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I am very, really sad. He was such a elementary person, with a elementary soul, from a well-read background. We have mislaid someone who had good believe of cinema, and a builder of one of a cult classics of all time, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, that will be enjoyed by generations compartment eternity.
We couldn’t have ever illusory that a film with such a tiny bill (it was done for usually Rs 7 lakh) would go on to have such a prolonged shelf life. The kind of talent Kundan brought together — an garb expel featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Satish Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Neena Gupta; he wrote a film with Sudhir Mishra, Ranjit Kapoor and me. we still remember a days spent during his house, essay a dialogues for a book he and Sudhir had written. Back in the1980s, his whole suspicion of what comedy was like, and what it could do, was so opposite from others during that time. His grasp of black humour was zabardast!
We had such a good time sharpened a film. If a bill was low, a talent was high. Because of Kundan, any one of us compared with a film have a cherished possession that we can be proud of for a rest of a lives. Things behind afterwards were so different. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was constructed by a National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and their films always had a compress release, and never done most money. But a film was a initial government-funded plan that was expelled by a really distinguished distributor, NC Sippy and his son Romu Sippy, who were improved famous as a producers of hit, blurb films. So, we felt that humari design mein dum hai.
It didn’t immediately click during a box bureau though with a appearance of satellite television, it gained a new franchise of life. More people watched it and gradually, it became a cult classic. Can we suppose that a NFDC constructed a film like that that talks about crime in a bureaucracy! The kinds of things we addressed in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro would not be upheld by a CBFC today.
Everybody remembers a Mahabharata scene. It was a toughest stage to write, we had to take a mangle of 10 days, since we were incompetent to tackle it. Kundan told us to transparent a heads and forget about all else. So, we wandered around the Sunday market in Daryaganj (Delhi) and stumbled on some comics. There was one of a Mahabharata, Laila-Majnu, and others. So we thought, since don’t we emanate a play with characters from all these comics in a film? we called Ranjit and we went to Kundan with a suspicion and he shot it in a subsequent few days. It was great, all was function in that stage — bodies, passed and alive, characters from opposite contexts in one place. Everybody did such a good pursuit though it was Kundan who hold a comedic reins of that stage together. The film was a product of his self-assurance and we don’t consider it can ever be remade.
Kundan retreated from filmmaking in a final decade. we consider it’s since of a ways in that a films have changed. Today, everybody knows so most and everybody’s a critic. When Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was being made, nothing of us questioned Kundan since he was creation such a film. The vigour of delivering something was not there during all. Maybe he stopped enjoying creation films, we can’t contend for sure. But demeanour during what he combined and what he has left us with — Nukkad, Wagle Ki Duniya, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, and Kya Kehna. May Kundan rest in peace, and we know he’ll never be forgotten.