Cult Indian filmmaker Kundan Shah passes away

Cult Indian filmmaker Kundan Shah passes away

The director, best known for his celebrated social satire Janey Bhi Do Yaron, died after a heart attack
08 Oct, 2017

Celebrated Indian filmmaker Kundan Shah, best known for his celebrated social satire Janey Bhi Do Yaron, died on Saturday at his Mumbai home following a heart attack. He was 69.

Shah had studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made his feature film debut in 1983 with the cult classic that starred Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Bhakti Barwe.

The film did not become a box office success but Shah received his first and only National Award — Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director — for the movie, which later went on to become one of the most celebrated dark satirical comedies in the history of Indian cinema.

Shah returned the award during the student protest in his alma mater FTII in 2015. He made his directorial debut on television in 1986 with the popular series Nukkad.

Shah Rukh Khan, who acted in Kundan’s applauded movie Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, posted his condolence on Twitter.

“Oh my friend I miss you. I know u will bring smiles around wherever u are...but this world will laugh less now. RIP,” wrote Shah Rukh Khan.

His peers in Bollywood also posted their tributes:

Originally published in Dawn, October 8th, 2017


Aslam Q adri Oct 08, 2017 02:37pm
I was not born when your cult movie released "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", but have heard & seen, Awesome Movie, Rest In Peace!
Dr.Cajetan Coelho Oct 08, 2017 03:09pm
Respectful farewell to Kundan Shah.
Nitin Oct 08, 2017 03:49pm
Strange, when you are alive, nobody gives you work. When you are dead, everybody pays homage
skp Oct 08, 2017 04:18pm
till today I like to watch Janne Bhi Do Yaroo that movie we watched when we r in school but never get satisfied , this movie introduced new talent of Nasiruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapor, Nina Gupta, Satich Shah, Om Puri, Bhakti Barwe, Ravi Baswani all made their name in hindi movies
Sm Oct 08, 2017 04:29pm
Jaane bhi do yaron is an all time favorite. RIP
Shahdab Oct 08, 2017 04:36pm
JBDY. One of the best Indian comedy film ever