Kundan Shah’s knack of tackling alternate cinema with satirical themes in a film like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and a show like Nukkad made him a master storyteller, members of Indian showbiz said as they mourned the sudden demise of the filmmaker on Saturday.
Celebrities like Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Subhash Ghai and Raveena Tandon paid condolences to the family of the filmmaker, who passed away on Saturday. He was 69.
His Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa apart, Shah built his own brand of entertainment with the Doordarshan comedy series Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. His Wagle Ki Duniya, based on cartoonist RK Laxman’s character was much loved by the audience. His last film P se PM Tak hit the screens in 2014.
Here’s what the celebrities had to say:
A brave man Kundan Shah, who added vigour to the alternate cinema stream with movies like Jaane bhi do yaaro has left us. Adieux Kundan ???
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) October 7, 2017
RIP Kundan Shah. We will be always indebted to u for Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.a cult classic.u gave comedy a new face.indian cinema will miss u.
— satish kaushik (@satishkaushik2) October 7, 2017
‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ Dir by Kundan Shah, what a beautiful film! Kundan Shah ji won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film for KHKN -Sad pic.twitter.com/YSlFksN2di
— Moses Sapir (@MosesSapir) October 7, 2017
Saddened 2 hear my favourite director Kundan Shah is no more.. i learnt a lot frm him whilst filming kabbhihaankabhina..quiet genius he was
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) October 7, 2017
Rip Kundan Shah…. A master storyteller no more. Condolences to the family and loved ones.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) October 7, 2017
Saddened to learn that Kundan Shah is no more. Will never forget his genuineness, his cinematic knowledge & his unique sense of humour. RIP
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 7, 2017
RIP Kundan Shah…. a cult filmmaker …a solid story teller…..
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) October 7, 2017
Had a few interactions with Kundan Shah, a fine human being and yes, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro will remain a cult film for a long time to come. RIP Kundan ji. https://t.co/tnij22ndO1
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) October 7, 2017
? worked with him in “EK se badhkar Ek ” . A true gentleman. Quiet unassuming genius of a man. You will be missed sir . ? https://t.co/A64GaIuezw
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) October 7, 2017
My privilege that I could work with you on a film as an art director. You will always be missed. RIP…. genius Kundan Shah
— Omung Kumar (@OmungKumar) October 7, 2017
Kundan Shah an icon,iconoclast, one of the most celebrated directors is no more..What a colossal tragedy..what an immense loss.Bon Voyage!
— Shekhar Suman (@shekharsuman7) October 7, 2017
This is such a tragic news for all the cinema lovers.will miss you kundan sir.may you rest in peace!! https://t.co/Hse25s0WDr
— Manoj Bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) October 7, 2017
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) October 7, 2017
Jaane bhi do yaaron… RIP Kundan Shah. ?? Sad news.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) October 7, 2017
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) October 7, 2017
Awful, awful news… Kundan Shah is no more. What a tragic loss for cinema, for India.
— Karan Anshuman (@krnx) October 7, 2017
Kundan Shah, the man who gave us the unforgettable Jaane bhi do yaaro leaves us. He is gone… He lives on…
— Vikram Bhatt (@TheVikramBhatt) October 7, 2017
Kundanmy teacher,friend,once my Partner n always a inspiration.Was wise,crazy,academic, imaginative n mourned d impossibility of true love.
— Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) October 7, 2017
Jane bhi do yarooon, U will be alive forever in our memory. My all time favorite director, May your soul Rest In Peace #KundanShah ?
— Nila Madhab Panda (@nilamadhabpanda) October 7, 2017
— Onir (@IamOnir) October 7, 2017
— Abhishek Kapoor (@Abhishekapoor) October 7, 2017
#RIP Kundan Shah. Your films and your generosity will remain with me forever. Till we meet again.
— Rasika Dugal (@RasikaDugal) October 7, 2017