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Anurag Kashyap
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Born Anurag Singh Kashyap
( 1972-09-10 ) 10 September 1972 (age 41)
Gorakhpur , Uttar Pradesh , India
Occupation Film director , producer , screenwriter and actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Aarti Bajaj  ( m. 2003–09)
Kalki Koechlin  ( m. 2011)
Relatives Abhinav Kashyap (brother)
Anubhuti Kashyap (sister)

Last updated on 3 July 2014 at 05:32.

Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director , producer and screenwriter . Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch , with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] 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). As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award -winning Satya (1998) and the Academy Award -nominated Canadian film Water (2005). He founded his film production company, Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. in 2009.

In 1999, Kashyap won the Best Screenplay award for Satya at the Star Screen Awards . The next year, his short film Last Train to Mahakali won the Special Jury Award at the same awards. [ 4 ] His feature film debut Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (2005), [ 5 ] and was a nominee for the "Golden Leopard" (Best Film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival (2004). [ 6 ] In 2010, he announced his association withTumbhi where he and his team will make six short films for Tumbhi and start his blog with them, as well [ 7 ] [ 8 ] He was listed on The DNA power list: Top 50 influentials, a list of 50 most influential Indians in 2011. Soon, he will be awarded with a cultural achievement award in the Cannes Film Festival. [ 9 ] Kashyap currently serves on the board of Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan Trust, which helps protect vulnerable children around India. [ 10 ] He is one of the most influential and important directors in India. [ 11 ] [ 12 ] [ 13 ] [ 14 ]

Anurag Kashyap was born in Gorakhpur , Uttar Pradesh , [ 15 ] where his father Prakash Singh worked for the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation. He grew up in Gorakhpur . [ 16 ] 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 . [ 17 ] [ 18 ] [ 19 ] Abhinav wrote and directed 2010-hit Dabangg starring Salman Khan , while his sister, Anubhuti assisted him in films like Dev.D and Gangs of Wasseypur . [ 20 ]

He was fascinated with films right from childhood. Even at age five, would watch Hindi films like Kora Kagaz , Avishkaar,Aap Ki Kasam, Aandhi at a nearby club and theater. This came to an end once he began his schooling. [ 21 ]

Due to Kashyap[replacesinglequotehere]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. [ 22 ] [ 23 ] [ 24 ] 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. [ 18 ] [ 21 ] [ 24 ] 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 . [ 17 ] [ 18 ] In ten days, he saw 55 films at the festival, [ 24 ] [ 25 ] and de Sica[replacesinglequotehere]s Bicycle Thieves was the film that influenced him the most; watching it "was an epiphany." [ 22 ]

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. [ 21 ] [ 26 ] 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[replacesinglequotehere]s [college] boys hostel." [ 18 ] He managed to find work at Prithvi Theatre , but his first play remained incomplete because the director died. He then joined Makrand Deshpande [replacesinglequotehere]s troupe — Samrangan — but left because he "could not face life. [He] wanted to act but [he] couldn[replacesinglequotehere]t act with all that frustration." [ 23 ]

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[replacesinglequotehere]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 [replacesinglequotehere]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[replacesinglequotehere]t know anything!" Kashyap started avoiding Nihalani; he went into "hibernation for a year and a half, and kept reading." [ 21 ] [ 23 ]

In 1995, an acquaintance introduced Kashyap to Shivam Nair , director of the 2006 film Ahista Ahista . The day they met, Kashyap watched Martin Scorsese [replacesinglequotehere]s Taxi Driver at Nair[replacesinglequotehere]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 . [ 21 ] 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. [ 24 ] [ 27 ] 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. [ 21 ] Kashyap got his first major break when actor Manoj Bajpai , who was working on Daud showed Auto Narayan to producer-director Ramgopal Varma . Varma liked Kashyap[replacesinglequotehere]s work and hired him to write the script for Satya . [ 21 ] [ 23 ]

In September 1993, while Kashyap stayed at the St. Xavier[replacesinglequotehere]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. [ 21 ] [ 24 ] [ 25 ] Later on, while working with Nair, he came across files related to the Joshi-Abhyankar Serial Murders that took place in Pune in 1976. [ 28 ]

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—

Satya was a commercial and critical success, and Kashyap collaborated with Varma on a few more films writing the screenplay and dialogues for Kaun? (1999) and the dialogues for Shool (1999). He also wrote the dialogues for Mani Ratnam[replacesinglequotehere]s Yuva (2004). 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[replacesinglequotehere]t been released to date. [ 29 ] In 2007, he adapted Stephen King [replacesinglequotehere]s 1978 short story " Quitters, Inc. " as No Smoking , which despite being received well by critics, didn[replacesinglequotehere]t do well at the box-office. [ 30 ] This was followed by Return of Hanuman (previously Hanuman Returns) a Hindi animation film about adventures of the Hindu god Hanuman.

Then, in 2009, came Dev.D . Written and directed by him, the film is a modern day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay [replacesinglequotehere]s classic Bengali novel Devdas , previously adapted for the screen by such revered filmmakers as P.C. Barua and Bimal Roy , and more recently by Sanjay Leela Bhansali . Dev.D was embraced by the media, critics and public alike, and is considered to be amongst path-breaking films in Hindi for the way it presented itself.

In March 2009, while announcing steering away from screenwriting, after his current assignments to concentrate on direction, Kashyap also announced two new film projects. Bombay Velvet , a thriller based on real incidents in 1960s, based on a script by Princeton University Historian Gyan Prakash , will be produced by Danny Boyle starring Ranbir Kapoor . Doga , the second film, will be based on the Raj Comics super hero . [ 31 ] [ 32 ]

In 2010 he played a child abuser in Onir [replacesinglequotehere]s I Am , revealing that the role was meaningful to him because he had been sexually abused as a child. [ 33 ]

He has also written the script of Kabhie Kabhie (1997 TV series) with Akash Khurana and Vinta Nanda which was telecast on Star Plus and this program was directed by Mahesh Bhatt having star casts like Shefali Shah as Radha Pathak, Lillete Dubey as Shama Joshi, Deepak Parashar as Nirmal Joshi , Rohit Roy as Vijay Sinha, Surekha Sikri as Lakshmi Pathak, Alok Nath and Kunika .

In 2012 Anurag Kashyap was praised for his ambitious directorial venture Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 .He also produced a music album called SATAN which features famous singer Yo Yo Honey Singh with whom he has worked earlier for his production Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. He has produced nine films after releasing SATAN in under his production house - AKFPL (Anurag Kashyap Films Private Limited). In terms of direction, he lined with Ugly , Bombay Velvet and Bombay Talkies . His film Ugly was screened in the Directors[replacesinglequotehere] Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival . [ 34 ]

On 20 May 2013, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l[replacesinglequotehere]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. [ 35 ]

Anurag was married to Aarti Bajaj — his college sweetheart whom he dated for nine years before getting married. They have a daughter Aaliya. They separated when he was turning to be an alcoholic, as in depression of his unreleased movie Paanch . [ 36 ]

On 30 April 2011, Kashyap got married to Kalki Koechlin at Kalki[replacesinglequotehere]s maternal home in Ooty . [ 37 ] They first met during the making of Dev D . [ 38 ] 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." [ 39 ]

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". [ 40 ]

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