Kundan Shah is an Indian director and scriptwriter known for his comedy cults such as the film “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and the television series “
Nukkad.” He obtained his Diploma in 1976 from the “Film and Television Institute of India” (FTII) in Pune, in direction. He started assisting Saeed Mirza on the sets of Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai in 1980 and the following year he also assisted Robin Dharamraj in “Chakra.” Shah also created a documentary titled Vision of the Blind, for the Films Division of India, in ’81.
However, his breakthrough in the industry arrived in the name of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” which was his directorial debut and co-wrote the film alongside
Satish Kaushik. Even though the movie did not gross much at the
Box Office, it was considered to be one of the top comedy cults in India and introduced satires to the country. He received ‘The Indira Gandhi Award’ for Best Film in ’83. Shah, later on, moved into television, co-directing popular sitcom “
Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi” which aired in August 1984.
He also partnered Saeed Mirza and
Aziz Mirza in establishing ISKRA. Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah also worked together on their next project, a sitcom based on the life of street youngsters titled “Nukkad”. He also went on to direct the comedy “
Manoranjan” and R.K.Laxman adaptation based
Wagle Ki Duniya, Circus, and Intezaar. The following years, Shah served a sabbatical for seven years. In the year 1993, he made his comeback into the cinemas with “
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa” starring
Shah Rukh Khan and whose screenplay was written by Shah.
He also was presented with the “Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Movie” and Shah was the first ever filmmaker recipient of that award. He also directed
Kya Kehna, released in the millennium and marked the debut of the elegant
Preity Zinta and also starred
Saif Ali Khan and
Chandrachur Singh. “Hum Toh Mohabbat Karega” and “
Ek Se Badhkar Ek” saw him on the director’s chair, but failed to achieve much success. In 2005 deviating from his usual choices, Shah went on to create his critically acclaimed “Teen Behnein.”