Anurag Basu

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Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu.jpg
Born Bhilai, Chattisgarh, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali Hindu
Occupation Director, writer
Years active 1993 – present

Anurag Basu is an Indian film, television-advertisement and television director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Basu achieved initial success with his films tackling the themes of passion and adultery[1] such as Life in a... Metro, Kites, Gangster and Murder. He began his directing career in television, moving to feature films in 2002.

Early life[edit]

Basu was born into an upper-middle-class Bengali Kayastha family in Bhilai. His parents, Subrato and Deepshikha, were award-winning theatrical artists and Basu grew up watching them perform in his father's theatre company (Abhiyaan). He attended BSP Senior Secondary School, Sector IV, spending part of his life in Garia, South Kolkata. Although Basu was admitted to Jabalpur Engineering College, he did not enroll.[2] He received a BSc degree in physics from the University of Mumbai, intending to study cinematography at FTII, Pune; however, during his college years in Mumbai he had an opportunity to assist on a number of levels in TV and film projects. After trying to remain involved with filmmaking, Basu became an assistant director to Raman Kumar on Tara.[3]



Basu was in his mid-twenties when he began his television career as an assistant director on Tara, directing about 70 episodes.[4] He directed television serials, trying genres ranging from daily soaps to thrillers such as Saturday Suspense and Ajeeb Dastaan and horror (X-Zone). Basu's most successful work during this period was the Balaji Telefilms soap Koshish ...Ek Aashaa in 2000, which became one of the most popular shows on Zee TV, and made pilot episodes of successful Indian television shows such as Kyun ki saans bhi kabhi bahu thi, Kahani ghar ghar ki, Kasouti zindagi ki[5] in 2001 and 2002. He directed the TV series Miit (based on the novel Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore) and Manzilien Apni Apni, which were telecast on ZEE TV.[6] Basu has directed thousands of television episodes, most of which received high target rating points. In 2000 he received a RAPA Award for Best Director Award from the Radio and TV Advertisers Practitioners Association, followed by an Aashirwad Award for Best Director two years later. Basu returned to television in 2007 to produce and direct the college drama Love Story and hosted the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan (Who Will Be the Biggest Fan) for Zee Bangla in 2010.


Basu made his directorial film debut in 2003 with the slasher film Kucch To Hai, starring Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol and Anita Hassanandani. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor, with whom he had worked on Koshish ...Ek Aashaa. Basu left the film midway through production, replaced by Anil V. Kumar took charge; it failed commercially[7] and critically.[8]

He joined Mahesh Bhatt's production company, Vishesh Films, where he directed his next three films. The first was mystery-drama Saaya starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma, which failed at the box office and was panned by critics for its loose screenplay.[9]

Two women in dresses and three casually-dressed men, standing
Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana Dcruz and Siddharth Roy Kapur at Barfi! promotion

Basu's third film was 2004's Murder. The film dealt with adultery and contained sex scenes, unusual for Indian cinema. Despite its "A" certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, the film became Basu's first hit. It was well received by critics, who appreciated performances by Mallika Sherawat, Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel.[10] Anu Malik's score was also a hit, with songs such as "Kaho Naa Kaho" and "Bheeghey Hont Tere", and the film was a breakthrough for Sherawat and Hashmi.[citation needed] Murder remains one of the few commercially-successful adult-rated films in India. Basu's next movie was Gangster, in which he first collaborated with Pritam (who later scored Life in a... Metro).

His next film was 2010's Kites, starring Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut was a critical and commercial failure. Released in 60 countries, it grossed only one million dollars at the U.S. box office and received a lukewarm review: "Thoroughly overwrought in true Bollywood fashion, Kites is deeply flawed – and too effervescently charming to resist."[11]

In 2012 Basu's film Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz, opened to largely-positive reviews and was well received at the Busan International Film Festival.[12] Barfi! was India's entry for the Academy Awards, and was selected for the Taipei and Morocco film festivals. It was a box-office hit during its opening week, earning Rs. 586 million,[13] and was the third-highest-grossing film that year. Asked after Barfi!'s billion-rupee run if box-office success was his motivation for making films, Basu replied, "I think Barfi's genre is a feel-good genre and that’s the kind of film I wanted to make. And that is what I will try to do in my next film. If it touches 100 hearts maybe it will be in [the] 100 crore club but that will not be my main criteria when I am writing a story".[14]

The director reportedly planned a thriller film for release in October 2013,[15] produced by Basu and Ranbir Kapoor's new production company (Picture Shuru Entertainment). Reportedly titled Jagga Jaasoos, Kapoor,[16] Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif[17][18] and Alia Bhatt[19] were under consideration for lead roles.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Basu is married to Tani Basu and has two daughters, Ishana (b. 2004) and Ahana (b. 2007).


He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2004,[21] halfway through Tumsa Nahin Dekha. Basu was immediately hospitalised, directing parts of the film from his hospital bed since shooting could not be canceled. He gave instructions by dictaphone for camera angles and script changes, with Mahesh Bhatt and Mohit Suri completing the film[22] while the director underwent chemotherapy.




  • Tara (1996)
  • Saturday Suspense (1998)
  • Star best sellers ( 1999)
  • X-Zone (1999)
  • Ajeeb Dastaan (1998)
  • Koshish ...Ek Aashaa (2000)
  • kyun ki saans bhi kabhi bahu thi (2000)
  • kahani ghar ghar ki (2000)
  • Manzilien Apni Apni (TV series) (2001)
  • Miit (2002)
  • Thriller at 10 (2005–2006)
  • Rooh
  • Love Story (2007)

Television advertisements[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2000: RAPA Award for Best Director( Television)
  • 2002: Ashirwaad Award for Best Director (television) – koshish ek aasha
  • 2007: Filmfare Award for Best ScreenplayLife in a... Metro
  • 2007: Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay – Life in a... Metro
  • 2007: International Indian Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay – Life in a... Metro
  • 2009: Indian Television Academy special Award for Best Director of the decade( television, films and Commecials)
  • 2013: Filmfare Award for Best MovieBarfi!
  • 2013: Zee Cine Award for Best Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay for Barfi!
  • 2013: Times of India Film Awards Best Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: 8th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award Best Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards Best Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: International Indian Film Academy Award for Best Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: International Indian Film Academy Award for Best Story for Barfi!
  • 2013: International Indian Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Barfi!
  • 2013: Lions Gold Awards for Favourite Director for Barfi!
  • 2013: Screen Award for Best Director for Barfi!


  1. ^ Mazumdar, Suruchi (14 March 2008). "Anurag Basu to direct Hrithik Roshan". Screen. 
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  4. ^ "The Script motivates me". 13 July 2001. 
  5. ^ "KBC's tail whiplashes Zee prime time". Financial Express. 9 November 2000. 
  6. ^ "A classic re-told". The Tribune (India). 16 March 2001. 
  7. ^ "Kucch To Hai Box Office collections". 2003. 
  8. ^ Adarsh, Taran (24 January 2003). "Kucch To Hai review". 
  9. ^ Adarsh, Taran (4 July 2003). "Saaya review". 
  10. ^ Adarsh, Taran (1 April 2004). "Murder review". 
  11. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes Kites (2010)". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ranbir-Priyanka's BARFI! receives standing ovation at Busan Film Festival". Yahoo! News India. 12 October 2012. 
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  15. ^ ENS (10 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor to romance Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt in Jagga Jasoos". Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  16. ^ staff (6 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor smiles all the way to the bank, charges Rs. 15 crore for Besharam". India Today. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  17. ^ TNN (7 August 2013). "Will Priyanka, Ranbir recreate their 'Barfi!' magic in 'Jagga Jasoos'?". Times of India. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  18. ^ staff (20 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor to Romance Katrina Kaif in 'Jagga Jasoos' ?". IBTimes. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  19. ^ staff (6 August 2013). "Alia Bhatt To Be Paired With Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos?". Koimoi. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  20. ^ staff (7 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor’s 'Jagga Jaasoos' to Star Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt?". IBTimes. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "What they don't tell you about cancer". Times of India. 10 June 2007. 
  22. ^ "Could Gangster be another Murder?". 5 April 2006. 

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