The poster boy of indie cinema turns 40 and is celebrating his big day watching films all day at the Toronto International Film Festival
Born on September 10, 1972, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has finally found a place in Bollywood’s big league. His last film Gangs Of Wasseypur not only won him accolades in the international film festival circuit, his two-part revenge saga was appreciated back home as well. Born in Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Kashyap was noticed in Bollywood after Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya (which he had co-written with Saurabh Shukla) became a cult hit. Back then he wanted to be a filmmaker, but apparently his ideas were way ahead of the times. He got a reality check when his debut film, Paanch was banned.
Post Paanch, Kashyap made Black Friday and that too was banned because of the controversial subject. After years of raving and ranting against B-town celebs, Kashyap finally got his first box office success in the form of Dev.D. And overnight he had become one of the most sought after filmmakers. But that didn’t change the enfant terrible that he was deep down inside. He didn’t stop at telling stories that he believed in, but backed many other directors and produced their films.
That resulted in a lot of new talent coming into the industry. Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Gupta, Bejoy Nambiar, Sachin Kundalkar, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kalki Koechlin are some of his most prolific discoveries. Though Bollywood insiders might not like every project that he backs, the fact is that today everybody wants to work with him. This year AK has Aiyyaa, Love Shove Tey Chicken Khurana, Peddlers and Shahid lined up for release. Kashyap has evolved as India’s representative at most of the prestigious international film festivals.
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