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Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Kundan Shah: He gifted us few, but impactful films

Kundan Shah: He gifted us few, but impactful films

The movie also earned a National Film Award, Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director to him. "Best remembered for his "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron" Condolences to his family", the official President of India Twitter handle quoted the President as saying. "I still remember that day and that's the day I'd like to remember when he is no more" added Kabir Khan. He also co-wrote the film with Satish Kaushik. "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron" was his first film as a director and is still considered as one of the classics of Hindi cinema. Film Stars have used words like "legendary, ' 'solid story teller, ' 'inspiring" and 'master film maker, ' to describe Kundan Shah, who would have been 70 later this month. And Shah believed it gave "a lot to the entire cast and crew and its success is beyond their imagination too". Doordarshan's popular comedy series, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984) was also directed by him. Then came Manoranjan (1987), a comedy about the Hindi film industry, and finally in 1988 came Wagle Ki Duniya (1988), a show based on RK Laxman's common man that made actor Aanjjan Srivastav a household name.

When he appeared for the interview at FTII, Shah was told that filmmaking was a frustrating business, and asked how he would cope with it.

Shah returned to films with the 1993 coming-of-age romantic drama "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa", which saw Shah Rukh Khan romance Suchitra Krishnamoorthi. It is for this very reason that Kundan Shah mattered more to millions of Indians than one would like to imagine. Both SRK and Shah were appreciated for their work. With teenage pregnancy at its core, the Preity Zinta-starrer was ahead of its time and did well.

His last movie "P se PM Tak" was released in the year 2014.

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