It is sad that Phantom Films after 7 years of successful stint today shut shop once the 4 famed gang of Directors, Producers and Friends Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl announced today that they had dissolved their partnership and wished each other the best on Twitter.
Phantom Films have directed, produced and distributed several blockbuster Movies. Today, let’s review the Top Ten movies directed by Director and Producer Anurag Kashyap.
- Gangs of Wasseypur, 2012
This Bollywood cult film in its style presents a realistic, intense, bloody affairs due to power struggle between two popular coal mafia gangsters. Gangs of Wasseypur is one of his foremost movies that got Anurag Kashyap a critical acclaim for the way he shot the film in its utmost reality, blending original music, soundtrack and other surrounding scenes with a splendid casting. Inarguably this movie is one of the signature films directed by Anurag Kashyap. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and Part 2 were released in the same year for Indian market. The film was nominated for the National Film Awards.
- Dev.D, 2009
This time The Film Dev.D is a Black Comedy based on the novel DevDas. This is also an interesting love story with twists and different perspectives that captures the story of two hurt people finding and understanding themselves in the company of each other’s suffering lives. This film got Anurag a great name for himself in breaking the clichés.
- Black Friday, 2004
Black Friday movie was based on true events during the 1993 Bombay Bomb Blasts (Presently Mumbai) and a book titled Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts by Hussain Zaidi. Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was nominated for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno International Film Festival. Surprising fact is that this movie faced a lot of challenges from Indian Censor Board.
- Gulaal, 2009
Gulaal is a Crime movie themed on Indian Politics starring Kay Kay Menon, Mahi Gill, Abhimanyu Singh and Deepak Dobriyal. The movie was at that point of time was referred as one of the best political films in Indian Bollywood Cinema Industry. This time Anurag Kashyap faced financial struggles before releasing this film. But it did get him lot of positive reception, reviews and support from a loyal fan base.
- Ugly, 2013
Ugly is again a thriller film that in a speedy fashion narrates the aftermath after struggling actor’s minor daughter disappears. This movie is not for the faint-hearted audience as it reflects the dirty, ugly reality behind kidnapping and trafficking network. Anurag Kashyap in an interview said that Ugly Movie’s theme was inspired from his own personal life after a broken marriage and his drinking problem during then. The kind of research done behind the movie scenes got Anurag Kashyap a critical appreciation from the film reviewing community and audience themselves.
- Mukkabaaz, 2017
A Sports drama film of an aspiring boxer who happens to be from under-caste and falls in love with the niece of the boxing federation head who is from an upper caste as followed in India. The film once again was appreciated for showcasing hard reality, injustice, corruption and ill-treatments happen in the name of Casteism in India. Often referred as one of the mature films directed by Anurag Kashyap, this is a must watch movie for those to understand the growth derailing forces across many Indian states.
- Raman Raghav 2.0, 2017
Raman Raghav 2.0 is a psychological thriller movie directed by Anurag Kashyap that shows the wild chase and action packed story of a serial killer and a corrupt police man. This story too is based on a killer named Raman Raghav. Audience and reviewers rated that this is a crude movie that is difficult to watch for many weak hearted. The movie has a balance of adult scenes, drugs, murders, action to give that intensity for a serial killer film.
- Paanch, 2016
This movie tells the story of five youth 4 males and one female characters waste their youth and goes on a self-destruction mode. A kidnapping plot gets spoilt and takes wild twists and ends in an interesting manner. This was the directorial debut for Anurag Kashyap. The film was released after several blockades from Indian Censor Board. However, the film was appreciated in International screenings.
- No Smoking, 2007
No Smoking Movie is a neo-noir psychological thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap with lot of technical excellence. The movie was nominated for several awards and won a few. The film was well received in international screenings but in India it was severely criticized. After all this movie was simply supposed to spread awareness and reduce the habit of smoking. A man attempts to overcome his inner fears & temptations and the trials & tribulations connected with the process of trying to do so. Anurag Kashyap himself has felt bad about it and wondered whether he has directed a movie that is far ahead of its times. We do agree with that.
- That Girl in Yellow Boots, 2010
Though many say that this is a failure movie in Anurag Kashyap’s filmography. The thriller movie tells the story of an English Girl pursuing his Indian origin father to seek her lost sister. She gets lost eventually in the city by losing herself. The movie shows love, lust, family, values and lot of pain in Anurag Kashyap’s own movie making style. However this movie didn’t do commercially well and did attract few negative comments for explicitly showing raw content for common audience.
Oh, what a surreal journey of Anurag Kashyap with his continuously radical attempts on different genre. We wish Anurag Kashyap and his partners from dissolved Phantom Films Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl all the very best.