Mumbai: National Award winning director Kundan Shah passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 69. The veteran filmmaker died in his sleep of a heart attack in Mumbai at 5 am on Saturday.
Shah rose to fame with his debut directorial – ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ in 1983. The film has been often reportedly credited with introducing Indian cinema to satirical comedy and also earned Shah a National Film Award – Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.
Later, he took to the small screen as he directed acclaimed and much-loved television shows like ‘Nukkad’ and ‘Wagle Ki Duniya’. Shah returned to Bollywood with ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’, that portrayed Shah Rukh Khan in an unconventional role. He became the first filmmaker to win the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie in 1994 for the film.
In November 2015, Shah along with 23 other directors announced they were returning their National Awards to the central government as part of a protest against growing intolerance in the country.