Kundan Shah

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Kundan Shah (born 1947), studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, where he took a special interest in silent comedy. His debut feature film, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), introduced slapstick comedy into the new Indian cinema. Shah then worked in television, introducing the situation comedy to state television with Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1985). As a partner in Iskra, a company founded by Saeed Mirza, Aziz Mirza, Sudhir Mishra and others, he directed alternative episodes of the popular serial Nukkad (1987), about the everyday life of small folk. His serial Police Station (1987) ran into censorship trouble over its depiction of police brutality. Another serial, Circus, was the launching pad for current superstar Shahrukh Khan, with whom Shah later made the quirky love story Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993). Now directing mainstream Hindi films, Shah achieved a surprise box office success with his recent Kya Kehna (2001).
Author: House of World Cultures


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New Perspectives from India

(19September03 - 16November03)