Anurag Kashyap Can be called the ‘Jack of all trades’ because he is a film director, writer, editor, producer, and also an actor. His work in the Hindi film industry has got him 4 Filmfare awards.
Like many, he too started on a small screen as a writer. His first big-screen attempt as a co-writer was through the film Satya. But, it was Gangs of Wasseypur that gave him prominence.
He wanted to be a scientist when young and got the zoology degree too for that. Then, as fate wanted it, he enrolled in a street-play group and went to a film festival on recommendations. After that, he never turned back to zoology. He also has a classic struggle story with no money to eat and no place to sleep situations.
He came to Mumbai to be a filmmaker. But, he has also played onscreen characters many times. Today we are focusing on his acting skills and in front of the camera work.
The following are some movies he has acted in. A few among these had him as one of the lead characters and also earned him critical acclamation.
The film Akira is about strong women fighting against the odds. Sonakshi Sinha played the title character in this action thriller. Anurag Kashyap plays the bad cop in the movie.
Recently released Ghoomketu stars Nawazuddin Siqqiqui and Anurag Kashyap in lead roles. Anurag Kashyap played the character of a corrupt police inspector.
Anurag Kashyap has a cameo in this 2009 film. You can see him in the song ‘payaliya’ as one of Chanda’s clients. The movie is an adaptation of a well-known Bengali novel titled Devdas was written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
4. No Smoking
Anurag Kashyap can be seen as the man in the elevator in this Psychological thriller. Anurag Kashyap is also the writer and the director of the film. This 2007 film stars John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles.
And as the name suggests, the movie revolves around a chain smoker and his attempt to quit the smoking habit.
5. I Am
I Am, is an anthology movie with 4 short stories. These are individually named Omar, Afia, Abhimanyu, and Megha highlighting the issues of gay rights, sperm donation, child abuse, and Kashmiri pandits respectively.
This multi-language film was released in 2010. Anurag Kashyap played the character of the child molester in it.
6. Luck By Chance
This multi-starrer film has Anurag Kashyap’s guest appearance along with other stars such as Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Aamir Khan, and many others. This 2009 film, revolving around Bollywood and its struggles.
7. Happy New Year
Happy New Year is an action-comedy directed by Farah Khan. The movie has some big names as actors and many celebrities have made cameo appearances in it too.
This 2014 film had Anurag Kashyap as a homosexual judge getting blackmailed by Shah Rukh’s team to reach a dance finale which is a plan for robbery.
Gulaal also has Anurag Kashyap as a visiting character. He’s a man at the party in this 2009 movie. Gulaal is the classic political drama for power. Anurag Kashyap has directed this film with Key Key Manon in the lead role.
Anurag Kashyap has a major role in Shagird. He played the character of Bunty Bhaiya, who is the antagonist. Tigmanshu Dhulia has directed this action thriller with Nana Patekar in the lead role.
10. Bhoothnath Returns
Anurag Kashyap plays himself in this movie. This 2014 movie stars Amitabh Bachchan and Boman Irani in lead roles and also has Shah Rukh Khan as a special appearance.
11. Black Friday
This 2007 movie is based on a book by Hussain Zaidi. The movie shows the perspective of Bombay Bomb Blasts. Anurag Kashyap played an ISI man in this movie which also had Kay Kay Menon and Zakir Hussain in a prominent role.
12. Tera Kya Hoga Johnny
Anurag Kashyap plays the character of Kashyap In 2010 released Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. It stars Soha Ali Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles. The story revolves around a kid selling tea in Mumbai.
13. Chhuri – A Short Film
This short film has Anurag Kashyap as the lead actor. He plays the cheating husband in this 2017 short film. It also stars Tisca Chopra and Surveen Chawla playing Anurag’s wife and Anurag’s love interest respectively.
14. Imaikkaa Nodigal
This 2018 Tamil film has Nayanthara, Atharvaa, Raashi Khanna, and Anurag Kashyap in lead roles. The movie is a psychological thriller moving around a serial killer played by Anurag Kashyap.