‘Jaane Bhi Do...’ Director Kundan Shah No More; PM Expresses Grief

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro director, Kundan Shah passed away at his residence. 

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Kundan Shah is no more. 

Bollywood director Kundan Shah, 69, passed away at his residence on Saturday morning following a heart attack.

The director is known for some of the most iconic Bollywood films, including Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) and TV shows like Nukkad (1986) and Wagle Ki Duniya (1988).

Shah passed away after suffering a heart attack, sources close to the family told PTI.


Many have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of the iconic filmmaker. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his condolences.

Others from the industry also took to Twitter to express their grief.

Kundan 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 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983).

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 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.

In 1988, he directed the sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya, based on cartoonist R K Laxman's character, the common man.

The director made his Bollywood comeback in 1993 with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.

His next film was Kya Kehna (2000). Starring Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh, the movie became a surprise hit.

Though Shah made several films after that, commercial success eluded him.

(With inputs from PTI)

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