Kundan Shah

Kundan Shah (19 October 1947 – 7 October 2017) [1] was an Indian film director and writer. He is most known for his comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and his 1985–1986, TV series Nukkad with Saeed Akhtar Mirza.

Kundan Shah
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Born19 October 1947
Died7 October 2017(2017-10-07) (aged 69)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter
Years active1983–2014
Awards1983 Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorJaane Bhi Do Yaaro
1994 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa


Kundan Shah was born in a Gujarati family.[2]

Shah studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and he developed an interest in the comedy genre.

His directorial debut was the comedy film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (aka Who Pays the Piper) in 1983. He also was the co-writer of the film, with Satish Kaushik. The film introduced Indian cinema to satirical comedy for the first time and was well accepted as not being slapstick.

Shah then started to work in television. He was one of the directors of the popular sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, which started telecast in August 1984. He became a partner of Iskra, a company founded by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Aziz Mirza and others. In 1985–1986 he directed the TV series Nukkad (street) along with Saeed Akhtar Mirza. The serial was another folk comedy dealing with the routine life of street youngsters. In 1987 he directed another television serial named "Manoranjan", the comedy serial was based on film industry and became an instant hit. In 1988, he started directing sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya, based on cartoonist, R. K. Laxman's character, the common man, starring Anjan Srivastav.[3]

After directing several serials, Shah took a long break of 7 years from cinema.

Shah made his comeback to cinema in 1993. He directed the famous Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and wrote the screenplay for the film. The film was another comic love story but it also displayed new aspects to its credit – it was the first time that the hero in the film was an absolute loser. The film starred Shahrukh Khan in one of his first roles. The film was much acclaimed and both Shah and Khan were appreciated for their work. In 1994, Shah won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for the film. He was the first filmmaker to win this award.

In 1998, Shah directed another acclaimed film, Kya Kehna. Due to delay, the film released in 2000 and became the surprise hit of the year. The film dealt with the socially controversial issue of single parenthood. Preity Zinta gave a critically appreciated performance in the lead role of a teenage single-mother who tries to overcome the values of her society. This was to be her debut film but, due to the delay in release, she instead debuted in Dil Se.... The film also starred Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh.

Shah's next releases were Hum To Mohabbat Karega (2000) starring Bobby Deol and Karisma Kapoor, Ek Se Badhkar Ek (2004). None of these fared well at the box office.



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro[5] Director, Writer First Film
1985 Khamosh Writer
1986 Nukkad[6] Director TV Series
1988 Wagle Ki Duniya Director TV Series
1994 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Director, Writer
2000 Kya Kehna Director
2000 Hum To Mohabbat Karega Director, Writer
2002 Dil Hai Tumhaara Director, Writer
2004 Ek Se Badhkar Ek Director
2005 The Three Sisters Director
2006 Persai Kehte Hain Director TV series
2014 P Se PM Tak Director, Writer Last Film


  1. ^ "Kundan Shah passes away". addieu. 7 October 2017. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ Ghosh, Devarsi (7 October 2017). "Kundan Shah (1947-2017): The man who found laughter in woe is no more". Scroll.in.
  3. ^ "Trapped in Wagle's mould". Indian Express. 9 November 1999. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Filmmaker Kundan Shah passes away". The Hindu. PTI. 7 October 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 October 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro director Kundan Shah passes away - Rediff.com Movies". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Kundan Shah, Director Of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Dies At 69". NDTV.com. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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