Anurag Kashyap

10 September 1972 | Virgo

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Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap

The writer, producer and director also occasionally dons the hats of an actor and editor and is regarded as one of the most influential and important filmmakers of Hindi cinema. He has to his name several national and international awards including the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government. Eight years after rising to fame with Black Friday, he continues to impress critics and audiences alike with films like Dev D and Gangs of Wasseypur.

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The writer, producer and director also occasionally dons the hats of an actor and editor and is regarded as one of the most influential and important filmmakers of Hindi cinema. He has to his name several national and international awards including the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government. Eight years after rising to fame with Black Friday, he continues to impress critics and audiences alike with films like Dev D and Gangs of Wasseypur. Born to Prakash Singh, a Deputy General Manager at Obra Thermal Power Station in Sonbhadra, Anurag grew up in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. He has two siblings - brother Abhinav Kashyap, who is also a director and sister, Anubhuti Kashyap, who often assists him on his films. Kashyap completed his schooling from Greens School, Dehradun and Scindia School, Gwalior before moving to Delhi to enroll at the Hansraj College for a course in zoology. While studying in Delhi, he joined the street theatre group Jana Natya Manch and was exposed to many plays and films in the process. After graduating in 1993, he moved to Mumbai to pursue his dreams of becoming a filmmaker. He worked briefly at the Prithvi theatre before being introduced to Shivam Nair, who influenced him to take up writing. He scripted two short TV series, a few episodes of the serial Kabhie Kabhie (1997) and also worked on Hansal Mehta's unreleased directorial debut Jayate. The following year, he was roped in by Ram Gopal Varma, to write the screenplay for Satya (1998) along with Saurabh Shukla. The film was very well received and he went on to co-script Varma's Shool (1999) and Kaun (1999). In 1999, he also made the short film, Last Train to Mahakali, which won him the Screen Special Jury Award. He then directed the thriller Paanch, which still remains unreleased. In the meanwhile he served as the screenwriter for films like Yuva (2004), Water (2005), Mixed Doubles (2006), among others. His next directorial venture Black Friday (2007) also ran into controversy and was ultimately released after two of its completion and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The film was critically acclaimed and brought Kashyap to the limelight. In the same year, he also directed No Smoking and Return of Hanuman, an animation film. In 2008, he turned producer for Aamir and the following year established Anurag Kashyap Films, the production house. Their first release was Udaan (2009), which was internationally acclaimed and was a blockbuster in India. Kashyap also shared the Filmfare Award for best story and best screenplay along with Vikramaditya Motwane for Udaan. The same year he directed his next film, Dev D, starring Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill. The film, which was an adaptation of Sarat Chandra's novel, was originally conceptualized by Abhay who narrated it to the director. On its release, the film gathered positive response and has over the years acquired a cult status. This was followed by Gulaal (2009) and the more offbeat thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), both of which received critical acclaim. Kashyap rose to the zenith of success with his two-part crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur – Parts 1 and 2 (2012) which is considered one of the greatest crime films of all time in the history of world cinema. The first part also earned the Filmfare award for best screenplay and earned the critics' award for best film. However, his next project - a short in the anthology Bombay Talkies (2013) couldn't impress audiences but pleased the critics. In 2014, he directed the critically and commercially acclaimed Ugly. His next film, Bombay Velvet (2015), starring Ranbir Kapoor, failed to perform at the box office. Apart from films, he edited the National Award winning Queen (2014), which earned him a Filmfare Award. He has also earned several nominations and awards for his direction and production. Kashyap has also done cameos for films like Black Friday, No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009), I Am (2010) and Happy New Year (2014). His upcoming productions include Shandaar (2015) and Ghoomketu, the dates of which are yet to be announced and a sequel to the cult film, Gangs of Wasseypur, which was recently announced. In 2013, his short film That Day After Everyday, gained huge fan following. He was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Government at the Cannes Film Festival. Kashyap has served in the jury panels of many popular film festivals and currently serves as heads of many NGOs. He co-owns three film production companies namely Anurag Kashyap Films, Sikhya Entertainment, and Phantom Films. He married actress Kalki Koechlin in 2011 after divorcing his now ex-wife Aarti Bajaj, the editor. However, the couple parted ways in 2015 after staying apart for two years.

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