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Anurag Basu
Also known as:Anurag Bose
Occupation:Director • Screenplay • Actor • Writer • Producer
Born:May 8, 1974
Birthplace:Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
Spouse:Tani Basu
With movies like Life In A Metro, Gangster, and Barfi! to his credit, Anurag Basu is easily one of Indian cinema`s most sought after directors. He first ventured into the entertainment industry in his mid-twenties, where he worked as an assistant director on the television series Tara in 1996, directing over 70 of its episodes. He then went on to collaborate with Balaji Telefilms, directing the production house`s daily soap Koshish ...Ek Aashaa in 2000, following which he directed the pilot episodes of shows such as Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and Kasautii Zindagii Kay.

Stepping foot in the film industry, Basu first was roped in to direct the 2003 slasher movie Kuchh To Hai, which he left mid-way and had to later be directed by Anil V. Kumar. Collaborating with Vishesh Films, Basu directed the John Abraham and Tara Sharma-starrer Saaya, which was panned by the critics. It was his next directorial outing, Murder, that garnered him immense praise and acclaim, despite the `A` certification and sexual content, which was a rather unusual for the Indian audience, at the time of its release in 2004.

Riding high on the success of Murder, Basu next directed Gangster, which marked the debut of Kangana Ranaut. The movie was extremely well-received and the music became a huge hit. One of Anurag`s most prominent work continues to remain the Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D`cruz-starrer Barfi!, which follows the life of a deaf and mute boy and his relationship with an autistic girl. The performances were received with rave reviews, winning it global acclaim at film festivals. Reuniting with Ranbir Kapoor, Basu directed the adventure musical Jagga Jasoos, which also marks Kapoor`s debut as a producer, in 2017.
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Mahesh Bhatt
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Anurag Kashyap
Imtiaz Ali
Tani Basu
Ahana Basu
Ishana basu
Deepshikha Basu
Subrato Basu
Abhishek Basu
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Aashiqui 3
Metro In Dino
Jagga Jasoos
I Am
Life In A Metro

Did You Know? (6)

  • Director Anurag Basu worked as an assistant director on the hit TV show Tara (1993-1997).
  • Director Anurag Basu wanted to become an engineer and was also enrolled in a college. However, he later chose to pursue BSc (Bachelor of Science).
  • Before becoming a feature film director, Anurag Basu directed the TV show Koshish Ek Asha produced by Balaji Telefilms.
  • Director Anurag Basu was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia in 2004.
  • Anurag Basu was initially chosen to direct the movie Kuch Toh Hai (2003). However, after the shoot began he opted out of the movie and then the direction was taken over by Anil V. Kumar.
  • In the song 'Galti Se Mistake' from the movie Jagga Jasoos, Ranbir Kapoor rips off the clothes of a bearded man. The man is none other than the director of the movie, Anurag Basu.
  • Personal Quotes (6)

  • "I think we give too much importance to words in our cinema."
  • "I used to write my plays and would stand outside film sets asking for work to become an assistant director."
  • "The rickshawallahs also have the right to be entertained."
  • "Dance is an emotion. If dancer feels the dance I also feel it as a viewer."
  • "I consider myself an adventurer. I love not to take the safe routes because they are the most unsafe ones."
  • "I am just bothered about what is being captured in my camera for the scene. Before and after situation, is not my concern."
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