Abbas–Mustan is an Indian film director, film producer & writer duo which was created by brothers Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla and Mustan Alibhai Burmawalla, known for directing stylish suspense, action and romantic thrillers in Bollywood with dark-lighted themes.[1] The duo directed the Bollywood films Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Ajnabee, Baadshah, Aitraaz, Humraaz, 36 China Town, Race, Race 2 and comedian Kapil Sharma's debut movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon.

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Abbas–Mustan at the 61st Filmfare Awards in 2016
Surat, Gujarat, India
  • Directors
  • Writers
  • Producers
Years active1990–present
Mustafa Alibhai Burmawalla (son)
RelativesHussain A. Burmawalla (brother)

Early life and careerEdit

Abbas Burmawalla, Mustan Burmawalla, and their brother Hussain Burmawalla are from Surat in Gujarat state. They began their career with Gujarati films. They joined Sultan Ahmed as assistant director who was directing the movie Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978). They later joined as assistant director with Govindbhai Patel to do several films. When Patel refused an opportunity to direct Gujarati film Sajan Tara Sambharana (1985), Abbas–Mustan received their first break to direct the movie, launching their career.

Their first Hindi movie as directors was Agneekaal in 1990. Since then, they have directed more than 14 Hindi movies. They eventually launched their own production house called Burmawalla Partners.

Asian Academy of Film & Television honored both of them with the Life Membership of International Film And Television Club.



Year Title Cast Notes
1990 Agneekaal Jeetendra, Raj Babbar, Madhavi
1992 Khiladi Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka Based on Khel Khel Mein (1975)
1993 Baazigar Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol Remake of A Kiss Before Dying[2]
1996 Daraar Juhi Chawla, Arbaaz Khan, Rishi Kapoor Based on Sleeping with the Enemy
1998 Soldier Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta
1999 Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan, Twinkle Khanna Based on Nick of Time
2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta Inspired by Avan Aval Adhu, Doosri Dulhan and pretty woman
2001 Ajnabee Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Kareena Kapoor Based on Consenting Adults
2002 Humraaz Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Amisha Patel Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
Based on A Perfect Murder
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Vatsal Sheth, Ayesha Takia Based on Christine
2004 Aitraaz Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra Based on Disclosure
2006 36 China Town Akshaye Khanna, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Isha Koppikar, Tanushree Dutta Based on Once Upon a Crime
2007 Naqaab Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Urvashi Sharma Inspired by Dot the i
2008 Race Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy Adaptation of Goodbye Lover
2012 Players Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu Remake of The Italian Job
2013 Race 2 Saif Ali Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Ameesha Patel
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon[3] Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Manjari Phadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi, Arbaaz Khan Based on Kannada film Nimbehuli[4][5]
2017 Machine[6] Mustafa Burmawalla, Kiara Advani
2021 Penthouse Bobby Deol, Arjun Rampal, Sharman Joshi, Mouni Roy, Cyrus Broacha, Tisca Chopra, Abrar Zahoor Will release on Netflix, mid-2021 [7]



  1. ^ "Abbas-Mustan haven't spent a single day apart in 54 years".
  2. ^ "10 'Iconic' Indian movies that were actually copied". 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "KAPIL SHARMA GETS FIT FOR DEBUT FILM KIS KISKO PYAR KARU". Archived from the original on 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Kis Kisko Pyar Karoon, Review: Odd Kapils".
  5. ^ "Kapil Sharma's debut film served with legal notice citing similarities to a Kannada film – Times of India".
  6. ^ "Mustafa on working with Abbas-Mustan after failure of Machine: I think I should also work with others". 4 July 2018.
  7. ^ 2021’s Upcoming Netflix Original Films | #AbMenuMeinSabNew | Netflix India, retrieved 3 March 2021

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