|Awards||1983 Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director – Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
1994 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
His directorial debut was the comedy film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (aka Who Pays the Piper) in 1983. He also took part in the writing of the film, along with Satish Kaushik. The film introduced Indian cinema to satirical comedies for the first time and was well accepted as not being slapstick.
Shah then started to work in television. He was one of the directors of the popular sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, which started telecast in August 1984. He became a partner of Iskra, a company founded by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Aziz Mirza and others. In 1985–1986 he directed the TV series Nukkad (street) along with Saeed Akhtar Mirza. The serial was another folk comedy dealing with the routine life of street youngsters. In 1987 he directed another television serial named "Manoranjan", the comedy serial was on film industry and became an instant hit. IN 1988, he started directing sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya, based on cartoonist, R. K. Laxman's character, the common man, starring Anjan Srivastav.
After directing several serials, Shah took a long break of 7 years from cinema.
Shah made his comeback to cinema in 1993. He directed the famous Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and wrote the screenplay for the film. The film was another comic love story but it also displayed new aspects to its credit – it was the first time that the hero in the film was an absolute loser. The film starred Shahrukh Khan in one of his first roles. The film was much acclaimed and both Shah and Khan were appreciated for their work. In 1994, Shah won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for the film. He was the first filmmaker to win this award.
In 1998, Shah directed another acclaimed film, Kya Kehna. Due to delay, the film released in 2000 and became the surprise hit of the year. The film dealt with a social controversial issue – single parenthood. Actress Preity Zinta debuted in this film and enacted the lead role of a teenage single-mother who tries to overcome the wrong values of her society. Zinta's performance was also acclaimed. The film also starred Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh.
Shah's next releases were Hum To Mohabbat Karega (2000) starring Bobby Deol and Karisma Kapoor, Dil Hai Tumhara (2002) with Rekha and Preity Zinta, and the last one, Ek Se Badhkar Ek in 2004. All of these did not fare too well in the box office.
- Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
- National Film Award – Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director – Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: On 5 November 2015, Kundan Shah has said that his National Film Award-winning film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro may not be possible in ‘today’s atmosphere’. Shah is planning to return hi National Film Award and quoted him as saying, “It is because you see the darkness that is coming into the country. One has to take a stance before this darkness engulfs us completely.
|1983||Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro||Director, Writer|
|1986||"Nukkad" TV series||Director|
|1988||Wagle Ki Duniya TV series||Director|
|1993||Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||Director, Writer|
|2000||Hum To Mohabbat Karega||Director, Writer|
|2002||Dil Hai Tumhara||Director, Writer|
|2004||Ek Se Badhkar Ek||Director|
|2005||The Three Sisters||Director|
|2006||Persai Kehte hain TV series||Director|
|2014||P Se PM Tak||Director, Writer|
- "Trapped in Wagle's mould". Indian Express. 9 November 1999. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director Kundan Shah to return National Award today". Indianexpress.comr. 5 November 2015.