Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu is an Indian reality show-judge, director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He began his directing career in television, moving to feature films in 2002. Basu achieved initial success with his films tackling the themes of passion and adultery[1] such as Life in a... Metro, Kites, Gangster and Murder. Later, he directed comedy-drama films such as the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Barfi!

Anurag Basu
Born8 May 1970 (1970-05-08) (age 49)
EducationB.Sc. Physics
Alma materBSP Senior Secondary School
OccupationFilm director
Film producer
Reality show judge
Television advertiser
Years active1993 – present
Notable work
Life in a... Metro
Spouse(s)Tani Basu
ChildrenIshana (b. 2004)
Ahana (b. 2007)
  • Subrato Bose (father)
  • Deepshikha Bose (mother)
AwardsFilmfare Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards

Early life

Basu was born into an upper-middle-class Bengali family in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. His parents, Subrato Bose and Deepshikha Bose (ex-executives in SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant in Cokeovens and Education department (Organic Chemistry) respectively), were award-winning theatrical artists and Basu grew up watching them performing in his father's theatre company (Abhiyaan). He attended BSP Senior Secondary School, Sector -IV (SSS-IV), Bhilai Steel Plant, Steel Authority of India Ltd. Bhilai, Chhattisgarh (then Madhya Pradesh), spending part of his life in Garia, Sonarpur, South Kolkata.

[2][3] He received a B.Sc. degree in Physics honours. from the University of Mumbai, intending to study cinematography at FTII, Pune; however, during his college years in Mumbai he had an opportunity to assist on a number of levels in TV and film projects. After trying to remain involved with filmmaking, Basu became an assistant director to Raman Kumar on Tara.[4]



Basu was just twenty years old when in mid of 1994 he began his television career as an assistant director on Tara, after six months in the end of 1994 only, he was given full responsibility for directing about 712 episodes.[5] He directed television serials, trying genres ranging from daily soaps to thrillers such as Saturday Suspense and Ajeeb Dastaan, and horror (X-Zone). Basu's most successful work during this period was the Balaji Telefilms soap Koshish ...Ek Aashaa in 2000 and he made pilot episodes of Indian television shows including Kyun ki saans bhi kabhi bahu thi, Kahani ghar ghar ki and Kasouti zindagi ki[6] in 2001 and 2002. He began his own company and initially he produced TV serials for Zee TV and Sony channel. The popular shows of his company were Manzilien Apni Apni, Miit, Thriller at Ten, and Horror Shows on Zee. He himself directed the TV series Miit (based on the novel Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore), Manzilien Apni Apni and all his other series.[7] Basu has directed many television shows. In 2000 he received a RAPA Award for Best Director Award from the Radio and TV Advertisers Practitioners Association, followed by an Aashirwad Award for Best Director two years later. Basu returned to television in 2007 to produce and direct the college drama Love Story and hosted the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan (Who Will Be the Biggest Fan) for Zee Bangla in 2010. Basu started his own film production house, Ishana Movies, in 2007 and the first film of his production company was the 2007 musical drama film Life in a... Metro with co-producer UTV. Currently his series Stories by Rabindranath Tagore is airing on Netflix[8] and EPIC Channel.


From his first job in films as an extra actor (Dalaal 1993) to his first film as director, it was a journey of nearly eleven years.[9] His first film was the mystery-drama Saaya for Mahesh Bhatt's production company, Vishesh Films, starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma, which failed at the box office and was panned by critics for its loose screenplay.[10]

Basu's second film was 2004's Murder. The film dealt with adultery and contained sex scenes, unusual for Indian cinema. Despite its "A" certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, it was well received by critics, who appreciated performances by Mallika Sherawat, Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel.[11] Basu's next movie was Gangster, in which he first collaborated with Pritam (who later scored Life in a... Metro). He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2004,[12] halfway through Tumsa Nahin Dekha. Basu was immediately hospitalised, directing parts of the film from his hospital bed. He gave instructions by dictaphone for camera angles and script changes, with Mahesh Bhatt and Mohit Suri completing the film[13] while the director underwent chemotherapy.

His next film was 2010's Kites, starring Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut.

In 2012 Basu's film Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz, opened to largely-positive reviews and was well received at the Busan International Film Festival.[14] Barfi! was selected for the Taipei and Morocco film festivals. Barfi won the prestigious Grand Jury Award at Okinawa International Film Festival in Japan.[15] It was India's entry for the Academy Awards, but was criticized after Basu was accused of plagiarizing several Hollywood films. It was a box-office hit during its opening week, earning Rs. 586 million,[16] and was the third-highest-grossing film that year.[17]

His thriller film Jagga Jasoos was shot in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally planned for a release in 2014, schedule conflicts set back release.[18] The film was produced by Basu and Ranbir Kapoor's new production company (Picture Shuru Entertainment) in association with Disney Studios. Ranbir Kapoor,[19] Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif[20][21] and Alia Bhatt[22] were under consideration for lead roles.[23] Reports from Cape Town were that the real-world romance of leads Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif and occasional arguments between the two caused some delays and resulted in scenes not having the import intended by director Anurag Basu.[24][25] By 20 March 2014, the director had completed 20 days of filming with his leads and, being unhappy with initial efforts by actor Ranbir Kapoor,[26] used the additional schedule time to re-shoot some scenes.[27] Due to the reshoots, the film was not released until 2017.

Personal life

Basu is married to Tani Basu and has two daughters, Ishana (b. 2004) and Ahana (b. 2007).


2003 Saaya Yes No No
2004 Murder Yes Yes Yes
2006 Gangster Yes Yes Yes
2007 Life in a... Metro Yes Yes Yes
2010 Kites Yes No Yes
2012 Barfi! Yes Yes Yes
2017 Jagga Jasoos Yes Yes Yes


2008Filmfare AwardsBest ScreenplayLife in a Metro
2008IIFA AwardsBest ScreenplayLife in a Metro
2012Big Star Entertainment AwardsMost Entertaining Director
2013IIFA AwardsBest DirectorBarfi
2013IIFA AwardsBest ScreenplayBarfi
2013Okinawa International Movie FestivalGrand Jury AwardBarfi[15]
2013Zee Cine AwardsBest Director
Best Screenplay
Power Club Award
2013Times of India Film AwardsBest Director
Colors Screen AwardsBest Director
Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie AwardsBest Director
Star Guild AwardsBest Director


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  3. "I blame myself for my father's death: Anurag Basu - The Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. "I blame myself for my father's death: Anurag Basu - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 22 September 2012.
  5. "The Script motivates me". 13 July 2001.
  6. "KBC's tail whiplashes Zee prime time". Financial Express. 9 November 2000. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013.
  7. "A classic re-told". The Tribune (India). 16 March 2001.
  10. Adarsh, Taran (4 July 2003). "Saaya review".
  11. Adarsh, Taran (1 April 2004). "Murder review".
  12. "What they don't tell you about cancer". Times of India. 10 June 2007.
  13. "Could Gangster be another Murder?". 5 April 2006.
  14. "Ranbir-Priyanka's BARFI! receives standing ovation at Busan Film Festival". Yahoo! News India. 12 October 2012.
  16. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. "The Front Row: Bollywood's Magic Number". The Wall Street Journal (India). 16 November 2012.
  18. ENS (10 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor to romance Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt in Jagga Jasoos". Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  19. staff (6 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor smiles all the way to the bank, charges Rs. 15 crore for Besharam". India Today. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  20. TNN (7 August 2013). "Will Priyanka, Ranbir recreate their 'Barfi!' magic in 'Jagga Jasoos'?". Times of India. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  21. staff (20 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor to Romance Katrina Kaif in 'Jagga Jasoos' ?". IBTimes. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  22. staff (6 August 2013). "Alia Bhatt To Be Paired With Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos?". Koimoi. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  23. staff (7 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor's 'Jagga Jaasoos' to Star Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt?". IBTimes. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  24. staff (28 January 2014). "Katrina Kaif-Ranbir Kapoor delay film: They have pushed dates of 'Jagga Jasoos' together ahead". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  25. staff (29 January 2014). "Katrina and Ranbir deferring Jagga Jasoos?". India Today. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  26. Thakker, Namrata (20 March 2014). "Ranbir Kapoor fails to impress Anurag Basu on the sets of Jagga Jasoos!". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  27. Pathak, Ankur (20 March 2014). "'Jagga Jasoos' on rewind mode". Times of India. Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 6 July 2014.

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