- Famed Hindi film director Kundan Shah passed away at his Mumbai residence on Friday night, after suffering a heart attack
- Shah was best known for directing the 1983 satirical film, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro,’ for which he received the National Award.
He was 69.
Shah was best known for directing the 1983 satirical film, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ – his debut – for which he received the National Award.
The film, featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta, received a poor response at the box office, but went on to achieve cult status.
He also co-directed popular Hindi TV show ‘Nukkad,’ which aired on Doordarshan from 1986 to 1987, and directed comedy sitcom ‘Wagle Ki Duniya,’ based on characters created by RK Laxman. The latter ran from 1988 to 1990.
Shah had studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.
“I just got to know about Shah ‘s demise. I have reached his house. It is really sad,” Satish Shah , who played one of the principal characters in ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’,” told PTI.
‘What a tragic loss for cinema, for India.’
Filmmaker Kundan Mehta, who made iconic films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Kabhie Haan Kabhie Naa, succumbed to a heart attack on Saturday morning. He was 69.
He had studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made his feature film debut in 1983 with Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. The film did not become a box office success but Shah received his first and only National Award — Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director — for the movie which went on to become one of the most celebrated dark satirical comedies in the history of Indian cinema.
He made his directorial debut on television in 1986 with Nukkad.
In 1988, he directed the sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya, based on cartoonist R K Laxman’s character, the common man.
The director made his Bollywood comeback in 1993 with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.
His next film was Kya Kehna in 2000. Starring Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh, the movie became a surprise hit.
His colleagues and friends in Bollywood tweeted their condolences:
Karan Anshuman: ‘Awful, awful news… Kundan Shah is no more. What a tragic loss for cinema, for India.’
He added, ‘His Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron will be the greatest Indian satire ever made. His work in television Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Nukkad; forever landmark. And above all a modest human you could count on for counsel on life and film; I sought his take on most things I did. Beyond sad.’
Hansal Mehta:, ‘Jaane bhi do yaaron… RIP Kundan Shah. Sad news.’
Subhash Ghai: Good bye #kundan shah. We all @FTIIOfficial @Whistling_Woods shall remember u for your great films with us n in history indian cinema.’
Image: Naseeuddin Shah, Kundan Shah, Neena Gupta, Satish Shah, Om Puri and Ravi Baswani. Photographs: Gopal Shetty