Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap is a famous Indian filmmaker. He is the recipient of several National and Filmfare Awards. Kashyap, who started his career as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma’s crime drama Satya (1998), made his progress from Dev.D (2009). For his contribution to films and cinema, the French government awarded him the Arte des Arts et des Lettres (Night of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013.

Wiki / Biography

Anurag Kashyap was born on 10 September 1972 (Age: 48 years old, as of 2020) In Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father, Prakash Singh, was the chief engineer of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited. Kashyap received his early education at the Green School in Dehradun. When she was 8, she enrolled at Cynthia School in Gwalior.

Childhood photo of Anurag Kashyap

Childhood photo of Anurag Kashyap

He wanted to become a scientist. To pursue his dream of becoming a scientist, he joined Hans Raj College at the University of Delhi. He graduated in 1993 with a degree in zoology. After graduation, he did several street plays. In 1993, he moved to Mumbai for Rs. 5000 in the pocket. When all the money was spent, he slept on the beaches after spending several days on the streets. At times, he stayed at the St. Xavier Orphanage. Somehow, he was able to find works in the Separation Theater, but his first play was not completed by the death of the director.

Physical appearance

  • Height (approximately): 178 cm or 5’11 ”

Anurag Kashyap

Family

Anurag Kashyap was born to Prakash Singh.

Anurag Kashyap with his father

Anurag Kashyap with his father

He has a brother, Abhinav Kashyap, who is also a film director and screenwriter.

Anurag Kashyap with his brother

Anurag Kashyap with his brother

Anupathi Kashyap also helped most of his sisters.

Sister of Anurag Kashyap

Sister of Anurag Kashyap

He married Aarti Bajaj in 2003 and he has been her friend since the early days. He is a film editor and works in his films.

Anurag Kashyap with his ex-wife Aarti Bajaj

Anurag Kashyap with his ex-wife Aarti Bajaj

The couple has a daughter, Alia Kashyap. The couple divorced in 2009.

Anurag Kashyap with his daughter

Anurag Kashyap with his daughter

After divorcing his first wife, Anurag married actress Kalki Kochlin in 2011. But, soon after they got divorced in 2015.

Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Kochlin

Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Kochlin

He has a connection with Supra Shetty who works in media production.

Anurag Kashyap with his girlfriend

Anurag Kashyap with his girlfriend

Industry

In 1995, he accidentally met a man named Pankaj Titoria. Pankaj Titoria introduced him to film director and editor Sivam Nair. At Sivam Nair’s house, Kashyap was mesmerized by the movie ‘Taxi Driver’. In 1997, he wrote the screenplay for Hansel Mehta’s first film ‘Jayate’, which could not be released in theaters. In 1998, actor Manoj Bajpayee suggested his name to director Ram Gopal Varma to write a film.

Anurag Kashyap and Manoj Bajpayee

Anurag Kashyap and Manoj Bajpayee

Ram Gopal Varma hired him after being inspired by the work of ‘Auto Narayan’. At that time, he co-wrote the script for ‘Satya’ with Satrap Shukla. Satya is a hit film which is considered as one of the best films of Indian cinema. In 1999, he wrote the script for ‘Gown’ and the dialogues for ‘Shool’. That same year, he made a short film for television, ‘The Last Train to Mahakali’.

Kashyap made his directorial debut in 2002.Punch. ‘This film is related to the 1976 Joshi-Abhiyankar serial killings. Initially, the film ran into trouble with the Central Film Certification Board. Meanwhile, Kashyap has written dialogues for several films such as Paisa Vasool (2004), Yuva (2004), a Canadian film, Neer (2005), and Main Isa Hi Hoon (2005). Destroyed by the Board and released in 2002 at several film festivals. In 2007, he worked on the film ‘Black Friday’ based on Hussein Jaitley’s book of the same name and was involved in the 1993 Bombay bombings. However, the Mumbai High Court has stayed its release pending the verdict in the bomb blast case. That same year, he remade Stephen King’s short story “Exit” as “No Smoking”. In 2009, he founded his own production company. Anurag Kashyap Pictures. He made his production debut from the hit film ‘Uthan’. Kashyap has produced many films including Shaitan (2011), Chittagong (2012), Ayya (2012). The film was screened at several international film festivals. Roger Ebert, a well-known American film critic, gave 3.5 stars to 4.4.

In 2016, Raman Raghav 2.0, directed by Kashyap, was well received by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In 2018, he worked with co-directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar on ‘Lost Stories’. On June 15, 2018, the film was released on Netflix.

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Anurag Kashyap is also a good actor and appeared in his cameo appearance in many films like Black Friday (2007), Dera Kia Hoka Johnny, Dev.D, Kulal, Bhootnath Returns, Happy New Year, etc. A police officer in the movie ‘Encounter’. In 2011, he became a villain in Dikmanshu Tulia’s ‘Shakirt’. In 2016, he played a corrupt police officer in AR Murugadoss’ film ‘Akira’. In 2018, he also acted in the Tamil film Imaika Nodikal.

Controversies

  • In 2000, the director’s first film ‘Punch’ fell into controversy for its depiction of violent youth.
  • He is often criticized by the media for promoting sex, drugs and abuse in his films.
  • He co-produced the 2016 film ‘Utah Punjab’ with other producers. The film was criticized by the censor board for portraying Punjab in smoking and narcotics.
  • On 19 September 2020, Bollywood actress Payal Ghosh took to Twitter to accuse Anurag Kashyap of sexually abusing her in the #MeToo campaign series. In his tweet, he called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action on the issue. He also mentioned the names of some Bollywood actresses like Huma Qureshi and Richa Chatta and said that they were sexually abused by Kashyap.

Following Payal Ghosh’s tweet, Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women in India, asked for details about the incident through her Twitter account.

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut also supported Payal Ghosh on Twitter.

Anurag Kashyap denied these demands through a series of tweets.

On 21 September 2020, he released his attorney’s statement and decided to pursue the matter legally.

On September 23, Payal Ghosh registered an FIR against Anurag at the Versova police station in Mumbai. In the FIR, Mr. Kashyap was accused of raping himself at a place on Yari Road in Versova in 2013.

  • As of March 2021, the Income Tax Department had a mismatch of Rs. 650 crore after tests on Anurag Kashyap, Thapsi Pannu and Vikas Pahl. The trials were conducted on March 30, 2021 in Mumbai and Pune as part of a tax evasion probe against Phantom Films. According to the IT department. Officials said the production company staff had spent about Rs. 300 crore; In addition, the handling and underestimation of Phantom Films’ stock transactions between film directors and shareholders, amounting to about Rs. 350 crore, cited by the authorities, and the evidence for the cash receipt of the leading actress was Rs. 5 crore was recovered. Opposition parties have strongly condemned the raids, saying the Modi government was acting against those who spoke out against the government’s retaliation and those who supported the farmers’ struggle.

Awards / Honors

  • Screenplay Award for Best Screenplay with Sarab Shukla for Satya (1999)
  • Special Arbitrator Award for the last train to Mahakali (2000)
  • Grand Jury Prize for Black Silver (2007)
  • Best Story and Best Screenplay Award with Vikramaditya Motwane (2011)
  • Government of France Arte des Arts et des Letress (Night of the Order of Arts and Letters) (2013)
  • Yash Bharti Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh (2016)

Favorite things

  • Food (s): Cheese, cereals, fish, chocolate, nespresso
  • Movies (s): Bicycle thieves, Piazza, robber queen, Sahib PV Aur Ghulam
  • Actresses: Marilyn Monroe, Golshift Farahani, Scarlett Johansson

Net worth

In 2018, his net worth is approximately $ 110 million.

Facts

  • He likes to smoke and drink.
    Anurag Kashyap smokes

    Anurag Kashyap smokes

    Anurag Kashyap drinks alcohol

    Anurag Kashyap drinks alcohol

  • After graduating in 1993, she joined the street theater troupe “Jana Natya Munch”. In the same year, he attended the International Film Festival and watched 55 films in 10 days. Vittorio de Sica’s ‘Bicycle Thieves’ affected him greatly.
  • He is considered a teacher and was a pioneer of indie scenes in India in the early 2000s.
  • Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar wrote about him, “He has a very strong storytelling style and he has proven that you can tell a great story without a lot of money.”
    Anurag Kashyap with Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Tipkar Banerjee

    Anurag Kashyap with Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Tipkar Banerjee

  • One Canadian critic called Cameron Bailey Kashyap “one of the most intelligent filmmakers”.
  • The British director, Danny Boyle praised Kashyap’s direction and copied Kashyap’s film production from some scenes from the Oscar-winning film. Slumdog Millionaire.
  • He has no faith in religion. According to him, “I am a great person. The only religion I believe in is cinema. “
  • Kashyap is a member of the NGO team. ஆங்கன், Helps protect vulnerable children across India.
  • His hobbies include writing, swimming, and listening to music.

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