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Abbas Burmawalla, Hussain Burmawalla, Mustan Burmawalla at Rajesh Khanna's prayer meet 33.jpg
Abbas-Mustan at Rajesh Khanna's prayer meet
Occupation Directors, writers, producers
Years active 1990-present

Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers known for directing stylish Bollywood films.[1] They have frequently cast Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor in their work. They are next launching Abbas's son Mustafa in the film Machine.A musical sports love story with Kiara advani. 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 They have prominently worked with the production house Venus Worldwide Entertainment. They have directed seven movies for Venus (the last one being Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon), all of which were blockbusters.[2]


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

Early life and career[edit]

Abbas, Mustan, and their brother Hussain Burmawalla are from Surat. Their family was in the furniture business, but Abbas–Mustan wanted to do something different. They met their uncle S.D. Kura who used to edit 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. When Patel refused Gujarati film Sajan Tara Sambharana (1985), Abbas–Mustan got chance to do their first film as directors, 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 started their own production house called Burmawalla Partners.

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.

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



Year Title Star Cast Notes
1990 Agneekaal Raj Babbar, Jeetendra, Madhavi
1992 Khiladi Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka Based on Khel Khel Mein(1975 film)
1993 Baazigar Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol Based on A Kiss Before Dying
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 and scenes from If Looks Could Kill
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
2002 Humraaz Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Amisha Patel Based on A Perfect Murder and Dial M for Murder
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Vatsal Seth, Ayesha Takia Based on Christine
2004 Aitraaz Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Based on Disclosure
2006 36 China Town Akshaye Khanna, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal Based on Crimen 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
2012 Players Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu Based on The Italian Job
2013 Race 2 John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Amisha Patel
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon[3] Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Manjari Fadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi, Arbaaz Khan Based on Kannada movie Nimbehuli[4][5]
2017 Machine Mustafa, Kiara Advani



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