Bollywood mourns the Death of Filmmaker Kundan Shah

Director Kundan Shah famous for his film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was one of the early filmmakers who popularised the new wave parallel cinema in the early eighties. He brought a fresh air when he innovated the serious left-wing parallel stories with a twist of dark comedy. Today the veteran, passed away at his home early today due to cardiac arrest. He was 69.

After the news broke, Bollywood celebrities expressed grief over social media.Many of the prominent ones mourned his loss by their tweets :

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

RIP Kundan Shah…. a cult filmmaker …a solid story teller…..

Rip Kundan Shah…. A master storyteller no more. Condolences to the family and loved ones.

Saddened 2 hear my favourite director Kundan Shah is no more.. i learnt a lot frm him whilst filming kabbhihaankabhina..quiet genius he was

The man who made us laugh our heart out, the man who gave us all time cult #JaaneBhidoYaaro #KundanShah is no more! Shocking! RIP Sir!

Kundan Shah studied direction from FTII, Pune and made his feature film, the cult classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro(1983).

This was a  movie which had a great ensemble of stalwarts, like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Satish Shah and Ravi Vaswani.  Shah won the National Award for Best Debut Film Director -for the movie. It is still one of the best dark satirical funnies in the history of Indian cinema. However, Shah returned the award during the student demonstration in his university FTII in 2015. He made his directorial debut on tv in 1986 with the popular series 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 return in 1993 with Shah Rukh Khan.

Kundan Shah made waves on tv too. In 1986, He directed the popular series Nukkad. and his next was in 1988 when he directed the sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya, based on cartoonist R K Laxman’s character, the common man.

In 1993 he directed another gem Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa with Shah Rukh Khan. His next film was the controversial  Kya Kehna(2000 ). about an unmarried young girl who decides to keep her love-child. It had Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh in the cast.The film was a sleeper hit.

Shah couldn’t match his prowess with his later films which included Hum To Mohabbat Karega and P se PM tak. He was an unsung hero of sorts where his films were talked about than his filmmaking. Kundan Shah will be dearly missed.

Some pics from his funeral today at Shivaji Park.



Photo Courtesy: The Times Of India