Abbas–Mustan

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Abbas-Mustan
Abbas–Mustan 61st Filmfare Awards (cropped).jpg
Abbas–Mustan at the 61st Filmfare Awards
Occupation Directors, writers, producers
Years active 1990-present

Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers known for directing stylish suspense, action and romantic thrillers in Bollywood with dark-lighted themes.[1] Their films mostly have all the characters with shades of grey. Even the main hero or central character in their films also has grey or negative shades with selfish desire and passion to do anything to meet his/her goal and does anything to succeed their goal. They have frequently cast Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor in their work. They have recently launched Abbas's son Mustafa in the film Machine, a musical sports love story with Kiara Advani which was a failure at the box office. The duo directed landmark Bollywood films like Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Ajnabee, Baadshah, Aitraaz, Humraaz, 36 China Town, Race, Race 2 and comedian Kapil Sharma's debut movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon. They have prominently worked with the production house Venus Worldwide Entertainment, all of which were blockbusters.

History[edit]

They begun their career with Gujarati films.

Early life and career[edit]

Abbas Burmawalla, Mustan Burmawalla, and their brother Hussain Burmawalla are from Surat in Gujrat state. Abbas–Mustan wanted to do something different from their family business of furniture, which led them to seke guidance from their Hindi film editor uncle, S.D. Kura, who advised them to undertake film editing to learn the craft and then progress to their goal of film direction. They joined Sultan Ahmed as assistant director who was directing the movie Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978). They later joined as assistant director with Govindbhai Patel to do several films. When Patel refused an opportunity to direct Gujarati film Sajan Tara Sambharana (1985), Abbas–Mustan received their first break to direct the movie, which became a hit, thus launching their career.

After Abbas–Mustan's film journey began as director, they initially stuck to directing Gujarati movies, before moving into bigger scale of directing Hindi movies. Their first Hindi movie s directors was Agneekaal starring Jeetendra, Raj Babbar, and Madhavi in 1990. Since then, they have directed more than 14 Hindi movies. They eventually launched their own production house called Burmawalla Partners. In most of their films, name of the lead actor is Raj and lead actress is Priya.

The duo are renowned for taking inspiration from Hollywood films and adding glamour to them. Asian Academy of Film & Television honored both of them with the Life Membership of International Film And Television Club.

Filmography[edit]

Directors[edit]

Year Title Cast Notes
1990 Agneekaal Raj Babbar, Jeetendra, Madhavi
1992 Khiladi Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka Based on Khel Khel Mein (1975)
1993 Baazigar Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol
1996 Daraar Rishi Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Juhi Chawla
1998 Soldier Bobby Deol, Priety Zinta Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
1999 Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan, Twinkle Khanna
2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Salman Khan, Rani Mukherji, Priety Zinta Similar to Doosri Dulhan (1983)
2001 Ajnabee Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Kareena Kapoor
2002 Humraaz Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Amisha Patel Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Vatsal Seth, Ayesha Takia
2004 Aitraaz Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor
2006 36 China Town Akshaye Khanna, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal
2007 Naqaab Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Urvashi Sharma
2008 Race Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Riyas Rahim
2012 Players Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu
2013 Race 2 John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Amisha Patel
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon[2] Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Manjari Fadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi, Arbaaz Khan Based on Kannada film Nimbehuli[3][4]
2017 Machine Mustafa, Kiara Advani

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