Veteran Filmmaker Kundan Shah Dead

RBN Web Desk: National award winning filmmaker Kundan Shah died today morning after suffering a massive heart attack in his sleep. He was 69.

Shah rose to fame with his directorial debut Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro in 1983. He followed it up with box office hits like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa in 1993, and Kya Kehna in 2000.

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One of the most amiable personalities in the entire Hindi film industry, Kundan Shah was known for his sardonic sense of humour that reflected in the films that he directed and wrote.

A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Kundan along with his batchmates, gave Hindi cinema one of its all-time best satires, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Though the film received lukewarm response on its release, it has since attained cult status and is considered among the top classics in Indian cinema. The making of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro involved some of the best talents in the industry who went on to become stalwarts in their own right, like writers Sudhir Mishra and Satish Kaushik, assistant director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and editor Renu Saluja. The music for the film was composed by Vanraj Bhatia. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro won Kundan Shah the national award for the best debutante director.

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Kundan was hugely successful in TV as well with serials like Nukkad, Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, and Wagle Ki Duniya. The content of his work almost always revolved round the Indian middle class and their joys and sorrows.

Bollywood expressed deep grief on the death of this gentleman filmmaker.

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