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Occupation Director, writer, producer
Years active 1990-present
Religion Dawoodi Bohra

Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers known for directing Bollywood films in the thriller and action genres. They have frequently cast Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, and Kareena Kapoor in their films. The duo directed landmark Bollywood films like Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Ajnabee, Baadshah, Aitraaz, Humraaz, 36 China Town, Race and Race 2. Their latest film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon starring comedian Kapil Sharma became the highest opener at the box office for a new comer.


Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers originally from Surat, Gujarat. Their brother Hussain Burmawalla is a famous film editor of Gujarati and Hindi films. They both started their careers with Gujarati films.

Early life and career[edit]

Abbas, Mustan, and their third brother Hussain (last name Burmawalla) are from Surat. Their family was in the furniture business, but Abbas-Mustan wanted to do something different in life. They met their uncle S.D Kura who used to do film editing in Hindi movies. He advised them to first do film editing then go for film direction. Gradually they joined Sultan Ahmed as assistant director who was directing the movie Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978), and they also joined as assistant director with Govindbhai Patel. They did few films, and then when Patel refused Gujarati film Sajan Tara Sambharana (1985), Abbas-Mustan got chance to do their first film as director, and it was a hit.

After Abbas-Mustan's film journey began as director, they made some Gujarati films and then stepped into Hindi cinema. The first Hindi film they did was Agneekaal with Jeetendra, Raj Babbar and Madhavi in 1990. Since then, they have directed 14 Hindi movies. They also started their own production house called Burmawalla Partners.

The duo are renowned for taking inspiration from Hollywood films and adding glamour to it.

Also, in most of their films, name of the lead actor is Raj and lead actress is Priya.



Year Title Star Cast Notes
1985 Sajan Tara Sambharna Naresh Kanodia, Snehlata Gujarati Film
1987 Moti Verana Chokma Naresh Kanodia, Snehlata, Feroz Irani Gujarati Film
1990 Agneekaal Raj Babbar, Jeetendra, Madhavi
1992 Khiladi Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka
1993 Baazigar Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol Based on A Kiss Before Dying (1956 film)
1996 Daraar Rishi Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Juhi Chawla Based on Sleeping with the Enemy
1998 Soldier Bobby Deol, Priety Zinta Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
1999 Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan, Twinkle Khanna Based on Nick of Time (film) and scenes from If Looks Could Kill (film)
2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Salman Khan, Rani Mukherji, Priety Zinta Similar to Doosri Dulhan and scenes inspired from Pretty Woman
2001 Ajnabee Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Kareena Kapoor Based on Consenting Adults (1992 film)
2002 Humraaz Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Amisha Patel Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Vatsal Seth, Ayesha Takia Based on Christine (1983 film)
2004 Aitraaz Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Based on Disclosure (film)
2006 36 China Town Akshay Khanna, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal Based on Crimen (film) and Once Upon a Crime
2007 Naqaab Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Urvashi Sharma Based on Dot the i
2008 Race Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif,Riyas Rahim Based on Goodbye Lover
2009 Mr. Fraud Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu
2012 Players Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu Based on The Italian Job (2003 film)
2013 Race 2 John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Amisha Patel
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon[1] Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Simran Kaur Mundi, Arbaaz Khan Based on Kannada movie Nimbehuli



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