Happy Birthday Anurag Kashyap! A Glance At 10 Of His Best Films

| September 10 , 2018 , 15:19 IST

Popular director, Anurag Kashyap who was born on September 10, 1972, in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh celebrates his birthday on Monday. The director started his career as a writer for television serials, then he got a major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma’s crime drama ‘Satya’(1998).

He stepped forward as a director with his directional debut ‘Paanch’, which never had a theatrical release due to censorship issues.

Kashyap helmed and produced many blockbuster movies, and his last movie was ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’(2016), starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

The director has faced many controversies for some of his films, including the controversy over ‘Udta Punjab’(2016) starring Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

On the occasion of Kashyap’s birthday let's view some of the best movies directed by him.

1. Black Friday (2007)

This movie is based on a novel by Hussain Zaidi and narrates the story of the culprits behind the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts. Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the India Film Festival and was nominated for the best film award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

The film starred Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Shrivastav, Imtiaz Ali. Zakir Hussain. Film was released on February 9, 2007

2. Gulaal (2009)

This movie is based on Indian political drama, and it explores themes such as the pursuit of power, quest for legitimacy, perceived injustices and hypocrisy of the powerful.

This film starred Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Abhimanyu Singh, Deepak Dobriyal, Ayesha Mohan, Jesse Randhawa, Piyush Mishra and Aditya Srivastava. The film was released on March 13, 2009.

3. Dev D (2009)

Dev D, an Indian romantic black comedy drama film, is said to be a modern, gritty adaptation of Devdas.

The film was embraced by the media, critics, and the public, and the performance of Mahi Gill, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechin were outstanding.
This film was released on February 6, 2009

4. Udaan (2010)

Udaan focused on the broken relationship between father and son. The acting of the two was praised by the audience.

The film grabbed numerous awards at several ceremonies such as GIFA, Screen Awards, and Filmfare awards.

Udaan starred, Ronit Roy, Rajat Barmecha, Ram Kapoor and Manjot Singh. The film was released on July 16, 2010.

5. That Girl In Yellow Boots (2011)

In this movie, Kalki essays a British-girl in pursuit of her father. Like Anurag’s previous films, this thriller too was gritty and realistic.

The film was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010.

According to BBC News, Kashyap received a negative backlash from financial supporters because of the film’s sexual content. This film starred Naseeruddin Shah and Kali Koechline. It was released on September 2, 2011.

6. Gangs of Wasseypur (‘GOW’ 1+2) (2012)

This movie focused on the Coal Mafia in Jharkhand and the core power-struggles and vengeance between three families.

Both parts of this movie were initially filmed as a single film with the duration of 319 minutes. The full-length version was screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, while the films were divided into two parts for the Indian market.

The performances of Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda and Huma Qureshi, were highly acclaimed and the film was nominated at the National Film Awards and at Filmfare, in countless categories.

Gangs of Wasseypur part 1 was released on June 22, 2012 and part 2 was released on August 8, 2012.

7. The Lunchbox (2013)

The Lunchbox narrates the story of a lonely housewife who exchanges love-letters with widower Saajan after a mix-up of lunch dabbas. The actors fall in love and the situation is raised by the epistolary Lunchbox.

This Ritesh Batra film which is produced by Anurag Kashyap, was nominated for BAFTA 2015 and was also screened during the ‘International Critic’s Week’ at the Cannes Film Festival.

This film starred Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan and was released on September 20, 2013.

8. Bombay Talkies (2013)

It was an Indian anthology film consisting of four short films celebrating the 100th year of Indian cinema and the beginning of a new era in modern cinema.

The film starred Rani Mukerjee, Vineet Kumar Singh, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and was also screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2013.

9. Ugly (2013)

Ugly, the psychological thriller narrates the story of a father in search of his lost daughter with the help of the tough cop.

Ugly is another Anurag Kashyap film which was screened at International film festivals and received widespread critical acclaim.

The film starred Rahul Bhat, Siddhanth Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh and Ronit Roy and released on May 24, 2013.

10. Queen (2014)

The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles and was produced by Anurag Kashyap.

The film tells the story of Rani, an under-confident Punjabi girl from New Delhi who embarks on her pre-planned honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.

Queen was awarded Best Hindi Film and Best Actress awards at the 62nd National Film Awards while it swept more awards at other reputable ceremonies.
This film was released on March 7, 2014.