This Was Anurag Kashyap’s Debut Movie As A Director, No It Wasn’t Black Friday

The Indian film director, producer, actor and writer, Anurag Kashyap is known globally for his work in the Indian cinema. Born on 10th September in 1972 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh to Sri Prakash Singh who was a retired chief engineer of the UP Power Corporation Limited, he has made his name in the film industry. At first, the director had a desire to become a scientist and he went to Delhi enrolling for higher studies in ‘Zoology’ at Hans Raj College (University of Delhi) but the turning point in his life came when he was inspired to make movies after seeing, Vittorio De Sica’s ‘Bicycle Thieves’.

He received little fame for ‘Satya’ in 1998 as Anurag was the writer of the movie which is considered as one of the finest films of the Indian cinema. It was ‘Manoj Bajpayee’ who suggested the ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ director’s name to ‘Ram Gopal Verma’ for Satya.

He went on to direct a movie in 2000’s called ‘Paanch’ which was his directorial debut movie starring ‘Kay Kay Menon’, ‘Aditya Shrivastava’, ‘Vijay Maurya’, ‘Tejaswini Kolhapure’ and many more. Paanch is an Indian crime thriller film based somewhat on the concept of 1976-77 ‘Joshi Abhyankar Serial murders’ which happened in Pune. The film had marked its entry as Kashyap’s debut movie in Bollywood but it never got a release as it was obstructed by the ‘Central Board of Film Certification’ due to its dark, abusive, drug abuse and language usage issue. These serial murders which happened in Pune were the real set of inspiration for the ‘Akira’ actor, however ‘Paanch’ was cleared by the CBFC in 2001 and it remained without a release in the theatre due to some problems faced by the producer.

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The ‘Mukkabaaz’ director did not make his debut with ‘Black Friday’ which was based on the theme of the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai, till now many people are under that notion that this is the first movie but it was ‘Paanch’.

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Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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