Filmmaker Kundan Shah dies of heart attack

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He studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, where he developed a knack for comedy genre.

Acclaimed Director Kundan Shah passed away Friday night after suffering a heart attack at apartment in Mimbai. The story of two bumbling photographers Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Baswani), who unearth the murder of the police commissioner (Satish Shah) by a property developer Tarneja (Pankaj Kapur) directly referred to the state of affairs in then Bombay.

Incidentally, the film's success also took place when Bollywoood was facing its worst crisis arising out of of rampant video piracy. The film became a surprise hit as it dealt with the social controversial issue of single parenthood.

In an interview to IANS, Shah had said he had applied for a loan of Rs 400,000 to make the movie, but then the production cost went up and finally it was made at a budget of Rs 725,000 as the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) came on board as producer. I was just a cameraperson and he showed me around the set personally.

Five filmmakers - Alankrita Shrivastava, Ayan Mukerji, Anurag Kashyap, Kabir Khan and Nitesh Tiwari hosted a panel discussion at the Movie Mela of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival on Saturday. Kundan Shah was also the director the very popular sitcoms - Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Nukkad and Wagle Ki Duniya - all aired on Doordarshan in the '80's. One of these movies happened to be Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.

His other notable work includes Shah Rukh Khan starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. Calling him as "master storyteller", Riteish Deshmukh said, "Rip Kundan Shah". Even that glimmer of hope was good enough for us back in the day. Both SRK and Shah were appreciated for their work.

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