Bollywood is not just drama, emotions and action but it is about the real world apart from the silver screen. As we move into the future, we take a step closer towards parallel cinema. In recent times, so many movies bring out the rude and brutal real world, which is important for the audience to know and who better to do it than Anurag Kashyap!
In Bollywood, many directors run towards the commercial success and the digits the movie may get them, while Anurag always thinks out of the box because he never shows us the dreamy world. So strange, right? Be it the Gangs of Wasseypur or The Girl in the Yellow boots, Kashyap chose the boldest of topics and portrayed them with simplicity. When he entered Bollywood, he was like a breeze of fresh air, than the usual Raj-Simran.
Anurag began his Bollywood career in 1997 as a screenwriter for television series Kabhie Kabhie, he also co-wrote Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya in 1998. He made his feature film debut with the yet-released film, Paanch in 2003. He next directed Black Friday in 2007, a film on the 1993 Bombay Bombing. Though its release was barred by India's censor board for two years, it eventually released and got positive reviews. After this there was no stopping, Anurag gave some great movies at the box-office including, Dev.D and Gulaal. Anurag, an ace directed and screenwriter also has two production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films and Phantom Films who had fantastic first feature films, Udaan (2010) and Lootera (201)3 respectively. Sweeping through awards, Anurag once experimented mainstream cinema which did not work for him with Karan Johar, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the disastrous 2015 flop film, Bombay Velvet. Soon coming back to what he’s best at, Anurag gave two commercially successful films, Hunterrr, NH10 and the critically acclaimed Masaan in the very same year. Not to forget, 2016 critically acclaimed film Raman Raghav 2.0 which is based on the serial killer Raman Raghav portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. With so many great works most of his films fail to enter the 100 crore club movies but still manage to get great reviews by the critics and audience.
Talking about his most recent work Mukkabaaz, is an Indian sports drama film which captures the perfect scenario when it comes to the sports authority of India. This movie brings Anurag Kashyap and Aanand L. Rai together, and be assured it is one of those story which will stay with you longer than you expected. With great reviews from the audience and critics, the movie is still running slow with just 4.85 crore at the box office. Based on the true story of Narsingh Pancham Yadav, who was accused of doping. To bring the ‘Anurag factor’, Kashyap sent his second unit director Saqib Pandor, to record boxing tournaments on camera and the state tournament shown in the film is recreation of actual tournaments they had recorded on camera. Moreover, Anurag instructed Shravan to train himself like a hardcore boxer, not just the 'filmi training'. There are NO boxing choreographers, action directors in the film. Shravan was trained for a year by a coach, Anudeep Singh, who was coaching people for free and runs a garage for money.
So it proves that Kashyap is ready to go to any length to bring out the raw and relatable factor from his film. He is the master behind camera and with Akira, we also saw his amazing persona on screen as well. It’s good to know that Anurag is willingly different from the rest of the directors, because such eye-opening movies are also necessary for the audience to see.