Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director and screenwriter. As a director, he is known for 'Black Friday', a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Bombay bombings, followed by 'No Smoking', 'Dev D' and 'Gulaal'. As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award-winning 'Satya' and the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film 'Water'.
In the year 2000, his short film 'Last Train to Mahakali' won the Special Jury Award at the Star Screen Awards. His feature film debut 'Black Friday' won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and was a nominee for the Golden Leopard (Best Film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.
Anurag Kashyap was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, where his father worked for the state electricity board. He grew up in several cities, including Varanasi, Saharanpur, and Obra. He did his early schooling in Dehradun, and at age eight onwards, at the Scindia School in Gwalior.
He was fascinated with films right from childhood, and even at age five, he would watch Hindi films like 'Kora Kagaz' and 'Aandhi' at a nearby film club and open-air theater. This came to an end once he began his schooling.
Due to Kashyap's desire to become a scientist, he went to Delhi for his higher studies and enrolled himself into a zoology course at the Hansraj College (University of Delhi); he graduated in 1993. He had joined a street theater group, Jana Natya Manch; he ended up doing a lot of street plays. The same year, a couple of friends introduced him to world cinema; they urged him to catch a De Sica retrospective at the International Film Festival of India. In ten days, he ended up seeing a total of 55 films at the festival, and 'De Sica's Bicycle Thieves' was the film that influenced him the most.
Anurag has made award winning films like Satya, Dev D, Gulaal, Udaan, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2 and many more.