Kundan Shah’s knack of tackling alternate cinema with satirical themes in a film like “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and a show like “Nukkad” made him a master storyteller, members of Indian showbiz said as they mourned the sudden demise of the filmmaker on Saturday.

Celebrities like Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Subhash Ghai and Raveena Tandon paid condolences to the family of the filmmaker, who passed away here early on Saturday. He was 69.

His “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa” apart, Shah built his own brand of entertainment with the Doordarshan comedy series “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi”. His “Wagle Ki Duniya”, based on cartoonist R.K. Laxman’s character was much loved by the audience. His last film “P se PM Tak” hit the screens in 2014.

Here’s what the celebrities had to say:

Mahesh Bhatt:

Satish Kaushik:

Suchitra Krishnamoorthy:

Farah Khan:

Riteish Deshmukh:

Farhan Akhtar:

Karan Johar:

Nandita Das:

Omung Kumar:

Shekhar Suman:

Madhur Bhandarkar:

Hansal Mehta:


Ashoke Pandit: Sad to know about the demise of one of our finest directors Kundan Shah. Will miss you sir! ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’.

Vikram Bhatt:

Sudhir Mishra:

Abhishek Kapoor:

Rasika Dugal: