The first name that comes to mind when we think about unconventional filmmaking is Anurag Kashyap. He isn’t like any other filmmaker. His movies are brave and his choices are offbeat. He doesn’t believe in following the trend, he rather sets the trend. His filmmaking is a welcome change for the viewers. There don’t have lavish locations or grand songs. The stories are grounded and well planned.
Kashyap’s candour is refreshing. His movies depict reality as it is without diluting the essence and purity of the facts and events. Over the last one decade, Anurag Kashyap has played a crucial role in changing the movie dynamics in India. His movies have won numerous awards and recognitions in various national and international film festivals. Here are 5 times when Anurag Kashyap nailed as a filmmaker:
Gangs of Wasseypur
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kashyap’s Upcoming Movie Mukkabaaz
While these movies are impossible to forget, Anurag Kashyap is here with another promising movie titled Mukkabaaz. The movie, based in Uttar Pradesh shows the story of a lower-caste aspiring boxer, Shravan who trains under the upper-caste don played by Jimmy Shergill. The trailer shows Shravan falling for Mishra’s niece Sunaina, but Brahmin Mishra does not approve of the match. The movie promises full on entertainment as Shravan faces Mishra’s wrath.