Anurag Basu is an Indian film, television-advertisement and television director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Basu achieved initial success with his films tackling the themes of passion and adultery such as Life in a... Metro, Kites, Gangster and Murder. He began his directing career in television, moving to feature films in 2002.
Basu was born into an upper-middle-class Bengali Kayastha family in Bhilai. His parents, Subrato Basu and Deepshikha Basu, were award-winning theatrical artists and Basu grew up watching them perform in his father's theatre company (Abhiyaan). He attended BSP Senior Secondary School, Sector IV, spending part of his life in Garia, South Kolkata. Although Basu was admitted to Jabalpur Engineering College, but he quit it after some time.  He received a BSc degree in physics from the University of Mumbai, intending to study cinematography at FTII, Pune; however, during his college years in Mumbai he had an opportunity to assist on a number of levels in TV and film projects. After trying to remain involved with filmmaking, Basu became an assistant director to Raman Kumar on Tara.
Basu was in his mid-twenties when he began his television career as an assistant director on Tara, directing about 70 episodes. He directed television serials, trying genres ranging from daily soaps to thrillers such as Saturday Suspense and Ajeeb Dastaan and horror (X-Zone). Basu's most successful work during this period was the Balaji Telefilms soap Koshish ...Ek Aashaa in 2000 and made pilot episodes of Indian television shows including Kyun ki saans bhi kabhi bahu thi, Kahani ghar ghar ki, Kasouti zindagi ki in 2001 and 2002. He directed the TV series Miit (based on the novel Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore) and Manzilien Apni Apni. Basu has directed many television episodes. In 2000 he received a RAPA Award for Best Director Award from the Radio and TV Advertisers Practitioners Association, followed by an Aashirwad Award for Best Director two years later. Basu returned to television in 2007 to produce and direct the college drama Love Story and hosted the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan (Who Will Be the Biggest Fan) for Zee Bangla in 2010.
He joined Mahesh Bhatt's production company, Vishesh Films, where he directed his next three films. The first was mystery-drama Saaya starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma, which failed at the box office and was panned by critics for its loose screenplay.
Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana Dcruz and Siddharth Roy Kapur at Barfi! promotion
In 2012 Basu's film Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz, opened to largely-positive reviews and was well received at the Busan International Film Festival.Barfi! was selected for the Taipei and Morocco film festivals. It was India's entry for the Academy Awards, which was criticized after Basu was accused of plagiarizing several Hollywood films. and was a box-office hit during its opening week, earning Rs. 586 million, and was the third-highest-grossing film that year.
His thriller film Jagga Jasoos has been shooting in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally planned for a release in 2014, schedule conflicts set back release until May 2015. Produced by Basu and Ranbir Kapoor's new production company (Picture Shuru Entertainment) in association with Disney Studios, actors under consideration were Ranbir Kapoor,Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt were under consideration for lead roles. Filming is underway in Cape Town, and after completion, the film was originally scheduled to release in 2014 but, due to conflicting commitments by the lead actors, the film has been re-scheduled to release on 29 May 2015. Reports from Cape Town were that the real-world romance of leads Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif and occasional arguments between the two caused some delays and resulted in scenes not having the import intended by director Anurag Basu. By 20 March 2014, the director had completed 20 days of filming with his leads and, being unhappy with initial efforts by actor Ranbir Kapoor, intends to use the additional schedule time to re-shoot some scenes.
Basu is married to Tani Basu and has two daughters, Ishana (b. 2004) and Ahana (b. 2007).