15 Best Anurag Kashyap Movies and Where to Watch Them

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Anurag Kashyap needs no introduction as he has cemented himself as one of the most globally renowned filmmakers from India. With multiple movies being screened at Cannes and opening up the Indian Netflix space with the drama series Sacred Games, Kashyap continues to experiment over the decades. He has definitely come a long way as a screenwriter and director considering that his debut film Paanch was denied a release by the censor board.

But Kashyap has flirted with controversy time and again, thanks to the extreme violence and explicit language that adorn most of his filmography. And yet none of this gritty content is used for shock value. Be it with Black Friday or Dev.D or No Smoking, Kashyap has subverted mainstream Bollywood with unabashedly bold artistic experiments.

A Master of Indian Crime

Starting out as a writer and assistant director under crime genre veteran Ram Gopal Varma, Kashyap’s destiny lay with the crime genre. While Gangs of Wasseypur duology found him exploring real-world gang wars of India’s coal-mining regions, Black Friday 

details the police investigation that followed the 1993 terrorist bomb blasts in Mumbai. He has succeded in creating some morally grey heroes (and antiheroes) in neo-noirs like Ugly, Raman Raghav 2.0, and his most recent effort Kennedy (which still awaits an Indian theatrical release as of now). 

In each of these cases, Kashyap gets drawn from actual crime cases and tries to dig deeper into the mentality of the criminals as well as the authorities. This results in some of the most nuanced crime thrillers and character studies in contemporary Indian cinema.

Surrealist Bollywood experiments

Merely stereotyping Anurag Kashyap as an arthouse director will be redundant to his multi-genre work. But still, it’s undeniable that Kashyap was toying around with surrealism at a time when it wasn’t that mainstream in Bollywood. This would explain some of his movies that were unanimously considered to be too ahead of their times.

A prime example is No Smoking which starred John Abraham in one of his most unconventional roles as a nicotine-addicted insomaniac who goes down a cerebral path of deaddiction. The Kafkaesque thriller also proves how Kashyap gets inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. No Smoking is an adaptation of Quitters Inc, one of Stephen King’s lesser-known short stories.

Dev.D, Kashyap’s tragicomic take on the classic Hindi novel Devdas, similarly offered a bizarrely fresh take on the tale of a self-destructive, heartbroken drunkard. The Abhay Deol-starrer doesn’t just showcase Kashyap’s tendency to create unforgettable brutes for heroes but also his ability to experiment with music. Amit Trivedi’s psychedelic soundtrack for Dev.D, complete with the strange breakdance routines that accompany it, was equally influential in making it a cult classic.

Why Gangs of Wasseypur is Anurag Kashyap’s best movie?

Released in two parts but conceived as a single entity, Gangs of Wasseypur is quintessential Kashyap. The premise of warring factions in the titular North Indian town could have been formulaic but in Kashyap’s hands, it turns into a compelling family saga that has a fair balance of jarring violence and chuckle-worthy humour. Offering career-best performances from Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Gangs of Wasseypur struck a chord between the most mainstream Bollywood audiences as well as the niche film festival crowds. Forget everyone, even Kashyap’s own idol Martin Scorsese loved it!

Where can you stream Anuraug Kashyap’s filmography?

Some of Anurag Kashyap’s movies like the pandemic thriller Choked and his segments for Lust Stories and Ghost Stories are Netflix originals while some others can be streamed on Lionsgate Play and ZEE5.

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  1. Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1

    #1

    In 1970s India, Sardar Khan vows to take revenge on the man who killed his father decades earlier.

  2. Black Friday

    Black Friday

    2004

    IMDB 8.4 (22k)

    #2

    Bombs tear through Bombay in 1993, wreaking havoc and polarising the citizens. With perpetrators at large, the state launches a massive man-hunt to unmask the perpetrators behind these events.

  3. Dev.D

    Dev.D

    2009

    IMDB 7.9 (32k)

    #3

    Because they come from different castes, the son of a tax collector and his true love are not allowed to marry, sending them down divergent paths.

  4. Ugly

    Ugly

    2013

    IMDB 7.9 (23k)

    #4

    A team of the best cops in Mumbai is dispatched to find a girl who has gone missing from her father's car. As the hunt for the kidnapper begins, fingers suspiciously point to closer home.

  5. Mukkabaaz

    Mukkabaaz

    2018

    IMDB 8.0 (8k)

    #5

    A low caste boxer, Shravan, trains at a gym controlled by a local Don, Mishra. Shravan falls for Mishra's niece, Sunaina. Mishra does not approve of this match. Shravan strives to win Sunaina's hand in marriage and become a successful boxer while trying to avoid retaliation from Mishra.

  6. No Smoking

    No Smoking

    2007

    IMDB 7.3 (9k)

    #6

    A heavily addicted smoker is unprepared for the true price he must pay when he asks a guru's help to kick the habit.

  7. Raman Raghav 2.0

    Raman Raghav 2.0

    2016

    IMDB 7.4 (14k)

    #7

    A corrupt cop and a serial killer obsessed with a psychopath from the '60s get caught up in a ruthless cat-and-mouse game.

  8. That Girl in Yellow Boots

    #8

    An Anglo-Indian woman works in a seedy Mumbai massage parlor while trying to find her long-lost father.

  9. Bombay Talkies

    Bombay Talkies

    2013

    IMDB 6.6 (5k)

    #9

    One hundred years of Hindi cinema is celebrated in four short stories showcasing the power of film.

  10. Manmarziyaan

    Manmarziyaan

    2018

    IMDB 6.9 (9k)

    #10

    A spirited girl finds herself caught in a complicated love triangle while burdened with societal and familial pressures.

  11. Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai

    #11

    A bank employee weighed down by her jobless husband's debts - and her own broken dreams - finds a secret source of seemingly unlimited cash in her home.

  12. Dobaaraa

    Dobaaraa

    2022

    IMDB 4.8 (20k)

    #12

    A woman gets an opportunity to save the life of a 12-year old boy who witnessed a death during a thunderstorm which happened 25 years ago, by getting connected through the television set during a similar storm in the present.

  13. Ghost Stories

    #13

    An anthology of four short horror tales.

  14. Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat

    #14

    In pursuit of forbidden love, two young couples from different worlds find their lives entangled as rebellion and intolerance collide in dual stories.

  15. Lust Stories

    Lust Stories

    2018

    IMDB 6.4 (13k)

    #15

    An anthology of four stories that sheds light on modern relationships from the viewpoint of the Indian woman.