Every Anurag Basu Movie Ranked (And Where to Watch Them)

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Anurag Basu didn’t have the best start in Bollywood when he directed the 2003 slasher Kucch To Hai. But since his largely-forgotten debut, Basu has established in multiple genres ranging from crime dramas to romantic comedies.

If you are intent on checking out the filmography of the Barfi, Life…in a Metro , and Ludo director, here’s a definitive ranking of his best movies and a guide to where to watch them all.

From Murder to Ludo: Which Anurag Basu movies should I watch first? 

Anurag Basu’s directing career began in 2003 with the supernatural slasher Kuchh To Hai with the John Abraham-led fantasy romantic thriller Saaya. But it’s perhaps best that you watch them both in the end as they are far from his best works.

Basu’s career later progressed with the Mahesh Bhatt-produced thrillers Murder and Gangster. Both movies garnered cult fanbases in their time. A remake of the American erotic thriller Unfaithful, Murder explored infidelity with iconic performances by Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat. The 2004 hit went on to spawn the Murder franchise with many spiritual sequels.

Gangster reunited Basu with Hashmi and starred actress Kangana Ranaut (in her screen debut). The tragic love story revolved around a woman caught between a singer and a gangster ex-lover. But in terms of longevity, Basu’s next movie has enjoyed a better reputation.

Life…in a Metro is a 2007 romantic anthology that boasted an ensemble cast including the late Irffan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Dharmendra, and many more. Basu could establish his penchant for exploring complicated love stories across different age groups, a trait he would go on to show in his future works.

But perhaps the most essential Anurag Basu movie to watch is his magnum opus (so far) Barfi. The heartwarming romantic comedy offered career-defining performances by Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, later being selected as India’s official Oscar submission for Best International Feature in 2012.

Barfi’s success gave way to another collaboration with Ranbir Kapoor in the form of the adventure thriller Jagga Jasoos. Featuring Kapoor as a teenage detective, the Disney production followed his thrilling Tintin-like adventures across different corners of the world. Largely shunned at the times of its release, Jagga Jasoos still entertains a limited but cult fanbase that is ready to appreciate Basu’s visual flair and narrative ambition. The same perhaps remains true for the Hrithik Roshan-led romantic thriller Kites, another imperfect but promising adventure directed by Basu.

The director’s most recent film found him revisiting the anthology formula with the Netflix original Ludo. With four stories playing out with the unpredictability of the titular board game, Ludo brought Basu back to form. With chuckle-worthy performances by Pankaj Tripathi and Rajkumar Rao, Ludo was a thrilling exploration of crime, love, heartbreak, and the ultimate futility of human life. Often making cameos in his own films, Basu himself had an extended special appearance in Ludo as Yama, the Hindu god of death.

Why is Barfi the best Anurag Basu movie to watch?

Starring Ranbir Kapoor as the titular character, Barfi followed a cheery deaf-mute young man as he accidentally strikes up a romance with the free-spirited autistic girl Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra). But the entry of an elderly woman (Ileana D’Cruz) turns Barfi’s life upside down and an emotional love triangle follows. With Chaplin-esque comedy, adorable romances, and an unexpectedly tragic third act, Barfi endures as Anurag Basu’s best film to watch.

Where can you watch the best Anurag Basu movies?

The list below guides you to the latest streaming information for the best movies directed by Anurag Basu. This includes every offer for viewers in India today.

Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Jio Cinema
Eros Now
Google Play Movies
Sony Liv
Netflix Kids
Tubi TV
Yupp TV
Sun Nxt
Alt Balaji
Hungama Play
Curiosity Stream
Tata Play
MX Player
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
Lionsgate Play
True Story
DocAlliance Films
VI movies and tv
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Amazon Video
Amazon miniTV
AD tv
Shahid VIP
Lionsgate Play Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
Lionsgate Play Amazon Channel
MGM Amazon Channel
  1. Barfi!



    IMDB 8.1 (87k)


    Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

  2. Life in a Metro

    Life in a Metro


    IMDB 7.4 (12k)


    A group of Mumbai up-and-comers search for love and struggle for success in this ensemble drama that centers on an eager young call centre executive.

  3. Ludo



    IMDB 7.6 (37k)


    Ludo is about the butterfly effect and how, despite all the chaos and crowd of the world, all our lives are inextricably connected. From a resurfaced sex tape to a rogue suitcase of money, four wildly different stories overlap at the whims of fate, chance and one eccentric criminal.

  4. Gangster



    IMDB 7.2 (6k)


    An alcoholic barmaid is distraught when her former lover, a notorious gangster, re-enters her life. She is forced to relive painful past experiences and choose between the gangster and a pleasant singer she has found comfort in.

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  5. Murder



    IMDB 5.5 (4k)


    To escape a secure but stifling life with her workaholic husband Sudhir, bored housewife Simran begins an affair with Sunny, an ex-boyfriend from her college days. However, when Sudhir grows suspicious and hires a private detective, the infidelity soon comes to light.

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  6. Jagga Jasoos

    Jagga Jasoos


    IMDB 6.4 (11k)


    A gifted teenage detective searches for his missing father with his ladylove assistant.

  7. Kites



    IMDB 6.0 (13k)


    A wounded man searches for his sweetheart in the Mexican desert while on the run from the police, bounty hunters, and others.

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  8. Saaya



    IMDB 5.7 (1k)


    Tanya is a rich woman who is married to another rich man named Vinod. But their lives change by Vinod's death. Tanya than starts falling in love with a doctor named Akash. But Akash is in love with a woman named Maya and after some time gets married to her. But their marriage does not last long. Because, first Maya leaves him to travel to another part of India to help people who are sick; and then Akash receives news that she is dead. Tanya comes up to console Akash and hopes that he will now love, accept and marry her. But Akash does not do so, as he is still immersed in Maya's memories, and believes that Maya is still alive and calling out to him. Is Akash going out of his mind?

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  9. Kucch To Hai


    Karan is in love with Tanya and has a best friend Tashu who also secretly adores him. The three along with their six friends innocently commit an accident. Weighed down by their own sense of guilt the six drift apart but now, after three years they are brought back together. The unknown avenger has come back and he wants to finish the game and the six do not have any way to escape, no place to hide but to take refuge in the arms of death.

  10. Tumsa Nahin Dekha


    Charming and continually drunk millionaire sees a woman on the street and falls madly in love with her, she works as a striptease dancer and has a mentally handicapped brother. They fall in love, but he unfortunately has to marry someone else.

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