Birthday Special: Gangs Of Wasseypur to Dev D, Anurag Kashyap redefines Bollywood !

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Amidst the glamorous world of Bollywood show business, there is one name that stands out. This name is a part of the industry and yet remains a mere spectator, this filmmaker thrives in Bollywood but doesn’t follow the typical rules set here. This filmmaker and the flag-bearer of Indian Noir-Cinema, Anurag Kashyap celebrates his 46th birthday today. A name often associated with ‘dark’, ‘political’ and uneasily ‘real’, Anurag is more than what meets the eye.

Completely unapologetic about the subject, Anurag’s films are as close to reality as it gets. Redefining noir cinema with a bit of desi drama, he has managed to strike a balance between the aesthetics and box-office prospects. While not all of his films have worked at the ticket windows, most have been lauded for their experimental content that dares to challenge the traditional norms set in Bollywood.
On his birthday today, we take a look at Anurag Kashyap’s films that we believe have changed the manner in which the world sees Bollywood…

Gangs of Wasseypur

Anurag Kashyap

In 2012, Anurag Kashyap rose to fame with the biggest entertainer of the year- Gangs Of Wasseypur. The filmmaker redefined the sensibilities of filmmaking with his acts of realistic direction and story portrayal. The story revolved around a revenge tale that was a treat for movie goers. The stellar cast including Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tigmanshu Dhulia took the film to another level. It was Anurag Kashyap’s genius who wove a brilliant tale of power struggles, politics and vengeance.

Black Friday

Anurag Kashyap

The movie that brought Anurag Kashyap to limelight was Black Friday. The most controversial movie of 2007, Black Friday was a brutally realistic movie. The story revolved around the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts that rip the city apart. Kashyap filmed the most elaborate chase sequence for the movie that is often regarded as the best chase sequence in any Hindi movie.

Dev. D

Anurag Kashyap

One of the best experimental movies, Dev. D is a fantastic visual ride. The music of the movie became a rage. The musical love story was a modern take on the classic movie Devdas. Kashyap gave his own exciting spin to the story and gave us his version of the cult in the form of Dev.D. The movie is also remembered for the two spectaucular ladies who made their debut with the movie Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill who played the role of Chanda and Paro respectively. Icing on the cake was the phenomenal Abhay Deol who aced the movie.

Raman Raghav 2.0

Anurag Kashyap

Raman Raghav 2.0 is a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the start till end. A splendid crime drama, Raman Raghav 2.0 was a challenging movie to attempt. It was not what we usually see in such kind of movies. The approach of the movie was strikingly different what what we expect from a thriller. The movie features Nawazuddin Siddiqui who essays the role of Ramanna, a psychopathic serial killer. Alongside him, there was Masaan fame Vicky Kaushal in the role of a cop. The movie was praised for its off beat approach.


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Another unconventional movie coming from Anurag Kashyap’s kitty is Ugly. The story of a missing girl along with the theme of human greed and ego formed the crux of the movie. This suspense thriller had an intelligent screenplay that kept the viewers hooked throughout the movie. The movie was a display of cinematic brilliance and brilliant performances by Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Kumar Singh.

Manmarziyaan :

The latest addition to Anurag Kashyap’s varied collection is Manmarziyaanstarring Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal. The filmmaker describes this romantic drama as “messy and chaotic. Because that is how love is.” Manmarziyaan is already making all the right buzz. It is slated to release on September 14.