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Anurag Kashyap Profile, Bio, Height, Affair, Family, Wiki & Net Worth

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About Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, writer, editor, producer and actor known for his works in the Hindi cinema. Anurag Kashyap is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards. For his contributions to film, the Government of France awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and letters) in 2013. After writing a television serial, Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma’s crime drama Satya (1998) and made his directorial debut with Paanch, which never had a theatrical release due to censorship issues. He then went on to direct Black Friday (2007), a film based on the namesake book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings.

Anurag Kashyap’s prominence increased with the two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Kashyap subsequently co-produced the critically acclaimed drama The Lunchbox, and the biographical drama Shahid (both 2013), the former earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language nomination. His next films were the anthology Bombay Talkies (2013), and the drama Ugly (2014). In 2016, Kashyap directed Raman Raghav 2.0, a film based on the serial killer Raman Raghav. Anurag Kashyap’s next film was the sports drama Mukkabaaz, which was released in 2018. The same year, he co-directed India’s first Netflix Original series, the crime thriller Sacred Games, based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name and the romantic drama Manmarziyaan.

Bio/Wiki

Birth Name Anurag Singh Kashyap
Nick Name Not Known
Age (as in 2022) 50 Years
Debut As a Director: Paanch (Unreleased)
As a Producer: Udaan (2010)
As an Actor: Black Friday (Cameo Role, 2010)
Religion Atheist
Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign Virgo
Birth Place Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Date of Birth 10 September 1972 [1]wikipedia
Nationality Indian
Residence Not Known
Home Town Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Hobbies Writing, Swimming

Physical  Stats

Height (Approx.) in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 11”
Weight (Approx.) in Kilograms- 84 kg
in Pounds- 185 lbs

Figure Measurements

Chest Size 42
Biceps Size 14
Waist Size 32

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / Ethnicity Not Known
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
S*xual Orientation Not Known
Dress Size Not Known
Shoe Size Not Known

Family

Mother’s Name Not Known
Father’s Name Not Known
Brother Not Known
Sister Not Known
Wife/Spouse Divorced
Marriage Date Not Known
Children Not Known

Personal Life

School Green School, Dehradun, Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
College/University Hans Raj College (University of Delhi), New Delhi, India
Educational Qualification Bachelor of Science
Profession Film director, Screenwriter, Producer and Actor
Brands Endorsed Not Known
Career Manager Not Known

Awards

1999 Screen Award for Best Screenplay with Saurabh Shukla for ‘Satya’
2000 Special Jury Award for ‘Last Train to Mahakali’
2007 Grand Jury Prize for ‘Black Friday’
2011 Best Story and Best Screenplay Award along with Vikramaditya Motwane
2013 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the government of France
2016 Yash Bharti Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh

Anurag Kashyap (left) along with Sandrine Bonnaire, Joe Dante, Ang Lee, Liliana Cavani, Sergei Bodrov and Luciano Ligabue at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

On 20 May 2013, Kashyap was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, when India was the guest country of the festival to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema.

Anurag Kashyap has also served as one of the jury members at many film festivals including the 2009 Venice Film Festival, 2013 Sundance Film Festival, 13th Marrakech Film Festival, and the 20th Busan International Film Festival. In 2016, Kashyap was awarded Yash Bharti Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for his contribution to the field of cinema.

In 1999, Kashyap shared the Screen Award for Best Screenplay, along with Saurabh Shukla for 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 and was a nominee for the Golden Leopard (Best Film) Award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.

In 2011, Kashyap shared the Best Story and Best Screenplay Award at the 56th Filmfare Awards with Vikramaditya Motwane for Udaan. The next year he shared the Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue with Zeishan Quadri, Sachin Ladia and Akhilesh Jaiswal for Gangs of Wasseypur at the 58th Filmfare Awards; the film also won the Critics Award Best Movie at the same award show. At the 60th Filmfare Awards, Kashyap won the Filmfare Award for Best Editing with Abhijit Kokate for Queen.

Relationship & more

Affairs/Girlfriends Aarti Bajaj
Kalki Koechlin
Shubhra Shetty

Favorite Things

Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Favourite Food Cheese, Cereals, Fish, Chocolate, Nespresso
Favourite Actors Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah
Favourite Actresses Marilyn Monroe, Golshifteh Farahani, Scarlett Johansson
Favourite Films Bollywood- Pyasa, Bandit Queen, Sahib Biwi Aur Gulam
Hollywood- Bicycle Thieves
Controversies • In 2000, his directorial debut film “Paanch” fell into controversy for the violent portrayal of youths.
• In 2007, his other film “Black Friday” became controversial for displaying the sensitive issue of 1993 Bombay Bomb Blasts.
• He is often criticized by the media for promoting sex, drugs, and abuses through his films.
• Kashyap has always been at the anvil of Censor Board and the latest in the series is his 2016 flick “Udta Punjab” in which he was criticized by the board for portraying Punjab in a bad sense

Money Factor

Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx) $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)
Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx) Under Review
Annual Salary Under Review
Income Source Film director, Screenwriter, Producer and Actor

Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the field of Bollywood, Anurag Kashyap is one of the wealthiest filmmakers in India. Anurag Kashyap has a number of big-grossing and critically acclaimed names of movies to his name as a director. He is known for his control over the films’ artistic and dramatic aspects along with the production design. He is also well known to start new venture movies with fresh faces. He has the quality of producing sensations over creating the overall vision through which the film eventually becomes realized.

 Career

As a 19-year-old student of zoology at Delhi’s Hansraj College, I had no desire to be a filmmaker. Till I watched Bicycle Thieves, a 1948 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, at a film festival in Delhi in 1993. After the film got over, I decided to chuck it all and leave bag-and-baggage for Bombay to be a filmmaker.

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.

Anurag Kashyap As Writer and director

The 1990s

In 1995, an acquaintance introduced Kashyap to Shivam Nair. The day they met, Kashyap watched Taxi Driver (1976) 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 written by Subramaniam was not “working”.

Kashyap rewrote the script and got credit for the same, but it was scrapped. In 1997, he wrote the screenplay of Hansal Mehta’s first film, Jayate which failed to find a theatrical release; and episodes of the TV series Kabhie Kabhie (1997).

Due to his desire to become a scientist, Kashyap went to Delhi for his higher studies and enrolled himself into a zoology course at the Hans Raj College (University of Delhi); he graduated in 1993. He then eventually joined a street theatre group, Jana Natya Manch; and did many street plays. The same year, his couple of friends “urged 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.

The 2000s

While working with Nair, Kashyap 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 about a group of five friends of a rock band who turn into criminals. The film faced trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification because the board felt that it dealt unapologetically with sex, drugs and celebrated violence. It was cleared by the Board in 2001 but remains unreleased due to some problems faced by the producer. In these years, he also wrote dialogues for many films including Paisa Vasool (2004), Mani Ratnam’s Yuva (2004), the Canadian film Water (2005), Main Aisa Hi Hoon (2005) and Mixed Doubles (2006).

After a failed attempt to make Allwyn Kalicharan in 2003, Kashyap started working on Black Friday (2007), a film based on the namesake book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. The Bombay high court put a stay on the release of the film until the judgment in the bomb blasts case was delivered. It was decided after a petition filed by a group of 1993 bomb blasts accused, challenging the release of the film based on their case. The film got censorship clearance in 2007 and was released after two years of meeting universal acclaim. Nikhat Kazmi gave the film a three-star out of five ratings and mentioned it.

“It was indeed a difficult film to make, yet the director has managed to grapple with all the loose threads and put them together in a composite whole. So much so, the film moves like a taut thriller, without ideology coloring the sepia frames.”

The same year, Kashyap adapted Stephen King’s short story “Quitters, Inc.” into No Smoking. A surrealistic thriller about a chain-smoker who gets trapped in the maze of a person who guarantees will make him quit smoking. The film starring John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Ranvir Shorey and Paresh Rawal in the leads with music by Vishal Bhardwaj, premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

No Smoking received an overwhelmingly negative reception and failed at the box-office. CNN-IBN’s Rajeev Masand called it a “colossal disappointment”.His final release of the year was Return of Hanuman, an animation film about adventures of the Hindu god Hanuman.

In 2009, Kashyap had two releases. Dev.D, a contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas. It was the twelfth film adaptation of the Bengali novel. Starring Abhay Deol who actually pitched the original idea of the film to Kashyap, with Mahie Gill and newcomer Kalki Koechlin portraying the characters of “Paro” and Chandramukhi respectively. The film met with generally positive reviews and strong box office results. Gulaal, a political drama, was his final release of that year.

Kashyap started working on the film in 2005 and had finished 70–80 percent of the film in 2006 when its producer fell ill. Later on, Zee Motion Pictures took over the project and was finally finished in 2008 and released on 13 March 2009. Anupama Chopra gave the film three stars and referred to Kashyap as “the Anti-Yash Chopra”. Despite positive reviews, the film underperformed at the box office.

The 2010s

Mumbai Cutting (2010), an anthology film, was his next directorial venture. It consisted of eleven short films made by eleven directors. He directed one of the short films. It premiered at the 2008 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

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 festivals including the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, 67th Venice International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the London Indian Film Festival. Shot in thirteen days, the film was released in September 2011.

 Filmography

Movies List [2]IMDB

1997 Jayate
1998 Satya
1999 Shool
Kaun
2000 Jung
2001 Nayak
2003 Paanch
2004 Paisa Vasool
Yuva
2005 Water
Main Aisa Hi Hoon
2006 Mixed Doubles
Shoonya
2007 Black Friday
No Smoking
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
Return of Hanuman
Fool & Final
Shakalaka Boom Boom
2008 Aamir
2009 Kurbaan
Luck by Chance
Dev.D
Gulaal
2010 Udaan
I Am
Mumbai Cutting
Muskurake Dekh Zara
2011 That Girl in Yellow Boots
Soundtrack
Shagird
Tera Kya Hoga Johnny
Trishna
Michael
Shaitan
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2
Aiyyaa
Chittagong
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Talaash: The Answer Lies Within
The Last Act
Tasher Desh
Shahid
Peddlers
2013 The Lunchbox
Monsoon Shootout
Bombay Talkies
Lootera
Shorts
2014 Hasee Toh Phasee
Bhoothnath Returns
Queen
Tigers
Happy New Year
Ugly
2015 NH10
Hunterrr
Bombay Velvet
Masaan
Meeruthiya Gangster
Vakratunda Mahakaaya
Shaandaar
2016 Udta Punjab
Raman Raghav 2.0
Akira
Madly
Wrong Side Raju

Some unknown facts about

  • Does Anurag Kashyap smoke?: Yes
  • Does Anurag Kashyap drink alcohol?: Yes
  • In his school days, Anurag Kashyap had great affections with the films but after schools, Anurag Kashyap changed his mind and wanted to become a scientist and thus took admission at Hans Raj College, the University of Delhi in a Zoology course and during his college days Anurag Kashyap again diverted towards films.
  • After completing graduation in 1993, Anurag Kashyap joined a street theater group “Jana Natya Manch”.
  • Kashyap attended the International Film Festival of India and saw 55 films in just 10 days and the film which inspired him the most was Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves.
  • After being inspired by De Sica’s filmmaking, Anurag Kashyap left home with Rs. 5000 in the pocket and arrived in Mumbai in 1993 to pursue his dream.
  • During his initial days in Mumbai, Anurag Kashyap spent months on the street and benches.
  • Anurag Kashyap’s first job in Mumbai was at Prithvi Theatre, however, his first play was incomplete due to the director’s death.
  • The turning point of his life was when Manoj Bajpayee introduced him to Ram Gopal Varma to write a film that eventually turned to be the movie Satya which later proved to be a huge success at the Box-office.
  • Anurag Kashyap directorial debut film “Paanch” hasn’t been released yet.
  • Anurag Kashyap founded his own film production company in 2009, “Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. (AKFPL).”
  • Anurag Kashyap is known for his unique film-making style in which he pursues extensive research on each character and extensively uses light and color effects.
  • Anurag Kashyap’s film, Gangs of Wasseypur was well received by the Indian audience. The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, London Indian Film Festival, and Toronto Film Festival.
  • Anurag Kashyap has also acted in a few films like Shagird, Black Friday, Happy New Year, No Smoking, Bhoothnath Returns, Akira, etc.
  • Anurag Kashyap is known for the guerrilla filmmaking technique in which the camera is hidden and actors are given chance to improvise.
  • British director, Danny Boyle was inspired by Kashyap’s works and copied the film-making style of Kashyap in some of the scenes of his Oscar-awarded movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.
  • A Canadian critic, Cameron Bailey has called him “one of the most knowledgeable filmmakers.”
  • Anurag Kashyap is a member of the board of the NGO, Aangan, which helps protect vulnerable children around India.

References

References
1 wikipedia
2 IMDB

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