Film director Sudhir Mishra who worked with late filmmaker Kundan Shah on Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron said that Kundan was one of the most humble persons he has ever met. Mishra was speaking along with the team members of ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ at a press conference at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) where they shared memorable moments of shooting the classic comedy.
“It’s strange that we are talking about Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron but Kundan is not here amongst us. The movie was his crazy idea. Satish and I were the youngest babies of the film crew. He was a cult director of theatre before we even ventured into the medium. Kundan inspired us to do what we could in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron when it was made. We found ourselves as creative individuals through the film,” added Mishra.
While director Ranjit Kapoor said that it was his debut as a writer and he shared a divine bond with Kundan. “He was a workaholic and never would get tired. I would force him to take a break or go home after the shoot but he would insist on finishing his work,” added Kapoor.
Recalling a fond memory of the director, actress Neena Gupta said: “In 1981 when we were shooting and all the team members would go on a lunch break. In one corner ‘Kundanji’ sat eating his food so fast and the instant he finished and he said ‘Chalo chalo back to shooting’. Some crew members had not even started eating but ‘Kundanji’ was eager to get back to work.” She also added that the way the director is, the film turns out to be same and definitely it was a positive note in his case.
Film director and actor Satish Kaushik spoke about how Kundan used common man’s perspective for his films.