Acclaimed writer-director Kundan Shah passed away on October 7th 2017, in Mumbai. Shah got a massive heart attack in his sleep at 5 am on Saturday morning. The filmmaker, who had a great command over the genre of satire and black comedy , was 70.
Kundan Shah was an alumni of the prestigious Film and Television Insitute of India, Pune. He was most famous for the black comedy, one of the biggest cult classic movies of all time, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) which also won him the National Film Award – Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. His other major films include Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa (1994) and Kya Kehna (2000); while he also directed famous television shows like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984), Nukkad (1986) and Wagle Ki Duniya (1988). His last film ‘P se PM Tak’ released in 2014.
Shah always showed a great support and an active endorsement for the Screenwriters Association and its goals. He was a regular at the Association’s major events and gatherings during which SWA members would catch him up for intense, as well as candid, discussions about cinema and comedy.
We at SWA, deeply mourn the demise of Shri Kundan Shah and pray for his soul to rest in peace.
Click here for an article from our archives, written exclusively for SWA website by Kundan Shah in 2012. The following is a video interview of Kundan Shah, conducted by Gayatri Gauri –