Birth: 30-04-1905 ,
Kundan Shah is an Indian film director and writer. Most known for his comedy classic `Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro` (1983) and his 1985-1986, TV series `Nukkad` with Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Shahs much acclaimed directional debut `Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro` (aka Who Pays the Piper), with Satish Kaushik, introduced a new kind of slapstick comedy into the Indian cinema. His venture into TV was highly successful here on, including the popular sitcom `Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi`, which started telecast in August 1984. After directing several serials, Shah took a long break of 7 years from cinema. He made his cinematic comeback in 1993 with `Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa`, writing the screenplay as well for the film. In 1994, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for this film, making him the first filmmaker to win this award. In 1998, Shah directed another acclaimed film, `Kya Kehna`, starring Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh. Shah studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, where he developed an interest in the comedy genre.