Anurag Basu

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Anurag Basu
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BornBhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
EthnicityBengali Hindu
OccupationDirector, writer
Years active1993 – present
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Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu.jpg
BornBhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
EthnicityBengali Hindu
OccupationDirector, writer
Years active1993 – present

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[1] such as Life in a... Metro, Kites, Gangster and Murder. He began his directing career in television, moving to feature films in 2002.

Early life[edit]

Basu was born into an upper-middle-class Bengali Kayastha family in Bhilai. His parents, Subrato and Deepshikha, 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. [2][3] 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.[4]



Basu was in his mid-twenties when he began his television career as an assistant director on Tara, directing about 70 episodes.[5] 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[6] in 2001 and 2002. He directed the TV series Miit (based on the novel Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore) and Manzilien Apni Apni.[7] 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.


Basu made his directorial film debut in 2003 with the slasher film Kucch To Hai, starring Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol and Anita Hassanandani. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor, with whom he had worked on Koshish ...Ek Aashaa. Basu left the film midway through production, replaced by Anil V. Kumar took charge; it failed commercially[8] and critically.[9]

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.[10]

Two women in dresses and three casually-dressed men, standing
Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana Dcruz and Siddharth Roy Kapur at Barfi! promotion

Basu's third film was 2004's Murder. The film dealt with adultery and contained sex scenes, unusual for Indian cinema. Despite its "A" certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification. It was well received by critics, who appreciated performances by Mallika Sherawat, Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel.[11] Basu's next movie was Gangster, in which he first collaborated with Pritam (who later scored Life in a... Metro). He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2004,[12] halfway through Tumsa Nahin Dekha. Basu was immediately hospitalised, directing parts of the film from his hospital bed. He gave instructions by dictaphone for camera angles and script changes, with Mahesh Bhatt and Mohit Suri completing the film[13] while the director underwent chemotherapy.

His next film was 2010's Kites, starred Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut.

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.[14] 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,[15] and was the third-highest-grossing film that year.[16]

He reportedly planned a thriller film for release in October 2013,[17] produced by Basu and Ranbir Kapoor's new production company (Picture Shuru Entertainment). Reportedly titled Jagga Jaasoos, Kapoor,[18] Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif[19][20] and Alia Bhatt[21] were under consideration for lead roles.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Basu is married to Tani Basu and has two daughters, Ishana (b. 2004) and Ahana (b. 2007).




  1. ^ Mazumdar, Suruchi (14 March 2008). "Anurag Basu to direct Hrithik Roshan". Screen. 
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  3. ^ "I blame myself for my father's death: Anurag Basu - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  4. ^ "I blame myself for my father's death: Anurag Basu - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Script motivates me". 13 July 2001. 
  6. ^ "KBC's tail whiplashes Zee prime time". Financial Express. 9 November 2000. 
  7. ^ "A classic re-told". The Tribune (India). 16 March 2001. 
  8. ^ "Kucch To Hai Box Office collections". 2003. 
  9. ^ Adarsh, Taran (24 January 2003). "Kucch To Hai review". 
  10. ^ Adarsh, Taran (4 July 2003). "Saaya review". 
  11. ^ Adarsh, Taran (1 April 2004). "Murder review". 
  12. ^ "What they don't tell you about cancer". Times of India. 10 June 2007. 
  13. ^ "Could Gangster be another Murder?". 5 April 2006. 
  14. ^ "Ranbir-Priyanka's BARFI! receives standing ovation at Busan Film Festival". Yahoo! News India. 12 October 2012. 
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  16. ^ The Wall Street Journal |url= missing title (help). 
  17. ^ ENS (10 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor to romance Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt in Jagga Jasoos". Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  18. ^ staff (6 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor smiles all the way to the bank, charges Rs. 15 crore for Besharam". India Today. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  19. ^ TNN (7 August 2013). "Will Priyanka, Ranbir recreate their 'Barfi!' magic in 'Jagga Jasoos'?". Times of India. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  20. ^ staff (20 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor to Romance Katrina Kaif in 'Jagga Jasoos' ?". IBTimes. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  21. ^ staff (6 August 2013). "Alia Bhatt To Be Paired With Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos?". Koimoi. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  22. ^ staff (7 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor’s 'Jagga Jaasoos' to Star Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt?". IBTimes. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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