Anurag Basu is a Bollywood and Indian director/writer who has made some of the most critically acclaimed, box office contenders and biggest movies in that industry. However, he has also made one of the worst, dullest and critiqued movies that have been a fail in the box office.
A TV Director – Anurag Basu
But actually, he started as a TV director. The first one he directed was Tara in 1993, which later became one of the most famous TV series in India, for which he won a lot of recognition for being able to hold up a wonderful soap opera.
Then, he went to another TV series called Koshish Ek Aasha in 1997 in order to later direct his last TV series called Miit in 2002. Both these series were not as good as his first one but eventually gave him enough experience to become one of the best directors in the industry.
He made his directorial debut in film in 2003, with the great slasher film and horribly critiqued Kucch Toh Hai. This movie was portrayed by the actors Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol, and Anita Hassanandani. However, the movie wasn’t a success at the box office, and neither was it known too much on Bollywood. But in general, this movie gave him enough bravery to keep going with films, something he kept doing.
His second film was named Saaya in 2003 also, it was a supernatural movie about a doctor who communicates with the dead, and which the main purpose of the movie was to communicate with his dead wife. It was portrayed by John Abraham and Tara Sharma.
This movie wasn’t a success either, but at least could give him a little more critical acclaim, which he used to keep going as a film director and follow his dream.
That’s why he eventually made Murder in 2004, a kind of remake of the old Unfaithful. This movie was finally the first one to give Anurag a wonderful box office success and more critical acclaim. Alongside Emraan Hashmi and Malika Sherawat, this movie was a big hit, especially for its wonderful soundtrack.
However, after finishing this movie and starting to film his next one, Anurag was diagnosed with leukemia, a rare type of blood cancer. However, Tumsa Nahin Dekhan, the movie he was about to film was later finished by Mohit Suri and Mahest Bhatt, both directors.
Anurag’s Come Back!
After curing his cancer, Anurag came back to the big screen with the wonderful movie Gangster, alongside Emraan Hasmi again, Kangana Ranaut and Shiney Ahuja. The movie was one of his most famous ones, telling the story about Abu Salem’s real father, which eventually hit the screen of many cinemas in India and even Europe.
In 2010 with Kites, one of his latest movies, he tried to do something riskier. By trying to film a whole movie in the USA alongside Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori, he accomplished one of the most entertaining and difficult movies of his career, which main plot was full of romance, drama, thriller and a lot of action. This movie is to this day his most famous internationally, even though it wasn’t critically acclaimed and couldn’t be a hit in box office.
But what really gave Anurag a lot of recognition internationally, was his movie Barfi! A romantic movie about a guy who fell in love with a girl, with lots of comedy and a somehow sad plot.
This movie was so of a success that gave Anurag the opportunity to start filming movies in the USA, but he refused due to having his family in India. This movie won a lot of nominations in the Filmfare Festivals, for Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Director of Music. It eventually won 7 of the 13 nominations it was competing for.
Nowadays, he’s working on his last film called Jagga Jasoos, which will be released in May in India but it’s coming later this year to selected cinemas in the US and parts of Europe.
However, according to Anurag himself, this movie is maybe the funniest and entertaining he has ever made, with lots of romantic comedy and a wonderful young cast who according to him, make this movie a wonderful possibly internationally acclaimed one.
He remains as one of the best directors in India and still holds the title for being a really creative and versatile director in his industry.