Anurag Basu is an Indian film director and writer, known for directing films that tackle the themes of dark passion and adultery like Life in a... Metro, Gangster and Murder. Basu was nominated in the Best Director category at the 53rd Filmfare Awards in 2008 for Life in a... Metro. He has also directed TV serials for Indian channels.
Anurag Basu started his career in the television industry, directing Tara, one of longest running soap operas of the 1990s. He was in his mid-twenties when he started and directed some 70 episodes. He directed more television serials and tried different genres ranging from daily soaps to thrillers such as Saturday Suspense and horror X-Zone. His most successful work during this period was the Balaji Telefilms daily soap Koshish ...Ek Aashaa in 2000, which became one of the top shows on Zee TV.
In 2002, Basu directed the TV series Miit, which was based on the novel Noukadubi, by the Indian poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore.
In 2007, he returned to the television circuit to produce and direct the college-drama Love Story for SAB TV.
In 2010, again he returned to the television circuit, not as a director but as an anchor for the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan. Basu made his directorial debut in 2003 with the slasher film Kucch To Hai, co-directed by Anil V. Kumar and starring Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol, and newcomer Anita Hassanandani. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor, with whom Basu had earlier worked on Koshish ...Ek Aashaa. Although the film was well promoted and had a decent opening at the box office, it failed commercially as well as critically.
After the failure of his first film, Basu joined Mahesh Bhatt's production company, Vishesh Films, where he directed his next four films. The first was a mystery-drama, Saaya, starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma. It was inspired by the 2002 Kevin Costner thriller Dragonfly, but it failed at the box office and was panned by critics for having a loose screenplay.
Basu's third film was 2004's Murder, which was inspired by Adrian Lyne's 2002 film Unfaithful. His next movie, also with Mahesh Bhatt's camp, was titled Gangster. It was critically acclaimed and was financially successful as well.
Anurag Basu's latest movie Kites, starring Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, and Kangna Ranaut was one of the most awaited movies in 2010. This movie, released in May 2010, had one of the biggest openings in Bollywood history and for the year 2010 but failed to live up to its expectations. It was released in 60 countries, performing well overseas.
He later directed the film 'I am' and 'Barfi!', starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The latter was a major hit which went to the Oscar's for his beautiful story and lovely acting by the cast.