Shah Rukh Khan and more: Bollywood celebs at Kundan Shah prayer meet. See pics
Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, filmmakers David Dhawan and Vijay Krishna Acharya paid their last respects to late filmmaker Kundan Shah at a prayer meet.bollywood Updated: Oct 11, 2017 11:13 IST
Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, filmmakers David Dhawan and Vijay Krishna Acharya, among others paid their last respects to late filmmaker Kundan Shah at a prayer meet that was held in Mumbai. The renowned director, who made gems like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, died of a heart attack on Saturday
Speaking at the meet, Shah Rukh said, “It is one of the greatest losses of my life. I was 25 when I came to Mumbai, I have stayed in Kundan’s house, I have been fed by his family and taken care of by them. I remember when I was leaving Delhi, my theatre friends told me when you meet Kundan Shah, touch his feet and give him a hug. I am who I am not just because I have learnt from him, but because I have got so much from perhaps one of the greatest directors of our time in the Hindi TV and film industry.”
The actor had last met Shah around five to six months ago at a book launch. It was only around a week before the director died that Shah Rukh had told his wife Gauri of his desire to meet him again.
“I have some posters of two, three films in my house. One of them is ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and it is signed by Dilip Kumar saab. One is that of ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, which Kundan had refused to sign for a long time. Just six to seven days ago, I told my wife I will go and get it signed by Kundan... And he left the world without signing that poster for me.
“But his memories, love and the way he treated me will always be with me... Every time he came to hit me, every time he shouted at me, fed me at his house, told me how bad I am, every time he told me how I’ll never do good work in my life, reminded me of my mother. I’ll miss Kundan like my mother that I didn’t have for the longest of time.”
The prayer meet was attended by Aziz Mirza, David Dhawan, Satish Shah, Ashoke Pandit and Saeed Mirza among others.
Shah also directed episodes of TV series like Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, Nukkad and Wagle Ki Duniya. His biggest success, however, is considered to be 1983’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. A satire on the rampant corruption among police, civil authorities and journalists, the film is called one of most intelligent films of Bollywood.
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.