Anurag Kashyap, the man who took an awestruck audience up the intriguing streets of Wasseypur, down the fascinating gullies of Bambai, and on countless riveting journeys with unforgettable characters from across India, celebrates his 48th birthday today.
Credited with pioneering the Indie scene in India during the early 2000s, Anurag Kashyap is widely hailed as the master of experimental cinema across the industry. His film-making aesthetic has no comparison – he brings to the screen spellbinding tales, frequently shot on real locations with improvised dialogues, hand-held cameras and experimental soundtracks.
With a core emphasis on telling gripping, authentic stories, the self-made Kashyap dons many hats including director, writer, producer, editor and actor! Join us in celebrating the man of the hour, by indulging in his timeless creations:
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
This two-part Indian crime film directed by Anurag Kashyap is centred on the coal mafia of Dhanbad where a clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. The story is spread across the time period 1941 to 2009. While both parts of the film were originally shot as a single 5hr 35minute film, they had to be released in two parts as most Indian theatres were unwilling to screen a film of this length. Stream Gangs of Wasseypur on Amazon Prime Video.
Black Friday (2004)
Written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, this crime film is based on a book by Hussain Zaidi entitled, Black Friday: The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts. The film documents investigations following the 1993 Bombay serial bomb blasts, and is told through the lens of different people involved – the Mumbai police, conspirators, victims and middlemen. This critically acclaimed film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Watch Black Friday on Amazon Prime Video.
This dark thriller – written, co-produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap – was shot without giving any of the lead actors a script, as Kashyap felt the film ‘required’ that. The narrative follows the case of a missing girl and takes the audience on a journey of human greed while brushing up on the egos and repressed emotions of the characters. Watch Ugly on Amazon Prime Video.
Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)
Inspired by real-life killer Raman Raghav, the plot revolves around Ramanna, a maniac murderer, who finds his soulmate in Raghavan, a corrupt policeman inspecting his murder cases. Ramanna tries to make Raghavan realize how similar they both are. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, this neo-noir psychological thriller, depicts the cop-criminal chase in 8 fascinating chapters. Watch Raman Raghav on Amazon Prime Video.
Shagird, which means disciple, is the movie in which Anurag Kashyap made his debut as an actor by playing the role of a high-profile criminal, who befriends two terrorists in jail. The film follows a rookie cop as he questions the tactics of his superior, and attempts to track the abductors of his girlfriend. Stream Shagird on Amazon Prime Video.