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‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ Director Kundan Shah Passes Away at 69

The filmmaker, hailed by the Indian film fraternity as a "master storyteller", would have turned 70 on October 19.

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The celebrated filmmaker died in his sleep, after suffering a heart attack. (IANS)

Mumbai, October 9, 2017 : Filmmaker Kundan Shah, who gave Indian cinema a different brand of humor with the cult black comedy “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and subsequently television shows like “Nukkad” and “Wagle Ki Duniya” with the ‘aam aadmi’ at the centrestage, died early on Saturday, a family member said. He was 69.

“He died in his sleep early in the morning,” his relative told IANS.

Satish Kaushik, who wrote dialogues for “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and acted in it, said Shah suffered a cardiac arrest.

His last rites were performed at Shivaji Park crematorium by daughter Shilpa with close family members and friends from the film fraternity in attendance, including “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” actors Naseeruddin Shah and Satish Shah, as well as Sudhir Mishra, Anil Kapoor, Deepak Dobriyal, Ratna Pathak, Raveena Tandon and Ashoke Pandit.

The filmmaker, hailed by the Indian film fraternity as a “master storyteller”, would have turned 70 on October 19.

His tryst with learning about film direction began at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. Just last week, he was at the institute for an event. He had even paid a tribute to actor Tom Alter, who died on September 29, and had spoken about a tentative script that he wrote for a part two of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, his debut directorial which came out in 1983.

In an interview to IANS, Shah had said he had applied for a loan of Rs 400,000 to make the movie, but then the production cost went up and finally it was made at a budget of Rs 725,000 as the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) came on board as producer.

“Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” narrated a tale of two simple and honest photographers, who witness a murder and get dragged into the corrupt real estate circle where politicians and bureaucrats are involved. The film, laced with slapstick comedy, didn’t fetch good box office, but achieved cult status with time.

“When I was making the film, I never thought it would be such an acclaimed movie. Every filmmaker has some dreams and this film has given me more than I dreamt of. It surpassed my expectations,” Shah had told IANS.

He had received his first and only National Film Award – Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director – for it. This was the same award that Shah had returned to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the student protests in FTII in 2015 over Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as its chairman.

The movie featured actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta. And Shah believed it gave “a lot to the entire cast and crew and its success is beyond their imagination too”.

After making “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, Shah moved to television and worked there for seven years — giving such gems as “Nukkad”, “Wagle Ki Duniya” and “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi”, all of which gave the Indian telly audience a reason to laugh away their worries with stories of everyday struggles.

With its simple yet compelling narrative, the Doordarshan show “Nukkad”, told stories of lower income people battling issues while trying to survive in a tough social and economic climate.

“Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi” saw Satish Shah infuse laughter by essaying different characters from many professions and regions of India, in different episodes.

“Wagle Ki Duniya”, based on cartoonist R.K. Laxman’s character of the common man, dealt with the woes of the middle-class Indian. With impeccable performances by Anjan Srivastav and Bharati Achrekar, it’s still etched in the minds of Hindi TV buffs of the late 1980s.

It is for Shah’s sensitivity towards the common man that filmmaker Prakash Jha dubbed him as the “Common Man of Cinema”.

Shah returned to films with the 1993 coming-of-age romantic drama “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, which saw Shah Rukh Khan romance Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.

“He was a good man and a genius filmmaker,” Suchitra, who wishes a “glorious afterlife” for Shah, told IANS.

In a long career, Shah came up with few but impactful works.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt described Shah as a brave man “who added vigour to the alternate cinema stream with movies like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro'”.

Actor Satish Kaushik said Shah gave “comedy a new face”, while Sudhir Mishra, who was his friend, said Shah was “wise, crazy, academic, imaginative and mourned the impossibility of true love”.

Seven years after “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, Shah came up with “Kya Kehna”. With teenage pregnancy at its core, the Preity Zinta-starrer was ahead of its time and did well. His subsequent projects “Hum To Mohabbat Karega”, “Dil Hai Tumhaara” and his last movie as a director “P Se PM Tak” failed to get commercial success. (IANS)

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Divya Khosla Kumar wishes to make ‘Women Oriented Films’ now

The filmmaker has previously made films like "Yaariyan" and "Sanam Re"

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New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar, who has made films like “Yaariyan” and “Sanam Re”, says she would love to make women oriented films as women are now in every field and doing wonders.

“I would love to if I get an amazing script,” said Divya. However, when it comes to actress, she feels that choice is completely dependent on character.

“I don’t have actress or actor in mind as I feel character gives you definition of whom you should cast,” said the filmmaker was set to walk the runway as a showstopper for designer Charu Parashar at Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring- Summer 2018 on Sunday.

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Parashar will showcase a collection titled ‘Immortelle’ that derives inspiration from the Victorian glass house through its lush flora and fauna and the undying spirit of a woman.

Talking about the designer, Divya Khosla Kumar said: “The cloth has fitted me so beautifully I like the concept as it showcases women undying spirit. Women work so hard. I think it is time to pay homage to them as they never give up and this is what the line celebrates.”

Talking about how the role of women has changed in the film industry, she says, “Initially it was very male dominated and there were hardly any women director but now women have entered everywhere and they are making their mark. I think its more to do with talent than differentiating on gender.” (IANS)

 

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‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director Kundan Shah Passes Away

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Poster of Movie Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. ians

Mumbai, Oct 7: Filmmaker Kundan Shah, director of the cult black comedy “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and the romantic drama “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, died here early on Saturday, a family member said. He was 69.

“He died in his sleep early in the morning,” a Shah relative told IANS.

According to writer-actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik, who wrote dialogues for “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and acted in it, Shah suffered a cardiac arrest.

Shah, who also gave the industry some much-loved television shows like “Nukkad” and “Wagle Ki Duniya”, would have turned 70 on October 19.(IANS)

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Indu Sarkar Movie Exposes Unholy Nexus between the Congress Government and Indira Gandhi led National Emergency of 1975

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Madhur Bhandarkar's latest film 'Indu Sarkar' claims to expose the truth about the national emergency of 1975. Wikimedia
  • Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest masterpiece is titled, ‘Indu Sarkar’
  • The recently released movie has been controversial and criticized
  • The movie intends to inform the general public about the truth behind National Emergency of 1975-1977

New Delhi, July 30, 2017: Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ has re-ignited many debates as it exposes the Unholy Nexus between the Congress Government and Indira Gandhi led National Emergency of 1975.

As the filmmaker claims that the movie reveals the truth behind the imposed national emergency. The movie tells about the accounts of people who were held in Tihar prison under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and the people involved in the mass sterilization project were also interviewed.

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The 1975 emergency was a national emergency, imposed solely by the Prime Minister of the country Indira Gandhi. During the emergency, freedom was curtailed to minimum and mass atrocities were committed by the state. The emergency was implemented for 21 months.

The National Emergency is one of the lowest points of nationhood in independent India’s history. The national emergency is not taught with the effort that it deserves in schools and universities. Many people today are unaware of what it was and how it happened. Civil liberties of the very citizens of the country were quashed and made valueless overnight. The Constitution, all of a sudden, was meaningless. It was horrific.

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Hence, the Congress party requested the makers of the film to show it to the party before the censors take over. Sanjay Nirupam, the Congress leader, had issued a letter to Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chief, in which he expressed his party’s request to watch the film before being censored.

Claiming herself to be Sanjay Gandhi’s biological daughter, Priya Singh Paul had filed a petition to the Bombay High Court and demanded that a stay must be put on the film by the censor board. Another petition was filed by a lawyer in Delhi to put a stay on the film. This petition, by the lawyer, claimed that the movie is a “propaganda film”.

Having struggled through various petitions, controversies, and opposition from the opposition party, ‘Indu Sarkar’ was approved for a Friday release after 12 cuts. As uncomfortable as the truth may be, the movie has taken up the responsibility to let us like it is.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394