caught in the spotlight, is the multi-talented advertisement and television
director, actor, screenwriter and producer, Anurag Basu
. His journey till now has been full of interesting twists and turns.
Basu was born in
a family of theater artists, which influenced his childhood as he grew up watching theatrical
performances. While pursuing his college education in Mumbai, he assisted in
various television and film projects. His career took a leap when he started as an
Assistant Director for the serial Tara. There was no turning back
after that as he went on to direct many more television adventures,
eventually joining one of the biggest production houses, Balaji
Here in the
Balaji camp, Basu tugged on the opportunity to make his directorial debut with
the movie Kucch To Hai in 2003. Due to unknown reasons, Basu left
the project midway. Though the movie garnered an average opening, it
never picked up and ended up failing miserably at the box-office. Next
Basu directed Saaya for Mahesh Bhatt's production company, which also bombed at the box office.
After this came
the major hit of Basu's life, Murder.
The movie was granted an A certificate as it was a new area unexplored
hitherto, yet it was appreciated critically and commercially. After this he had
a series of successful movies like Gangster,
Life in a... Metro,
etc. Though his next venture Kites
couldn't garner the expected success, his latest movie Barfi!
a milestone in Basu's
life. It became the third highest grosser of last year, and was the
recipient of a number of accolades, the most common ones being Best
Actress, Best Director and Best Debut Female. It also managed to receive
the nomination to the prestigious Oscars representing India.
Did You Know?
is married to Taani Basu and has two daughters.
has directed the pilot episodes of many popular Indian shows like Kyun Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani
Ghar Ghar Ki, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, etc.
- Basu has directed thousands of
television episodes and most of them have had extremely high TRPs.
2010, he turned into an anchor for the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan.
was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2004 and underwent chemotherapy.
be back with another star director that dazzles behind the camera. Until then, pen down
your thoughts about this great director.
Writer: Pooja B.
Editors: Komal P. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Gurprit K.