NEW DELHI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- India's veteran Bollywood filmmaker Kundan Shah has died at the age of 69.
Shah passed away at his home in India's financial capital Mumbai early Saturday morning after suffering a massive heart attack, his family and friends told the media.
He is famous for his 1983 debut comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro that introduced Indian cinema to satirical comedy for the first time and was well accepted as not being slapstick.
Shah also worked in television and his 1985 TV series Nukkad became a massive hit in India.
After his directorial ventures, Shah took a sabbatical for seven years only to return in 1993 when he directed the famous Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa movie.
The film was another comic love story but it also displayed new aspects to its credit. It was the first time that the hero in the movie was an absolute loser.
In 1998, Shah directed another acclaimed film, Kya Kehna. The film became a surprise hit as it dealt with the social controversial issue of single parenthood.
Shah, an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, returned his National Film Award in 2015 in support of protesting students of the institute and against growing intolerance in India.