Kundan Shah died of cardiac arrest. Photograph:( DNA )
Kundan Shah, director of the satiric comedy "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", died of cardiac arrest at the age of 70, sources in his family told PTI.
The director of popular television shows like "Nukkad" and "Wagle Ki Duniya" died in his sleep early morning today, his relative said.
An alumnus of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India, Kundan Shah made his feature film debut in 1983 with the cult classic "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Satish Shah and Pankaj Kapur.
The film did not become a box office success but Shah received his first and only National Award - Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director - for the movie which went on to become one of the most celebrated dark satirical comedies in the history of Indian cinema.
He was among the 23 directors who returned their national award to the government to protest against the atmosphere of the alleged intolerance in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Kundan Shah's death and said he would be remembered for his "wonderful usage of humour and satire to showcase the life and struggles of common citizens."
Anguished by the passing away of Shri Kundan Shah. He will be remembered for his wonderful usage of humour and satire to showcase the life & struggles of common citizens. My thoughts are with his family & admirers. May his soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 7, 2017
Kundan Shah also directed the 1994 romantic comedy "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa" that starred Shah Rukh Khan, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, and Deepak Tijori.
His next film was "Kya Kehna" (2000), featuring Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh. The movie became a surprise hit.
Bollywood celebs condoled Kundan Shah's death on Twitter:
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
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
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