Anurag Kashyap is one of the most talented directors in the history of Bollywood. The kind of movies he makes have assimilated the concept of “art films” into mainstream cinema and the actors of such films have started receiving superstar status. While Anurag Kashyap has equally shined in the shoes of an actor, a writer, and a producer, these are some of the best Anurag Kashyap movies that prove his brilliance as a director! Here’s a list of 15 must-watch Anurag Kashyap movies that you need to watch if you haven’t already.
1. Gangs of Wasseypur
This gem of a movie by Kashyap brought about a change in the way cinema was created and perceived by the audience. An ensemble cast comprising little-known but extremely talented actors, hard-to-forget characters, a gripping plot, and dialogues that resonate in the populace even after so many years of the release of this movie. That’s the definition of brilliance that you just read.
2. Gangs of Wasseypur 2
Even more awesome than the first installment, the second part exceeds all expectations. The characters, the songs, the dialogues, all of them better than the first movie. This crime drama movie, filled with dark humour, is the best revenge story you can ever witness on screen.
3. Dev D
There have been a lot of adaptations of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s famous Bangla novel Devdas. From Bimal Roy to Bhansali, all of these adaptations have been exceptional. But this contemporary adaptation stands out as the bravest and the finest. This movie indeed is a cult classic.
4. Black Friday
This 2004 movie revolves around the tragic aftermath of the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts and the subsequent efforts of the police to catch the perpetrators. The movie is realistic, almost to the point that it feels like a documentary, and is a quite brave and bold presentation of the events.
Bhagwan Das Mishra, the head of a boxing federation, stands in the way of the success of an aspiring boxer named Shravan. Things get complicated when Shravan and Mishra’s niece, Sunaina, fall for each other. Yes, it is a romantic film, but the presentation is so raw and real that it’ll make you forget the dreamy lands of YRF romances.
Basically, the plot is almost the same as the one of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam but ten times crazier, more passionate, and realistic. The story is heart-touching, the characters are relatable, the music is phenomenal, and the overall execution is brilliant.
Anurag Kashyap surely loves revenge stories. In this socio-political drama, Dilip, who was assaulted and abused as a young law student, enters into the dirty world of politics with revenge on his mind.
8. No Smoking
This Anurag Kashyap psychological thriller is so damn underrated. Suppose you walk into a rehabilitation center to help you quit smoking but they threaten to kill your entire family if you ever dare to smoke again. Absolute chills!
9. Raman Raghav 2.0
When Mumbai was still Bombay, there lived a man who had terrorized the northern suburbs of the city. He ruthlessly killed people, including children, with a baton, smashing their skulls and breaking their jaws. This Anurag Kashyap movie is the story of the serial killer Raman Raghav and his reign of terror.
10. The Girl in Yellow Boots
Beyond imagination, beyond accepted tropes and beaten stories, this dark thriller is a treat to watch. An Anglo-Indian woman named Ruth arrives in India to look for her father Divakar. The performances of the actors are brilliant and the cinematography is exceptional.
What if you find an unlimited source of money right in your house? Something similar happens to Sarita, who was previously struggling with the insurmountable debts of her husband. The film is a tad light-hearted than the usual Anurag Kashyap movies.
When a little girl goes missing, her father and stepfather start accusing each other of kidnapping her. You’ll literally be on the edge of your seat, biting your nails while watching this gripping thriller.
13. Bombay Talkies
It is an anthology of four short movies, directed by four brilliant directors, that was made to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. His segment of the movie follows a die-hard fan of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and his attempt to get just a glimpse of the revered actor.
14. That Day After Everyday
This is a hard-hitting short film that was created by Kashyap for the ‘Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films’. Just the first minute into the movie and you’ll get what it is about. The message is so in-your-face. A movie about eve-teasing had never been so impactful.
15. Last Train to Mahakali
Most people don’t know about this gem of a movie as it was made for Star Plus as a telefilm back in 1999. In this psychological thriller, a journalist interviews a doctor who is convicted when one of his ‘human’ subjects of experimentation went missing. He claimed to have invented a medicine that can cure any disease caused by a virus and searched for humans on the street at night to become his test subjects.
So, these were some of the best Anurag Kashyap movies that you must watch. Which of these gems is your favourite? Do let us know in the comments section.