'Satya', 'Dev D', 'Gangs Of Wasseypur': The best of Anurag Kashyap
September 10, 2013, 3:07 pm
Known for dark realistic films, Anurag Kashyap has written great scripts, produced path breaking films and directed cult films. As the maverick director turns 41, we look at some of his best works.
Although a known name in theatre circuit of Mumbai, Kashyap took a while to get a big break in films. Manoj Bajpayee showed some of his work to Ram Gopal Verma who offered Kashyap to write the story of 'Satya' a story of Mumbai underworld.
Post the success of 'Satya', awards and adulation for Kashyap came in plenty. Around the same time, Anurag's brother Abhinav Kashyap introduced him to Star Plus officials and Anurag made a dark, surreal short film 'Last Local To Mahakali' for them. The film starring Kay Kay Menon and Nivedita Bhattacharya went on to win Special Jury Award at Screen Awards in 1999.
Ram Gopal Varma's edgy psycho-thriller 'Kaun' may have not worked well at the Box Office but won accolades for its chilling story which was written by Kashyap.
A much delayed 'Black Friday' left the world stunned for its graphic account of the 1993 blast. The film was directed by Anurag Kashyap.
Anurag tasted commercial success as a director for the first time with 'Dev D'. Kashyap gave the age old saga of Devdas a modern twist and the youth loved it.
Kashyap's 'Gulaal' narrated a story of power, quest for power and student politics. The film starred Kay Kay Menon, Piyush Mishra and others. The film was directed as well as written by Kashyap.
Vikramaditya Motwane's 'Udaan' was a surprise hit. The film starred lesser known actors and yet managed to strike a chord with people. Co-written by Anurag Kashyap, Rutvik Oza and Motwane, the film narrated the story of a young boy who aspired to be a poet although his disciplinarian father disapproved. Kashyap was also the producer of the film.
Starring Kashyap's wife, Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah, 'The Girl In Yellow Boots' was directed and written by Anurag. A dark thriller, the film talked about blind faith, incest and the underbelly of Mumbai city.
The success of revenge saga 'Gangs Of Wasseypur Part I and II' put Kashyap in the big league. The film was a detailed account on the coal mafia that exists in Jharkhand.
'Chittagong' based on the the Chittagong Uprising in 1930s was directed by Bedabrata Pain. An important film from history perspective, the film was much delayed due to various reasons. The film makes it to the list simply because Kashyap, as one of the producers of the film, had the courage to back a film which had no big stars. The film a National Award for its director at the 60th National Film Festival.