‘When­ever Kun­dan hit me, he re­minded me of my mother’

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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

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