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Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, where his father worked for the state electricity board. He grew up in several cities, including Varanasi, Saharanpur. He did his early schooling in Dehradun, and age eight onwards, at the Scindia School in Gwalior.

He was fascinated with films right from childhood, and even at age five, would watch Hindi films like Kora Kagaz and Aandhi at a nearby film club and open-air theater. This came to an end once he began his schooling.

As a director, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Bombay bombings, followed by No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009) and Gulaal (2009). As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award-winning Satya (1998) and the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film Water (2005).

In 1999, Kashyap won the Best Screenplay award for Satya at the Star Screen Awards. The next year, his short film Last Train to Mahakali won the Special Jury Award at the same awards. His feature film debut Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (2005), and was a nominee for the Golden Leopard (Best Film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival (2004). Recently, he announced his association with Tumbhi where he and his team will make 6 short films for Tumbhi and start his blog with them as well.(2010).

In September 1993, while Kashyap stayed at the St. Xavier’s Boys Hostel, he used to hang out with the members of a band—Greek (later Pralay). He took copious notes on how they lead their lives—forty pages of a small notebook, and began writing the script—”in bits and pieces”—for a film that he called Mirage but which would later become Paanch. Kashyap had seen ex-VJ Luke Kenny in a Vikram Kapadia play, and approached him with an incomplete script, but nothing came out of it. Later on, while working with Nair, he came across files related to the Joshi-Abhyankar Serial Murders that took place in Pune in 1976.


Gulal, DevD & That Girl in Yellow Boots



Black Friday (2004)
No Smoking (2007)
Return of Hanuman (2007)
Dev D (2009)
Gulaal (2009)
That Girl in Yellow Boots (in post-production)


Satya (1998)
Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)
Yuva (2004)
Black Friday (2004)
Water (2005)
Meridian Lines (2007)
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007)
Dev D (2009)
Gulaal (2009)


Udaan (2010)


Black Friday (2004) ISI Man
No Smoking (2007) Man on right of John Abraham in lift at the start of song “Jabbhi cigarette jalti hai”
Luck by Chance (2009) Writer (as himself)
Dev.D (2009) The Guy who is leaving from Chanda’s place when Dev enters.
Gulaal (2009) Guest at election win party
I Am (2010)