‘Whenever Kundan hit me, he reminded me of my mother’
Actor Shah Rukh Khan attended a prayer meet in memory of the late filmmaker Kundan Shah, on Tuesday, and said the Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) director reminded him of his mother. “It is one of the greatest losses of my life. I was 25 when I came to Mumbai, stayed in Kundan’s house, was fed and taken care of by his family,” he said. The prayer meet was also attended by fellow filmmakers including Aziz Mirza, David Dhawan, Saeed Mirza, among others.
The actor nostalgically recounted how, when shooting for Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), Shah would constantly chide the actor to try to bring out the best in him. “Many times, he shouted at me, came to hit me, made me do at least 100 retakes. He was very honest,” Shah Rukh recalled, before adding how he had met the filmmaker some months ago at a book launch.
“I have some posters of two-three films in my house, one of which is that of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, which Kundan had refused to sign for a long time. Just six or seven days ago, I had told my wife [Gauri] that I’d go and get it signed by Kundan, and he left the world without signing it. But his love will always be with me. Every time he came to hit me, shouted at me, fed me at his house, told me how bad I was, he reminded me of my mother. I’ll miss Kundan like my mother that I didn’t have for the longest of time,” Shah Rukh added.
Shah Rukh Khan (left) recalls living at Kundan Shah’s (above) house during his early days in the film industry, and shooting Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994) with the filmmaker