Shirish Kunder

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Shirish Kunder
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Born (1973-05-24) 24 May 1973 (age 43)
Mangalore, Karnataka
Occupation Film writer, producer, director, editor and composer
Religion Sunni Islam
Spouse(s) Farah Khan (2004–present)
Children 3
Relatives Sajid Khan (brother-in-law)

Shirish Kunder (born 24 May 1973) is the husband of Indian filmmaker Farah Khan. After working as editor on over a dozen films starting with Champion (2000), Kunder made his screenwriting and directorial debut with Jaan-E-Mann (2006).

Early life[edit]

Shirish Kunder was born on 24 May 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka and brought up in Bombay, Maharashtra. He studied electronic engineering at the SDM College of Engineering and Technology in Dharwad. He then studied Advanced Screenwriting at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.


He worked for Motorola. He later entered the film industry as an editor, debuting with the movie Champion. The editing of Farah Khan's Main Hoon Na in 2004 brought him fame. Shirish has officially edited over 20 movies and helped in the final cut of many more.

Shirish then turned to directing. His directorial debut was titled Jaan-E-Mann. Apart from editing and composing the film score, he also wrote the film. The film starred Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta, and was released on 20 October 2006. The film was commercially an average fare but received rave reviews for Shirish's innovative visual style of storytelling.

He then produced Tees Maar Khan, which he also wrote, edited and composed the background music score. He also wrote and composed the title song which was sung by Sonu Nigam in 54 voices. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna, and was released on 24 December 2010. The film was declared a semi-hit at the box office.

Shirish's second directorial venture was Joker, which he wrote, produced, directed, edited and composed the film score. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Shreyas Talpade, and was released on 31 August 2012. The film was considered ahead of its time in India for its innovative storyline and so didn't do well at the box office.

Shirish also directed a 18 minute short film Kriti, a psychological thriller featuring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma. It was released on June 22.


Kunder gained wider media attention in 2012 when the acrimony between him and Shahrukh Khan took a violent note and the actor slapped Kunder at Sanjay Dutt's party for allegedly stalking him. However, Farah Khan being a close friend of SRK decided not to file a police complaint.

Personal life[edit]

On 9 December 2004, Shirish married director and choreographer Farah Khan, who is eight years his senior. She gave birth to their triplets, son Czar and daughters Diva and Anya, on 11 February 2008 at Mumbai's Jaslok hospital. Sajid Khan is his brother-in-law.




Writer (Story-Screenplay-Dialogues)[edit]

Background Music Score[edit]

Music Director[edit]



Sound Designer[edit]

Sound Editor[edit]

Promos Designer[edit]