10 titles of Anurag Kashyap which mirrored India's issues and contemporary struggles.

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10 titles of Anurag Kashyap which mirrored India's issues and contemporary struggles.
The face of Bollywood changed with the inception of Anurag Kashyap as a director, who has been literally running a parallel industry which is not at all hunky-dory. He revamped the reality of Indian cinema which attracted a huge fan base. His idea of romance is hard-hitting and something a common man will relate in reality than in dreams. Not only his films are different and far from candy floss but his filmmaking style is always lauded with raving reviews. His guerrilla style of shooting is something to look out for. Anurag Kashyap enjoys the darker side of the things. He’s a filmmaker who is interested in violating a person’s sense of being and likes to shake people up and make them restless. As quoted to The Telegraph India. 
 
That being said, if you’ve loved his films then you should catch up with these 10 titles before you venture into his upcoming release “Choked” which follows the story of a middle-class woman who works as a cashier (Saiyami Kher) at a bank finds cash flowing out of her kitchen sink, set in the backdrop of 2016 demonetization. Choked is slated to stream from June 5th, 2020 on Netflix.

 

Dev D (2009)

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Dev D was a film which created a shift in the genre with its dark approach modernizing “Devdas”. This romantic black comedy follows the story set in Punjab and Delhi where familial ties are negotiated by traditional system and marriage is a game of power and honour. The film is split into three parts “Paro”, “Chanda” and “Dev”. And it subtly relates to a few of the most controversial cases in India. For example, Delhi Public School MMS scandal and Sanjeev Nanda hit and run case. The film stars Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill and Kalki Koechlin. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

 

Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)

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This film is inspired by a real-life serial killer of the same name who operated in Mumbai during the 1960s. Initially, Anurag wanted to make this project into a period film but with the failure of Bombay Velvet, he couldn’t find the financing it demanded. Following that he co-wrote this film with Vasan Bala and thus Raman Raghav 2.0. The film unfolds in 8 chapters with the cat and mouse chase of the serial killer and a corrupt cop. The film literally gives you the chills and is one of the darkest among the films of Anurag Kashyap. It faced a hurdle of censor board but overcame with no cuts. Raman Raghav 2.0 has Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the titular role along with Vicky Kaushal. You can catch this dark tale of a serial killer on Zee 5.
 
 
Mukkabaaz (2018)

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It’s a sports drama film which takes a strong dig at the system and the hypocrisies of our society. In our country sportsperson (Cricket being an exception) struggle for respect besides making it to the big league. Mukkabaaz focuses on the grim reality with a blend of love and humor. The film was raved for its impeccable writing and performances. Mukkabaaz starred Vineet Kumar Singh and Jimmy Shergill along with Zoya Hussain. The film is currently streaming on Zee 5.
 
Chhuri – Short Film (2017)

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This short was from the makers of the infamous “Chutney”, another short film. It follows the story of a housewife (Tisca Chopra) who is aware that her husband (Anurag Kashyap) has been cheating on her. But she uses this knowledge to her advantage turns the tables. In this victim becoming a victor short tale, you’ll find a murky approach laced with humour. This short was largely compared with “Chutney” which had a group of housewives discussing their roles in their husband has driven lives. But to me, both are far apart and have their subjects in focus. This short film was directed by Mansi Jain which had Anurag Kashyap in the lead along with Tisca Chopra and Surveen Chawla. This short gives a good insight on Anurag’s acting chops; wish he does more of acting too besides directing. You can catch this short film on Large Short Films official YouTube account. 
 
That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011)
 
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That Girl in Yellow Boots follows the story of Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) who travels to India in search of her father, whom she barely remembers. During this quest, she discovers a devastating truth and while she’s struggling to keep up with it, gets sucked deeper into the city’s underbelly. This film was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, followed by the Venice Film Festival. After doing the rounds of multiple film festivals it had its commercial release in September 2011. If you wish to catch this film, it’s currently streaming on 3 different platforms (Netflix, Voot & MX Player); you can choose which suits you the best.
 
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

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This epic crime saga is a story of gangs and its members fighting over the coal capital of the country. Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Reema Sen, Pankaj Tripathi, Nawazuddin Siddique and many other versatile actors, this series is one of the masterpieces directed by Anurag Kashyap. This series is known for being the actual and exact kind of plot and genre which Anurag is a pro in making. Gangs of Wasseypur is that one series which most of the Indians have watched and loved as well. From 1941 to the present, this series talks about how coals are one of the most important and money-making natural sources of our country. In this business, men are pushed into the gangster business, how ferocious they become. 

 

Gulaal (2009)

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It is highly impossible to find an Anurag Kashyap directorial which doesn’t talk about the brutalities of the society. Gulaal is one of such films which takes you on a tour on topics like politics, ragging, masculinity, caste, betrayal, and last but the least, lust, which play a key role in our society. This film will not leave you so easily and will make you think a lot about what is happening around you. Though it has a dramatic opening, its climax is promising and is worth your time. Starring Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Deepak Dobriyal and others, the film set in the backdrop of Rajasthan. Both the lead actors will enthral you with their performances. 

 

Black Friday (2004)

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This film marks Anurag’s directorial debut. Nobody else than a debutant like him would choose a controversial topic, which will make the get stuck with the censor board or two years. This film is made based on Hussain Zaidi’s novel title Black Friday. It explores the story behind the Bombay bomb blast that happened in 1993. It talks about the hatred between people due to religions, and it is as real as it can get. Anurag doesn’t make films which are time-bound. Could be any day, any time, he makes sure he digs up incidents which have happened decades ago too and makes a film on it. Though it became controversial post-release, Anurag’s name became a brand since then. 

Ugly (2013)

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You can never say which film of Anurag’s can take the top place. Because each film talks about different topics, incidents, societal problems, crimes and a lot more, so it is hard to choose the best. As the name already suggests, this film talks about the ugliest side of a human being, and how ugly one can get. A girl goes missing from her father’scar and the best team of cops in Mumbai are assigned to find her. But it is not so easy to as there are no clues. The twist, in the end, will make you realise what is so ugly about being a human. 


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