Shirish Kunder

Shirish Kunder
Born (1973-05-24) 24 May 1973[1]
Mangalore, Karnataka
Occupation Film writer, producer, director, editor and composer
Spouse(s) Farah Khan (2004–present)
Children 3
Relatives Sajid Khan (brother-in-law)

Shirish Kunder (born 24 May 1973) is an Indian filmmaker. After working as an editor on over a dozen films starting with Champion (2000), Kunder made his screenwriting and directorial debut with Jaan-E-Mann (2006). He is married to choreographer and film director Farah Khan whom he met while working on her 2004 film Main Hoon Na.

Early life

Kunder was born on 24 May 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka and brought up in Bombay, Maharashtra. He studied electronic engineering at the SDM College of Engineering and Technology in Dharwad.


He worked as an electronics engineer in Motorola for four years before changing profession and entering the film industry as an editor, and in 2004 he married Farah Khan who was eight years older than him. Kunder then turned to directing. His directorial debut was titled Jaan-E-Mann. Apart from editing and composing the film score, he also wrote the film. The film starred Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta, and was released on 20 October 2006. The film was commercially an average fare.[2][3]

He was a co-producer of Tees Maar Khan, along with Twinkle Khanna and Ronnie Screwvala which he also co-wrote—with his younger brother Ashmith Kunder. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna, and was released on 24 December 2010. The film was a moderate success at the box office.[4]

Kunder's second directorial venture was Joker, which he wrote, produced, directed, edited and composed the film score. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Shreyas Talpade, and was released on 31 August 2012. The film didn't do well at the box office.[5]

Kunder's third directorial venture was an 18-minute short film titled Kriti, a psychological thriller, featuring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma. It released on 22 June 2016 on YouTube, and can be viewed without paying for it.[6][7][8][9] Aneel Neupane, a student-filmmaker from Nepal accused the makers of Kriti, of lifting the plot and even frame-by-frame sequences from Neupane's movie BOB—which predated Kriti. Kunder sent a cease-and-desist notice to Aneel Neupane and threatened to sue him for Rs. 5 crore for libel and defamation. Though YouTube took down both BOB and Kriti after the plagiarism claim and, subsequent counter claim, Kriti was viewed by 7 million YouTube viewer in a few months. In October 2016, 10 million YouTube viewers had viewed. The YouTube views have flatlined since then.[10][11]

Kunder is also known for his socially relevant satirical tweets on social media and has at least 283,000 twitter followers.[12][13][14]

Personal life

On 9 December 2004, Kunder married director and choreographer Farah Khan, who is eight years his senior. She gave birth to their triplets, son Czar and daughters Diva and Anya, on 11 February 2008 at Mumbai's Jaslok hospital.[15][16][17] Sajid Khan is his brother-in-law.





Background music score

Music director



Sound editor

Promos designer


  1. "16 times birthday boy Shirish Kunder rocked it on Twitter". The Indian Express. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  2. "BBC - Movies - review - Jaan-E-Mann". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. "Jaan-E-Mann - movie review by Irfan Makki". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. Tuteja, Joginder (25 February 2011). "IndiaGlitz - Tees Maar Khan is Hit flop or disaster The real truth". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  6. "Amitabh Bachchan Says Shirish Kunders Short Film Kriti is Delightful". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. "Big B congratulates Shirish Kunder for 'Kriti'". The Times of India. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. "Amitabh Bachchan congratulates Shirish Kunder for Kriti". 20 July 2016.
  9. "Shirish Kunder's short film 'Kriti' garners three million views on YouTube". Firstpost. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. "Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder: Here is when he talked about his angry tweets and trolls that explode in fury". The Indian Express. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  13. "Meet Shirish Kunder, Twitter's latest hero". Mid-day. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  14. "Meet Bollywood's most acerbic Twitter stars". Hindustan Times. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  15. "Farah Khan gives birth to triplets". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  16. "Farah Khan gives birth to triplets". 11 February 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  17. "Farah Khan gives birth to bonny triplets". Zee News. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
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