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On Anurag Kashyap’s Birthday, Let’s Take A Look At 5 Of His Most Unabashed Films

Mahima Maniar

September 10, 2020

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On his birthday today, we bring you a list of 5 gritty and insightful films from the great director that you can watch on ZEE5!

Cinema, through director and actor Anurag Kashyap’s lens, has changed the paradigm of the Bollywood industry. His brand of rustic movies is rife with noir and gory elements, showcasing the grim realities of society. Kashyap has, time and again, twisted the stereotypical tropes of mainstream Bollywood storytelling into terrific thrillers. Breaking the monotony of romantic clichés, Anurag portrays sarcastic depictions of India’s political and social underbelly. His films often reflect a tinge of his own complicated personal life.

Also a writer and producer, Anurag Kashyap is known for his out-of-the-box thinking. With movies like No Smoking, he has played an enormous role in changing the movie narrative. Here are five of his nerve-racking films, available on ZEE5.

1. Ugly

An epitome of thriller, Ugly gives a brutal insight into the human psyche. Revolving around the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl, the movie highlights the tiresome interrogation at every police station that goes in vain, the deceptive nature of mankind and their conflicted ties.

2. Raman Raghav 2.0

Inspired by an infamous serial killer, Raman Raghav 2.0 is an eerie psychological thriller that will leave you with an uncomfortable queasy feeling. An exceptionally scary performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal, Anurag Kashyap does what he is best at… leaving the viewers high and dry.

3. Manmarziyaan

Anurag’s take on a love story in Manmarziyaan is as complicated in its demeanour as any of his other films. Thanks to Amit Trivedi’s beautiful music that touches the right chords, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Abhishek Bachchan’s superb acting, Kashyap’s movie weaves a new-age romance which gives a mature definition to a love triangle.

4. Mukkabaaz

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A story not about a boxer (Mukkebaaz), but about a fighter (Mukkabaaz), is hell-bent on presenting a narrative on the muck of corruption and casteism that is so prevalent in our society. Director Anurag Kashyap, in his first sports-centric film, intertwines the story with a love angle. A robust tale on the hardships a boxer has to face against those who are in the higher echelons is a must-watch.

5. Saand Ki Aankh

Produced by Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar, Saand Ki Aankh is shouldered by Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu as two grandmothers who break away from the patriarchal chains and establish themselves as sharpshooters. An underdog story of suppressed women with colossal potential, Tushar Hiranandani’s directorial debut was a major success.

Looking forward to more gritty and insightful films from this tactful director, we wish Anurag Kashyap a very Happy Birthday!

Watch all Anurag Kashyap’s films on ZEE5.

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