The Indian film industry lost one of its most renowned filmmakers on December 6th, 2020. Shiv Kumar Khurana, the director of many hit films of the 70s and 80s, passed away due to age-related ailments. He was 87 years old.
1. Shiv Kumar Khurana, Filmmaker, Passes Away
Shiv Kumar Khurana was born in 1933 in Punjab. He entered the film industry in the late 1960s and went on to direct many successful films. He is best known for his critically acclaimed films such as ‘Kahani Kismat Ki’ (1973), ‘Namak Haraam’ (1973), ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ (1977), and ‘Mard’ (1985). He was also the producer of the hit film ‘Sholay’ (1975).
2. Notable Films Directed by Khurana
Khurana directed several popular films in his career. His most notable films include ‘Kahani Kismat Ki’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Namak Haraam’, ‘Kranti’ (1981), ‘Mard’, and ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ (1978). He also directed the critically acclaimed film ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976).
3. Khurana’s Impact on Indian Cinema
Khurana was a pioneer in the Indian film industry. He was one of the first filmmakers to bring a new type of realism to the silver screen. His films were innovative and ahead of their time in terms of content and style. He was also one of the first filmmakers to introduce the concept of multi-starrer films.
4. Accolades for Khurana’s Work
Khurana was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for his film ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ in 1977. In 1989, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Director for his film ‘Mard’. He was also conferred with the Padma Shri in 1990.
5. Tributes from the Film Industry
The film industry mourned the loss of Khurana. Many actors and filmmakers paid tribute to him on social media. Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with Khurana in ‘Kabhi Kabhie’, called him an “ex