Veteran Bollywood director Kundan Shah breathed his last on Saturday morning at his residence in Mumbai. Known for his 1983, classic comedy movie ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, Kundan Shah died in his sleep at the age of 69 years.
Kundan Shah was among the 23 other directors who announced to return their National Awards to the central government to protest against the growing intolerance in the country.

Kundan who was a student of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune is known for his remarkable contribution to the Indian entertainment industry.

Kundan Shah’s cult comedy ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ was his first directorial venture that fetched him the National Award for Best First Film of a Director.

‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ which is a satire on the corruption among police, civil authorities and journalists in India. The film is considered as one of most intellectual movies of all times. The movie saw excellent actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Pankaj Kapur, and Bhakti Barve come together.

Kundan Shah is also known for TV series like Nukkad (1986), Wagle Ki Duniya (1988). Shah Rukh Khan starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) and Preity Zinta’s Kya Kehna (2000) were also by Shah. ‘P Se PM Tak’ is Shah’s last directorial movie.

Members of Bollywood faternity took to their handles to mourn the death of Kundan Shah:

Karan Johar tweeted, “RIP Kundan Shah…. a cult filmmaker …a solid story teller….”

Manoj Bajpayee tweeted, “This is such a tragic news for all the cinema lovers.will miss you kundan sir.may you rest in peace!!”

Mahesh Bhatt tweeted, “A brave man Kundan Shah, who added vigour to the alternate cinema stream with movies like Jaane bhi do yaaro has left us. Adieux Kundan.”

Director Subash Ghai tweeted about his death writing, “Good bye Kundan Shah. We all @FTIIOfficial @Whistling_Woods shall remember u for your great films with us n in history Indian cinema.”

First Published | 7 October 2017 1:05 PM
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