you know know me well, you know how much I adore Anurag Kashyap. Unarguably the
greatest Indian director working today, The director who does everything all
other Bollywood director’s don’t do. Inspiration can be clearly seen from
legends like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino etc. in his
films. The best thing about him is he takes inspiration from other forms of
cinema, but his movies always have the Indian touch, while almost all of the
Bollywood is showcasing the city life of India in their films, he is one of
those director’s who more focuses on urban life.
first film never got released, till date it hasn’t had official release. Thanks
to Indian Censor’s who thought the film was too violent. Well, this is a big
problem in India, but that does not affect Kashyap. This film is a flawed film,
as being his first, and made in extremely low-budget. Inspired at bit’s from
Fight Club, but it is inspired from a real event. This is far from his very
best. But still better then couple of his films.
killing of the man in his own house.
to PAANCH, Black Friday didn’t got it’s release until 3 years after it was
planned to be released. Official release it got in 2007. This still arguably
known as his best work. This film literally changed the modern Bollywood. It
had such an impact on audiences and filmmakers. No film had shows the true
event’s like this did in Bollywood. Using all the real names, right from
notorious gangster’s like DAWOOD IBRAHIM. Danny Boyle himself stated that this
was an inspiration for him to make SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This is Kashyap’s most
personal and honest work.
Khan’s struggle (the whole montage) with the epic song “Bhaaram Bham Ke”.
box-office disaster, but it was un justice, as this film was way ahead of it’s
time. Tough, movie not earning movie has never affected Kashyap, but No Smoking
really deserved more love back then. Inspired by David Lynch style of
filmmaking, this might the most experimental film of Anurag Kashyap. It
certainly is an extra-ordinary film,
which is far ahead of Indian
RATING: B +
was 8 year old when this used to come on television, and I always watched it,
for me this and Finding Nemo were the two animated films to watch whenever they
come, I’m sure we all have that animated film in our childhood. Back then, I
didn’t knew it was directed by him, this is one of the very best animated
films, and certainly not a cinema Kashyap would again do. It is the most
different film in his filmography.
RATING: C +
DEV D (2009)
movie by which Kashyap was stated as one of the best director’s in Bollywood. A
unique love story, tough I’m not a big fan of love-stories and certainly not
the Bollywood one’s but DEV D is at most the only one I love. It is based on
the famous novel but set in contemporary India. That itself is a unique idea.
Told in Pulp Fiction method, in three different stories of three different
character’s. The use of music in the film is like no other Kashyap film. If you
want to learn how to use music in the film, this might be one of the finest
montage with drugs and song.
RATING: A -
month had past since DEV D was released and then came another Kashyap film,
this time he choose the genre, at what he is best at, Crime-Drama. This is one
of his most powerful films, by this film, it was clear that no one makes
crime-drama’s like Kashyap does. It has followed the cult following more than
any other Kashyap film. The lyrics of the film had such an deepfull and
meaningfull lines, it shows the darker side of politics like no other film
montage with the song “Koon ke barish”. Kashyap really knows how to make an
RATING: A -
THAT GIRL IN
YELLOW BOOTS (2011)
film that got 4/4 starts from Roger Ebert himself, tough it is surely one of
his weakest film, with a thin plot line and some flaws. But the ending, and the
scene in Kalki Kochein house with when men comes in her house and ask for
money, that scene is really powerful and showcases the fabulous writing of
in Kalki Kochlin’s house asking for money.
RATING: B -
it comes. His magnum opus, this film is In my top 5 of all time, does it need
more explanation. Tough picking one favourite Kashyap film atleast for me is
very difficult, it is always between this and Black Friday to the least, but I
always tend to give this one slight edge. The epic tale which goes right from
1940’s to 2000’s. It was Kashyap’s first film to premier at CANNES DIRECTOR’S
FORTNIGHT section and certainly not the last. I think, I will just leave here, it
breaks all the rule’s of a Bollywood film, it is 5 hour long, has no big names
in it, it is violent, it is full of abusive language, but it has everything in
it. Right from crime to revenge to friendship to romance, this film has been
given 4/4 on Roger Ebert’s site, is in IMDB top 250, and has been showered with
the love of Martin Scorsese.
hard to pick one, I love the whole film, but it has to be the one when Sardar
Khan kills the phelwan in the streets of wasseypur, the one long take.
film that Kashyap stated as his biggest accomplishment, along with Black Friday
in an interview. It also went to Cannes Director’s Fortnight section, as
Kashyap gave back to back two masterpieces in two years. Inspired by Fargo
& Cache in terms of storytelling is really more about something else, then
what you see. It is inspired by true event’s, and it such a dark and complex
film. It is Kashyap’s most mature work, it shows the ugliness of the human
society. Ugly is a film, which is as fresh as it is on the first watch, it is
the film which may need couple of viewings, to fully appreciate it.
police station scene.
as his weakest film, and in many ways it is. But it is certainly better then a
lot of other Bollywood films. That is what special is about Kashyap. I think
this got a lot of unwanted hate, it isn’t
a great film, but not an awfully bad film, it has flaws and some thin writing
at moments, while all other films strength has been his writing. This is his
most ambitious work, and it certainly was, but it dosen’t come near to his best
work, but is still quite enjoyable.
shootout in bar.
RATING: C +
latest film, also went again too Cannes in the same section like the other two.
This film is character driven, an engrossing thriller, which is excellent right
from start to end. This is certainly one of my favourites of 2016, one of the
finest serial killer films, I’ve seen in recent times. The performances are absolutely
just brilliant, especially Nawazuddin Sidiqui. It failed to impress a small
portion of critics and audience, but then again it’s Indian mentality, I think
after the failure of Bombay Velvet, he showcased all his anger in this film, and crafted one of
his very best films. A dark, griddy, complex, thriller.
chapter “The Sister”.
Rating: A -
Now, here is
the ranking of all his films-
Friday (A +)
3.Ugly (A +)
Raghav 2.0 (A-)
In Yellow Boots (B-)
you enjoyed, my first director’s retrospective. These would be coming more in
the future. Please, check his work out, a director who I have been praising for a long time, and
probably will forever!