Bollywood director Kundan Shah passed away on Saturday morning the age of 69. Shah who took his last breath at his residence passed away after a heart attack. He is known for films like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ (1983), ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ (1993) and TV shows like ‘Nukkad’ (1986) and ‘Wagle Ki Duniya’ (1988). His last film ‘P se PM Tak’ released in 2014. The news of his death was confirmed to The Indian Express by his daughter. Shah was a student of the Film and Television Insitute of India, Pune and along with his peers, gave Hindi cinema one of its best satirical comedies.
Shah made his directorial debut with cult classic ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ with Naseeruddin Shah in the lead role. It also had a range of other talented actors like Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri and Satish Shah. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is still considered as one of the classics of Hindi cinema. He even won the National Award for Best First Film of a Director for the same. In his later years, Shah directed films like ‘Kya Kehna’ (2000) and ‘Dil Hai Tumhara’ (2002).
Many Bollywood celebs expressed grief on social media platforms after Kundan Shah’s death. “A brave man Kundan Shah, who added vigour to the alternate cinema stream with movies like Jaane bhi do yaaro has left us. Adieux Kundan ????????????,” wrote Mahesh Bhatt on Twitter.
A brave man Kundan Shah, who added vigour to the alternate cinema stream with movies like Jaane bhi do yaaro has left us. Adieux Kundan ????????????
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) October 7, 2017
Shah was in the news a couple of years back when he, along with 23 other directors announced that they were returning their National Awards to the central government as part of a protest against growing intolerance in the country.