drama, Adaptation: International Forum
  • Chris Soth: Mini-movie Method(Chris has worked with Ms Husain on Undercurrents.  Robert McKee advised on it, too.)
  • Blake Sneider: Save the Cat
  • John Truby: 22 Steps:  Raindance
  • Jurgen Wolff: Plots: International Forum
  • Simon Brett: Sitcoms: London Media Workshops

Memberships:

  • Society of Authors (UK)
  • Producer-Writers Guild of North America, Hollywood Branch.

Other Work:

  • Senior Examiner: British Board of Film Classification 1985-1993
  • Psychotherapist 1992 -
  • Storyteller 1985 -
  • Various lectures and papers in Film, Women's Studies and Folklore including Goddess and Wiccan workshops.