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Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers known for directing stylish suspense, action and romantic thrillers in Bollywood with dark-lighted themes.[2] Their films mostly have all the characters with shades of grey. Even the main hero or central character in their films also has grey or negative shades with selfish desire and passion to do anything to meet his/her goal and does anything to succeed their goal. They have frequently cast Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor in their work. They recently launched Abbas's son Mustafa in the film Machine, a musical sports love story with Kiara Advani which was a failure at the box office. The duo directed landmark Bollywood films like Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Ajnabee, Baadshah, Aitraaz, Humraaz, 36 China Town, Race, Race 2 and comedian Kapil Sharma's debut movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon. They have prominently worked with the production house Venus Worldwide Entertainment and Tips Films, all of which were blockbusters.

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Abbas–Mustan at the 61st Filmfare Awards
ResidenceMumbai, India[1]
Occupationdirectors, writers, producers
Years active1990–present



The duo began their career with Gujarati films. In 1990, the duo made their Hindi directorial debut with the film Agneekaal, starring Raj Babbar, Jeetendra, Madhavi and Sonu Walia.

Early life and careerEdit

Abbas Burmawalla, Mustan Burmawalla, and their brother Hussain Burmawalla are from Surat in Gujarat state. Abbas–Mustan wanted to do something different from their family business of furniture, which led them to seek guidance from their Hindi film editor uncle, S.D. Kura, who advised them to undertake film editing to learn the craft and then progress to their goal of film direction. 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, which became a hit, thus launching their career.

After Abbas–Mustan's film journey began as director, they initially stuck to directing Gujarati movies, before moving into bigger scale of directing Hindi movies. Their first Hindi movie as directors was Agneekaal starring Jeetendra, Raj Babbar, and Madhavi in 1990. Since then, they have directed more than 14 Hindi movies. They eventually launched their own production house called Burmawalla Partners. In most of their films, name of the lead actor is Raj and lead actress is Priya.

The duo are renowned for taking inspiration from Hollywood films and adding glamour to them. Asian Academy of Film & Television honored both of them with the Life Membership of International Film And Television Club.



Year Title Cast Notes
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 [3]
1996 Daraar Juhi Chawla, Arbaaz Khan, Rishi Kapoor Based on Sleeping with the Enemy
1998 Soldier Bobby Deol, Priety Zinta Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
Remade as Villu
1999 Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan, Twinkle Khanna Based on Nick of Time and If Looks Could Kill with some scenes inspired by Rush Hour and Mr. Nice Guy
2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Salman Khan, Rani Mukherji, Priety Zinta Inspired by Avan Aval Adhu and Doosri Dulhan and pretty woman
2001 Ajnabee Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Kareena Kapoor Based on Consenting Adults
2002 Humraaz Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Amisha Patel Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
Based on A Perfect Murder
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Vatsal Seth, Ayesha Takia Based on Christine
2004 Aitraaz Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Based on Disclosure
2006 36 China Town Akshaye Khanna, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal Based on Once Upon a Crime
2007 Naqaab Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Urvashi Sharma Inspired by Dot the i
2008 Race Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Riyas Rahim 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 Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Amisha Patel Some place recorded in Turkey
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon[4] Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Manjari Fadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi, Arbaaz Khan Based on Kannada film Nimbehuli [5][6]
2017 Machine [7] Mustafa Burmawalla, Kiara Advani



  1. ^ "Abbas - Mustan on their upcoming film, Machine, Race 3 and Baadshah". 6 March 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Abbas-Mustan haven't spent a single day apart in 54 years".
  3. ^ "10 'Iconic' Indian movies that were actually copied". 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "KAPIL SHARMA GETS FIT FOR DEBUT FILM KIS KISKO PYAR KARU". Archived from the original on 7 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Kis Kisko Pyar Karoon, Review: Odd Kapils".
  6. ^ "Kapil Sharma's debut film served with legal notice citing similarities to a Kannada film – Times of India".
  7. ^ "Mustafa on working with Abbas-Mustan after failure of Machine: I think I should also work with others". 4 July 2018.

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