National Award-winning director Kundan Shah, best known for his dark satire “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and coming-of-age comedy “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, passed away at his residence early Saturday. Shah died of a heart attack, sources close to the family told PTI.
Born on 19 October 1947, Shah studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made his directorial debut with “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” in 1983.
The movie featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta went on achieve a cult status despite a poor response at the box office.
Shah received his first and only National Award — Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director — for the movie that is now celebrated as one of the best satires ever made in Indian cinema.