Kashyap at Guru Dutt's Film Screenplays Book Launch in Mumbai, 2015
|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 has received acclaim for his often gritty and realistic films and is described as the "Poster Boy" of new wave cinema in Bollywood.
After writing few news paper articles and television serials, Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya and made his directorial debut with Paanch, which is yet unreleased regarding censorship issues. He then directed Black Friday (2004), a film based on the book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Its release was held up for two years by the Central Board of Film Certification because of the pending verdict of the case at that time, but was released on 2007 to widespread critical appreciation. Kashyap's followup, No Smoking (2007) met with negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office, but has since garnered a cult following. His next venture was Dev D (2009), which was well received both critically and commercially. followed by Gulaal (2009) and the more offbeat thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011). both films received critical acclaim. kashyap got further success with his two-part crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, and Ugly all of which screened at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
Apart from Film making, Kashyap also currently serves as the Member of board of Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan Trust, which helps protect vulnerable children around India, and is vocal about cinema and society related issues. He is the founder of three film production companies, Anurag Kashyap Films and Sikhya Entertainment, which are run by Guneet Monga. Along with Phantom Films with partnership from director's Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena.
Background and Career
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. He then eventually joined a street theater group, Jana Natya Manch; and did many street plays. The same year, his couple of friends "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 Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves was the film that influenced him the most.
After the de Sica experience, Kashyap arrived in Mumbai in 1993 with INR 5,000 in his pocket. Soon the money ran out, and he spent months on the streets, staying in lofts, "sleeping on beaches," "under a water tank and in the St Xavier's [college] boys hostel." He then managed to find work at Prithvi Theatre, but his first play remained incomplete because the director died.
In 1995, an acquaintance introduced Kashyap to Shivam Nair. The day they met, Kashyap watched Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver at Nair's place and the film inspired him to " write something ". The team of Sriram Raghavan, Sridhar Raghavan and Shiv Subramaniam were working on two projects, one of which was a short tv series, 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, but it was scrapped.He also wrote the 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 with newcomer Kay Kay Menon which was made for the Star Plus television series Star Bestsellers.
While working with Nair, he came across files related to the Joshi-Abhyankar Serial Murders that took place in Pune in 1976, which became the inspiration for his directorial debut Paanch.  A crime thriller starring Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Vijay Maurya, Joy Fernandes and Tejaswini Kolhapure in the lead roles. The film ran into trouble with the Indian censor board because, as kashyap quotes " They felt it wasn't healthy entertainment because it dealt unapologetically with sex, drugs and misguided, alienated youths, " and is still unreleased. 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. He also wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film Water (2005).
In 2007, Anurag adapted Stephen King's 1978 short story "Quitters, Inc." as No Smoking, a surrealistic thriller about a chain-smoker who gets trapped in the maze of a man who guarantees will make him quit smoking. The film starring John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Ranvir Shorey and Paresh Rawal in the leads and music by Vishal Bhardwaj, premiered in Rome Film Festival to critical acclaim. It released on 26 October 2007 to mostly negative reviews from the critics and tanked at the box-office. The same year his highly controversial crime film Black Friday got censorship clearance and was released after two years and met with universal acclaim with an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics had drawn comparisons of it with classics like Salvador and The Battle of Algiers. His next film was Return of Hanuman, a Hindi animation film about adventures of the Hindu god Hanuman, which he made for his daughter, and 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 pitched the original idea of the film to Anurag. With Mahie Gill and newcomer Kalki Koechlin portraying the characters of "Paro" and Chandramukhi respectively. The film was a commercial success and was well received by critics, mainly due to its quirky music and distinct narrative structure. Along with Gulaal, a political crime drama starring Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Abhimanyu Singh and Deepak Dobriyal in lead. The film was delayed for years due to financial issues. It was screened at the 2009 London Film Festival and was released on 13 March to generally positive reviews and poor box office results.
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, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, London Indian Film Festival and was Kashyap's first worldwide release. It was released on September 2011 in India, Uk, USA and few other countries to mostly favourable reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-times gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars praising the character-driven film and the portrayal of its lead along with the city compared to most hindi films: " a film like this provides a radically different view of India than you can find in the pleasures and excesses of Bollywood ".
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 Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The film starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles was a two-part crime saga Centered on the coal mafia of Dhanbad with the story spanning from the early 1940s to 2009. It was released on 22 June 2012 and was well appreciated by Indian and International critics alike.The combine budget of the two films allowed it to be a box-office success.On January 16 2015, it was released in United States on selected theatres.
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 concluded " 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, and 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 received a Standing Ovation. Its release was halted for over an year regarding censorship issues over depiction of smoking in the film. The film was released on 26 December 2014 to generally positive reviews.
Kashyap's future project is Bombay Velvet a period film set in bombay of 1950s-60s, based on Princeton University Historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables. According to anurag, the city was recreated in Sri Lanka: " It is the most tight budget film of my career. It is a 300 crore (US$47 million) movie that we have made into 90 crore (US$14 million) ". Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma in the lead and notably Karan Johar's acting debut as the antagonist with Raveena Tandon, Siddharth Basu and Manish Choudhary appearing in supporting roles. Produced 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 has also served as one of the jury members at many film festivals like the 2009 Venice Film Festival, 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and the 13th Marrakech Film Festival.
- Filmfare Award
Style and Themes
Regarded as an auteur and postmodern filmmaker, Kashyap's aesthetics are purely new age and Indian.With a portrayal of post-Independent modern India in his films. He prefers shooting on real locations by employing guerrilla-filmmaking techniques with hidden cams, and often makes his actors to improvise their dialogues on set. Frequently uses hand-held camera's and off-beat soundtracks.
His movie protagonist's often deal with excessive drug, smoke or alcohol consumption, personal guilt, extreme rage and arrogance which leads them into self-shattering situations. Most of his movies deal with very realistic scenarios and takes clues from real incidents. For example, the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders reference in Paanch, the 1993 Mumbai bombing in Black Friday, the Sanjeev Nanda BMW hit-and-run case and MMS scandal in Dev.D and depiction of real life gang wars in Gangs of Wasseypur.
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.
Anurag was married to film editor Aarti Bajaj, they have a daughter. He later married actress Kalki Koechlin at Kalki's maternal home in Ooty. They first met during the making of Dev D, and later collaborated on other movies. In 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 view, Kashyap 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||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Yes (only dialogue)|
|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||Hunterrr||Yes||Releasing on 20 March|
|2015||NH10||Yes||Upcoming thriller film|
|2015||Tigers||Yes||Directed by Danis Tanovic|
|2015||Bombay Velvet||Yes||Yes||Yes||Upcoming drama film|
|2015||Shaandar||Yes||Also Film Editor|
|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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