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Abbas-Mustan in 2016
Surat, Gujarat, India
Occupation(s)Film directors, producers
Years active1985–present

Abbas–Mustan is an Indian filmmaking duo consisting of brothers Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla and Mustan Alibhai Burmawalla, known for directing stylish suspense, action and romantic thrillers in Bollywood with dark-lighted themes.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Abbas Burmawalla, Mustan Burmawalla, and their brother Hussain Burmawalla are from Surat in Gujarat state. They began their career with Gujarati films. 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, launching their career.

Their first Hindi movie as directors was Agneekaal in 1990.[2] Since then, they have directed more than 14 Hindi movies. They eventually launched their own production house called Burmawalla Partners.[citation needed]

Asian Academy of Film & Television honored both of them with the Life Membership of International Film And Television Club.


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Directors Producers
1985 Sajan Tara Sambharna Yes
1987 Moti Veerana Chowk Yes
1990 Agneekaal Yes
1992 Khiladi Yes
1993 Baazigar Yes
1996 Daraar Yes
1998 Soldier Yes
1999 Baadshah Yes
2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Yes
Ajnabee Yes
2002 Humraaz Yes
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Yes
Aitraaz Yes
2006 36 China Town Yes
2007 Naqaab Yes
Evano Oruvan Yes
2008 Race Yes
2009 Life Partner Yes
2012 Players Yes Yes
2013 Race 2 Yes
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Yes Yes
2017 Machine Yes Yes
2023 3 Monkeys Yes


  1. ^ "Abbas-Mustan haven't spent a single day apart in 54 years".
  2. ^ Agneekaal, 15 July 2022, retrieved 4 August 2022

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