|Born||Anurag Singh Kashyap
10 September 1972
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter and actor|
|Spouse(s)||Aarti Bajaj (m. 2003–09)
Kalki Koechlin (m. 2011–13)
|Relatives||Abhinav Kashyap (brother)
Anubhuti Kashyap (sister)
Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. He got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya and made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. Known for his realistic and hard-hitting films, Kashyap has directed Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings, followed by No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009), Gulaal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). He wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film Water (2005).
He founded his film production company, Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. in 2009, and is run by Guneet Monga. He is also the co-founder of other production companies such as Sikhya Entertainment which was founded in 2008, and Phantom Films with partnership from director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl.
He was listed on The DNA power list: Top 50 influentials, a list of 50 most influential Indians in 2011. He is considered as the"Poster Boy" of the new wave cinema in Bollywood. Apart from Film making, Kashyap also currently serves as on the Member of the board of Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan Trust, which helps protect vulnerable children around India. He is one of the most influential and important directors in India.
Early life and background
Anurag Kashyap was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, where his father Prakash Singh worked for the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation. He grew up in Gorakhpur. He did his early schooling in Green School Dehradun and, age eight onwards, at the Scindia School in Gwalior. Some of the locations used in Gangs of Wasseypur are also influenced from his own old house where he himself lived with his parents, sister Anubhuti Kashyap and brother, Abhinav Kashyap. Abhinav is also writer-director, while his sister Anubhuti has been his assistant in most of his films.
Due to Kashyap's desire to become a scientist, he went to Delhi for his higher studies and enrolled himself into a zoology course at the Hansraj College (University of Delhi); he graduated in 1993. During his college days, he started watching films again and also got involved with drugs and alcohol. He was confused and depressed and had joined a street theater group, Jana Natya Manch; he ended up doing a lot of street plays. The same year, a couple of friends introduced him to world cinema; they "urged [him] to catch a de Sica retrospective" at the International Film Festival of India. In ten days, he saw 55 films at the festival, and de Sica's Bicycle Thieves was the film that influenced him the most; watching it "was an epiphany."
"from all different perspectives and in a way you can say that these films changed my life and it’s meaning completely for me."
The film festival and de Sica made a deep impact on Kashyap — he wanted to do something with films — so he landed in Mumbai in June 1993 with INR 5,000– 6,000 in his pocket. The money ran out after he stayed for a couple of days in a "good hotel." He spent the next eight months on the streets, staying in lofts, "sleeping on beaches," "under a water tank and in the St Xavier's [college] boys hostel." He managed to find work at Prithvi Theatre, but his first play remained incomplete because the director died. He then joined Makrand Deshpande's troupe — Samrangan — but left because he "could not face life. [He] wanted to act but [he] couldn't act with all that frustration."
Kashyap then wrote an "eight-page drama" — Main (I) — which did well at college drama festivals. People advised him to pursue a career in writing. Kashyap's play was appreciated by directors like Govind Nihalani and Saeed Mirza. Nihalani was working on a television series based on classic works, and he gave Kashyap a couple of books—a play by Henrik Ibsen, and Franz Kafka's The Trial—so that he could write scripts based on them. Kashyap read The Trial and told Nihalani that the book could only be made into an animation film, not a regular one. Nihalani asked him to reconsider. But the books had "confused [Kashyap] so much that [he] started thinking that [he] didn't know anything!" Kashyap started avoiding Nihalani; he went into "hibernation for a year and a half, and kept reading."
In 1995, an acquaintance introduced Kashyap to Shivam Nair, director of the 2006 film Ahista Ahista. The day they met, Kashyap watched Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver at Nair's place—on a "bad vcr" and using a "mutilated tape"; the film fascinated him. "I want to write something," Kashyap told Nair, and spent the next few days sitting in a corner as people like Sriram Raghavan, Sridhar Raghavan and Shiv Subramaniam discussed things. Sridhar introduced him to the world of books—authors like James M. Cain. The team was working on two projects, one of which was a docu-drama, Auto Narayan, based on the life of serial killer Auto Shankar; the second one was a film scripted by Kashyap. Auto Narayan got delayed because the script penned by Subramaniam was not "working." Kashyap rewrote the script, and got credit for the same, and the second film was scrapped. But Kashyap had now proved himself, and so got access to a VCR and television set. He started bringing in video tapes and spent many days watching films.
In September 1993, while Kashyap stayed at the St. Xavier's Boys Hostel, he used to hang out with the members of a band—Greek (later Pralay). He took copious notes on how they lead their lives—forty pages of a small notebook, and began writing the script—"in bits and pieces"—for a film that he called Mirage but which would later become Paanch. Kashyap had seen ex-VJ Luke Kenny in a Vikram Kapadia play, and approached him with an incomplete script, but nothing came out of it. Later on, while working with Nair, he came across files related to the Joshi-Abhyankar Serial Murders that took place in Pune in 1976.
"Five very ordinary college kids viciously murdered nine people. I got what I needed to finish my script then."
He had also seen a film, Fun, about two mentally unstable girls murdering an elderly woman. And Paanch was ready to be made into a film. Kashyap says—
"There was a structuring in Fun, which you will also see in Paanch. There was something in Fun. When I began looking for it, I saw a pattern in Last Train to Mahakali, in my own film Paanch and in Auto Narayan. All three films had a similar formula. I am able to analyze it because I have.
He then wrote episodes of 1997 Tv series Kabhie Kabhie directed by Mahesh Bhatt. In 1998, then struggling actor Manoj Bajpai suggested his name to Ram Gopal Varma to write a film. varma liked kashyap's Auto Narayan and hired him, alongside Saurabh Shukla to write the screenplay and dialogues for Satya. Satya was a commercial and critical success, and Kashyap collaborated with Varma on a few more films scripting Kaun (1999) and writing dialogues for Shool (1999). In 1999, he directed a short film Last Train to Mahakali starring Kay Kay Menon which was made for the Star Plus television series Star Bestsellers. Kashyap made his directorial debut with Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead in 2000. However, the film ran into trouble with the Indian censor board and hasn't been released to date. In between these years he wrote dialogues for many films Including Paisa Vasool, Mani Ratnam's Yuva (2004), Water, Main Aisa Hi Hoon and Mixed Doubles.
In 2007, Anurag adapted Stephen King's 1978 short story "Quitters, Inc." as No Smoking, which despite being received well by critics, didn't do well at the box-office. The same year his highly controversial crime film Black Friday got censorship clearance and was released after two years and got universal acclaim with an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics compared his film with classics like Salvador and The Battle of Algiers. His next film was Return of Hanuman (previously Hanuman Returns) a Hindi animation film about adventures of the Hindu god Hanuman. It was released in India on 28 December 2007.
In 2009, Kashyap had two film releases. Dev D, a contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel Devdas. It was the 12th screen adaptation of the bengali novel. Starring Abhay Deol who actually suggested the oiginal idea of it to Anurag. Alongwith Mahie Gill and newcomer Kalki Koechlin potaying the chaacters of "Paro" and Chandramukhi respecively. The film was a commercial success and was well received by critics, mainly due to its quirky music and different narrative stucture. Kashyap's next film was Gulaal, a political crime drama starring Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Abhimanyu Singh and Deepak Dobriyal in lead. The film was delayed due to financial issues. It was screened at the 2009 London Film Festival and was released on 13 March to generally positive reviews and mixed box office results. In 2010, he announced his association with Tumbhi where he and his team will make six short films for Tumbhi and start his blog with them, as well.
In 2011, Kashyap directed That Girl in Yellow Boots, a thriller starring Kalki Koechlin who also co-wrote the film with him. The film was screened at many key festivals including 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, 67th Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) and London Indian Film Festival. It was released on september 2011 in India and in U.S to mostly favourable reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-times gave it 3.5 out of the 4 stars, and he also noted that ' The film's value is in its portrait of Ruth, and her independence as a solo outsider in a vast, uncaring city. '
In 2012 Anurag Kashyap came up with his ambitious directorial venture Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2,which screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and was well appreciated by Indian and International critics alike.By some describing kashyap as the Quentin Tarantino of India.
In 2013, kashyap directed That Day After Every Day starring Radhika Apte, Geetanjali Thapa and Sandhya Mridul. It was a short-film running for 20 minutes and was released on Youtube.It showed the story of three working women facing troubles everyday, both inside and outside their houses and overcoming them.Dealing with Issues like Eve Teasing and public molestation, the video got 4 Lakh hits in two days. Speaking about the purpose of the project, Kashyap stated that "The idea was not to offer a solution just show something to create that feeling". He later said "I want people to feel angry,sometimes disturbed, sometimes confused."
In the same year he teamed up with Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar to direct "Murabba", one of the four segments of anthology film Bombay Talkies. The film was made to celebrate the 100 years of Hindi Cinema. It was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film did not perform very well at the box office, but was well received by the critics.
His next film Ugly, a Thriller starring Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh and Surveen Chawla in pivotal roles was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and got Standing Ovation there. It's release was halted for over an year regarding censorship issues over depiction of smoking in the film. It is now releasing on 26 December 2014.
Kashyap's future project is Bombay Velvet a period film set in bombay of 1960s, based on Princeton University Historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables. starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in the lead roles and Kay Kay Menon, Raveena Tandon and Siddharth Basu appearing in supporting roles. Poduced by Phantom Films and Fox Star Studios, scheduled for a release on 15 May 2015.
Awards and honours
In 1999, Kashyap shared the Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay, along with Saurabh Shukla for Ram Gopal Varma's Satya. The next year, his short film Last Train to Mahakali won the Special Jury Award at the same awards. His feature film debut Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (2005), and was a nominee for the "Golden Leopard" (Best Film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival (2004).
On 20 May 2013, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, when India was the guest country of the festival to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. He was also one of the jury members at the 13th Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco with president of the jury Martin Scorsese along with jury members Fatih Akin, Patricia Clarkson, Marion Cotillard, Amat Escalante, Golshifteh Farahani, Narjiss Nejjar, Park Chan-wook and Paolo Sorrentino, who chose award winners amongst the 15 international feature films in competition.
- Filmfare Award
His movies frequently deal with themes of drug and alcohol abuse, excessive smoking, teenage angst, clinical depression, emotional abuse, extreme rage and frustration, arrogance, and above all self-destruction. Most of his movies deal with very realistic scenarios and take excerpts from the scandals seen in newspapers in everyday life, such as the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders reference in Paanch, the 1993 Mumbai bombings in Black Friday, the Sanjeev Nanda BMW hit-and-run case and MMS scandal in Dev.D and portrayal of real life gang wars that took place in the region of Dhanbad, Jharkhand in Gangs of Wasseypur. He repeatedly uses hand-held cameras, and innovative and off-beat soundtracks.
Kashyap's work has also inspired British Director Danny Boyle, with him citing Black Friday along with his co-written film Satya as an inspiration for his 2008 award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle stated that a chase in one of the opening scenes of Slumdog Millionaire was based on a "12-minute police chase through the crowded Dharavi slum" in Black Friday. Also citing Satya's "slick, often mesmerizing" portrayal of the Mumbai underworld, which included gritty and realistic "brutality and urban violence," directly influenced the portrayal of the Mumbai underworld in Slumdog Millionaire.
On 30 April 2011, Kashyap got married to Kalki Koechlin at Kalki's maternal home in Ooty. They first met during the making of Dev D. Anurag and Kalki collaborated on making of the movie Shaitan. They also worked together in That Girl in Yellow Boots. On Nov 11, 2013 Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin announced that "they are taking time apart from their more than two-year-old marriage." 
When asked about his religious worldview in an IAmA he did on reddit.com, Anurag replied, "I am an atheist. Cinema is the only religion I believe in".
|1997||Kabhie Kabhie||Yes||Television Series|
|1999||Shool||Yes (only dialogue)|
|2001||Nayak||Yes (only dialogue)|
|2004||Yuva||Yes (only dialogue)|
|2005||Main Aisa Hi Hoon||Yes|
|2007||Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal||Yes (only dialogue)|
|2007||Return of Hanuman||Yes|
|2007||Fool N Final||Yes|
|2007||Shakalaka Boom Boom||Yes|
|2009||Kurbaan||Yes (only dialogue)|
|2009||Luck by Chance||Yes|
|2009||Dev D||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nominated — IIFA Award for Best Director
Nominated — Apsara Award for Best Director
Nominated — Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing
Nominated — IIFA Award for Best Story
|2009||Gulaal||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Story|
|2010||Udaan||Yes||Yes||Won — Filmfare Award for Best Story
Won — Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
Won — Screen Award for Best Film
Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated — IIFA Award for Best Story
|2010||Muskurake Dekh Zara||Yes|
|2011||That Girl in Yellow Boots||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011||Tera Kya Hoga Johny||Yes|
|2011||Trishna||Yes||Yes||Premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival|
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1||Yes||Yes||Premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2012
Nominated — Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2||Yes||Yes|
|2012||Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana||Yes|
|2012||Talaash: The Answer Lies Within||Yes (Additional dialogues)|
|2012||Shahid||Yes||World premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival|
|2012||The World Before Her||Yes||He Co-presented this Documentary film. Won awards at Canadian International Documentary Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.|
|2013||The Lunchbox||Yes||Screened at 2013 Cannes Film festival
Screened at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Won - Cannes Film Festival - Critics Week Viewers Choice Award (Grand Rail d'Or)
Won - World Cinema Amsterdam Audience Award - Best Film
|2013||Monsoon Shootout||Yes||Screened at 2013 Cannes film festival|
|2013||Bombay Talkies||Yes||Directing one story out of four stories|
|2014||Hasee Toh Phasee||Yes||Yes (dialogue)|
|2014||Queen||Yes||Also Film Editor|
|2014||Katiyabaaz||Yes||premiered at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.Won awards at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and 61st National Film Awards.|
|2014||Happy New Year||Yes||Cameo|
|2014||Ugly||Yes||Yes||Screened at 2013 Cannes film festival|
|2015||NH10||Yes||Upcoming thriller film|
|2015||Tigers||Yes||Directed by Danis Tanovic|
|2015||Bombay Velvet||Yes||Yes||Yes||Upcoming drama film|
|2016||Doga||Yes||Yes||Upcoming action/superhero film based on Raj comics character Doga|
|1999||Last Train to Mahakali||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film aired on Star Plus|
|2010||Tubelight ka Chaand||Yes|
|2010||The Joy of Giving||Yes|
|2013||Chai||Yes||Directed by Gitanjali Rao|
|2013||That Day After Every Day||Yes||Yes||Short film on eve teasing and molestation.|
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