1. “Gangs of Wasseypur” (2012)
It has achieved cult status since its realistic and intense depiction of three crime families as they wage war in the coal mafia world of Dhanbad. The two-part film is considered as the director’s finest work till date and has captured the zeitgeist of the era perfectly.
2. Dev D (2009)
Another testiment to
’s directorial and writing prowess, this gritty drama explores the concept of marriages in patriarchal India where the decisions are made based on power and honor and how a young man loses his way when his life’s purpose falls apart.
3. ‘’ (2009)
The film depicts power tussles and politics in all its dirty glory in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. It has been called the best political film of India and has been especially praised for humanising its characters and making each moment memorable.
This thriller focuses on the step-daughter of a police chief who goes missing and the citywide search operation that ensues as a result. The film received critical acclaims both overseas and at home and is widely considered as the director’s best suspense film.
5. Black Friday (2007)
This extremely controversial film had a release delay of three years and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. It went on to be a nominee for the Best Film Award at the Locarno film festival. An adaptation of Hussain Zaidi’s book on the 1993 Bombay bombings, the film records the intensely gripping events following the horrific attack.
6. Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)
This psychological thriller benefits from an electric performance from the lead actor
and he received a standing ovation from the Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight for the same.
This yet unreleased film never saw the light of day due to its depiction of violence and drugs. The plot follows the members of a rock band as evaded by the police after being mired in drugs and sex.
The film bombed at the box office and was negatively reviewed by critics, but its director defended it and said its theme and elements of surrealism and horror were way ahead of its time. It received unprecedented praise in several international film festivals which stood testament to this fact.
That Girl In Yellow Boots
The film played at several film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Venice Festival, and the South Asian International Film Fest. The plot follows Ruth, a British woman who ends up in Mumbai without a work permit on a desperate quest to locate her father. As she navigates the treacherous and uncaring paths of Maximum City, she winds up at the shocking and inescapable conclusion about her father.
Considered as a one of its kind ventures, this anthology film clubs four short stories by four superior directors showcasing the potency of films in reality. Anurag Kashyap directs the fourth part of the movie, Murabba (fruit preserve), which chronicles the tale of a man hailing from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh who travels to Mumbai to fulfill his father’s desire of meeting , the superstar.