Hollywood-based Indian filmmaker and former Double Helix head Krishna Shah has announced a slate of three films in Mumbai.

Shah and his brother Himanshu Shah have launched a Mumbai-based production company, Movie Moghuls and have announced the production of Aasman Ke Heere (Diamonds In The Sky) an English and Hindi love story set during an Indo-Pakistan nuclear confrontation.

The film will be shot mainly on location in Chandigarh later this year for a May 2004 release. Shah will also produce and direct Beiju Aur Tansen, a historical fiction set in the Moghul era of the 16th century.

Shooting will commence from September 2004 for a summer 2005 release.

Shah also announced the production of a $18m animated film on Lord Krishna to be produced with Yogo Sako of Japan.

Krishna Shah is best known in India for his 1978 Indo-American film Shalimar (The Deadly Thief) starring Hollywood actors Rex Harrison, Sylvia Miles and John Saxon and Indian stars Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman.

A graduate of UCLA Shah wrote and/or directed several television shows such as The Man From UNCLE, Ironside, Love, American Style and The Six Million Dollar Man. His feature length screenplays credits include Island In Harlem for MGM, April Morning for Samuel Goldwyn, and Rivals, which he produced and directed for Avco Embassy staring Joan Hackett and Robert Klien.

He also made a film on the Indian film industry Cinema Cinema (which screened in Directors Fortnight at Cannes) and his most recent work was Warrior Prince, a $12m animation feature which he wrote and co-produced.