7 Films directed by Anurag Kashyap that have influenced the Indian Cinema
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Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film writer, director, producer, and a well-known name when it comes to counting people who have brought necessary changes into contemporary Hindi Cinema. Specifically known for making realistic films that don’t have happy endings, his films can always be seen as grey. An open-ended film with no character being either good or bad, dialogues, an action that is all-organic and natural, and dialogues blunt and absolutely engaging is how you can define Kashyap’s Film. That is what we know as Kashyap Style.
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On his birthday, One World News picks the top 7 films he directed, giving all the best wishes to Anurag Kashyap.
A film giving a solid commentary on the infantile nature of evil, Panch is a cautionary tale. As the title suggests, the film is a story of 5 slackers and revolves around a kidnapping plot. The four of the five slackers planned to kidnap the fifth, Nikhil. Nikhil, being a part of the plot, agrees to get himself kidnapped to extract money from his wealthy father. The film switches between good and evil, becoming interesting to watch.
The recent release of Kashyap, Choked, is one such film that is subtle and with not even a trace of any verbal abuse, which is quite unlikely to find in Kashyap films. Based on the demonetization of Indian currency notes, the film is about a couple. The woman is a bank employee struggling to pay the bills, secretly finding a source of seemingly unlimited cash in her home. Both the characters are incredibly grey, giving audiences all the reason to think and watch.
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An absolute neo-noir style, casting Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, and debutante Sobhita Dhulipala. After what Kashyap calls his biggest failure, Bombay Velvet, the film depicts a serial killer, Ramana, by a corrupt cop, Raghavan. The film has a drama film that premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It is a marvel for multiple reasons, especially for the highly dark character and dialogues given to Ramana, who only walks onto the blacks of the blacks and white on the chessboard.
Like most of Kashyap’s films, crime and thrill are also present in Ugly. The film is gruesome and mysterious. The plot revolves around a struggling actor who has been searching for his daughter after she goes missing. Later, the girl’s stepfather, a policeman, comes into the picture, and both start accusing each other of kidnapping.
A law student from Rajpur, Dilip, gets assaulted and abused by a gang led by Jadhwal. This is how the film starts. To take revenge, he gets embroiled in the dirty world of politics, and the whole plot revolves around it. Although no Kashyap film doesn’t have a subtle comment on politics or system, this film is a special mention. Casting Piyush Mishra and Abhimanyu Singh, the film is out and about Kashyap style.
If dark comedy is the thing you want to watch, this must be your first pick. The narration, gritty and melancholic scenes and looks, and its fair characterization only complement the beauty of Kashyap’s Black Friday. Based on the event of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast, the film revolves around the massive police force that launches a drive to catch the perpetrators.
Gangs of Wasseypur
“Jab Tak Duniya me pikchar banegi log paagal bante rahenge” Agree or not, Ramadhir Singh nails the whole film with this dialogue. To disagree with this, we have Anurag Kashyap’s films that completely redefine Hindi Cinema. This film is what Anurag Kashyap is most known for. The plot is simple and complex at the same time. A complete gangster film, with Manoj Bajpayee clashing with the ruthless coal-mining kingpin (Tigmanshu Dhulia) who killed his father (played by Jaideep Ahlawat).
Anurag Kashyap is a complete package of art, talent, and creativity. He is witty and unabashed; most importantly, he knows his character and representation in society. We take this moment to thank him for making the cinema he has been making.
Edit by Ayushi Mittal