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Shirish Kunder (born 24 May 1973) is an Indian filmmaker. After working as an editor on 21 films starting with Champion (2000), Kunder made his screenwriting and directorial debut with Jaan-E-Mann (2006). He is married to choreographer and film director Farah Khan whom he met while working on her 2004 film Main Hoon Na.

Shirish Kunder
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Born (1973-05-24) 24 May 1973 (age 46)[1]
Mangalore, Karnataka
OccupationFilm writer, producer, director, editor and composer
Spouse(s)Farah Khan (m. 2004)
RelativesAshmith Kunder (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Kunder is a Tuluva and was born on 24 May 1973 in Mangalore to a Tulu-speaking family,[2] and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He studied electronics and telecommunications engineering at the SDM College of Engineering and Technology in Dharwad.[citation needed]


Kunder worked as an electronics engineer in Motorola for four years before changing profession and entering the film industry as an editor,[3] and in 2004 he married Farah Khan who was eight years older than him. Kunder then turned to direction in his debut film, Jaan-E-Mann. Apart from editing and composing the film score, he also wrote the film. The film starred Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta, and was released on 20 October 2006. The film was critically acclaimed for its innovative visual narrative style. The audience and critics reception has been overwhelming.[4]

He was a co-producer of Tees Maar Khan, along with Twinkle Khanna and Ronnie Screwvala which he also co-wrote with his brother Ashmith Kunder. Kunder edited the film and composed its title track.[5] The film starred Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna, and was released on 24 December 2010. This film was successful at the box office with a worldwide gross of Rs. 99,51,45,000.[6]

Kunder's second directorial venture was Joker, which he wrote, produced, directed, edited and composed the film score. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Shreyas Talpade, and was released on 31 August 2012. This film did not perform well at the box office.[7]

Kunder's third directorial venture was an 18-minute short film titled Kriti, a psychological thriller, featuring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma. It was released to YouTube on 22 June 2016.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Kunder is also known for his socially relevant satirical tweets on social media and has 1.5 million Twitter followers.[14][15][16]

Kunder also wrote the humour column "Shirishly Speaking" for the Indian national daily newspaper DNA between 2016 and 2017.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

On 9 December 2004, Kunder married director and choreographer Farah Khan. She gave birth to their triplets, son Czar and daughters Diva and Anya, on 11 February 2008 at Mumbai's Jaslok hospital.[18][19][20] Sajid Khan is his brother-in-law and Film Editor Ashmith kunder is his younger brother.





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  1. ^ "16 times birthday boy Shirish Kunder rocked it on Twitter". The Indian Express. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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  3. ^ Joshi, Namrata (2 December 2017). "An outsider will remain an outsider: Shirish Kunder". Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via
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  7. ^ "Akshay Kumar's Joker flops at box office". Digital Spy. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan Says Shirish Kunders Short Film Kriti is Delightful". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Big B congratulates Shirish Kunder for 'Kriti'". The Times of India. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan congratulates Shirish Kunder for Kriti". 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Shirish Kunder's short film 'Kriti' garners three million views on YouTube". Firstpost. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Shirish Kunder slaps a Rs 5 crore lawsuit on Aneel Neupane over 'Kriti' - Times of India".
  13. ^ "Kunder Slaps Rs 5 Crore Lawsuit on Aneel Neupane Over 'Kriti' Row".
  14. ^ "Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder: Here is when he talked about his angry tweets and trolls that explode in fury". The Indian Express. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Meet Shirish Kunder, Twitter's latest hero". Mid-day. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Meet Bollywood's most acerbic Twitter stars". Hindustan Times. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  17. ^ "DNA Celebrity Column: Shirishly Speaking - Shirish Kunder is the agony uncle you never saw coming". 8 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Farah Khan gives birth to triplets". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Farah Khan gives birth to triplets". 11 February 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Farah Khan gives birth to bonny triplets". Zee News. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016.