Kundan Shah, the acclaimed director has died of a heart attack at his Mumbai residence early Saturday. He was 69 years old.
Born on 19 October 1947, Shah studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made his directorial debut with “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” in 1983.
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.
Then he has made many films like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kya Kehna, Dil Hai Tumhara and P Se PM tak.
He teamed up with Saeed Akhtar Mirza for his debut TV show “Nukkad”. Then he directed episodes of TV series like Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, and Wagle Ki Duniya.
Many filmmakers and actors paid tributes.
Farhan Akhtar wrote, “Saddened to learn that Kundan Shah is no more. Will never forget his genuineness, his cinematic knowledge and his unique sense of humour. RIP”
Karan Johar said, “RIP Kundan Shah… A cult filmmaker … A solid story teller.”