Early Life of Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu was born in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, to an upper-middle-class Bengali Kayastha family. His parents, Subrato and Deepshikha, were noted theatre artists. Anurag Basu grew up in an artistic environment watching the performances of his parents in the theatre company of his father named Abhiyaan. He did his schooling from BSP Senior Secondary School. He also spent some years in South Kolkata, West Bengal. He took admission in Jabalpur Engineering College but did not join it and instead did his graduation from the University of Mumbai, in physics. He also aspired to study cinematography at FTII, Pune. However since his college days he got involved in assisting on several television and film projects.
Television Career of Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu began his television career as an assistant director to Raman Kumar for the television series Tara in which he worked for about 70 episodes. His directional ventures in television encompassed varied genres including thrillers, daily soaps, horror and more and included serials like X-Zone, Ajeeb Dastaan and Saturday Suspense. In 2000 Basu achieved success by directing the Balaji Telefilms soap Koshish ...Ek Aashaa which was aired on Zee TV. In 2001 and 2002 he made pilot episodes for the successful television shows Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. TV series Miit was also directed by him, which was based on the novel Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore. Apart from these he directed many other television episodes which received high target rating points. After joining the film industry he returned to the television again in 2007 and produced and directed the college drama Love Story. In 2010 he also anchored the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan (Who Will Be the Biggest Fan) for Zee Bangla.
Career of Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu's tryst with film direction occurred in 2003 with the Bollywood slasher film Kucch To Hai featuring Tusshar Kapoor, Anita Hassanandani and Esha Deol, under the production of Ekta Kapoor. However he left the film midway and the charge was taken up by Anil V. Kumar. Later he joined Vishesh Films, Mahesh Bhatt's production company, and directed three films. Saaya was his first film there starring Tara Sharma and John Abraham which was a mystery drama. The movie however failed at the box office. His next venture was in 2004 titled Murder which dealt with adultery and featured Emraan Hashmi, Mallika Sherawat and Ashmit Patel. It marked the first hit of Basu's film career and was also applauded by the critics. This was followed by his Bollywood flick Tumsa Nahin Dekha. He next directed Gangster, collaborating with Pritam for its music, which was a semi hit at the box office. His movie Life in a... Metro was another well appreciated film.
In 2010 he directed Hrithik Roshan, Kangna Ranaut and Barbara Mori in Kites which failed both critically as well as commercially. In 2012 Basu came up with Barfi! starring Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz and Priyanka Chopra which received overwhelming positive reviews. It was also praised at the Busan International Film Festival and was chosen for the Taipei and Morocco film festivals. The movie achieved success at the box office.
Personal Life of Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu is married to Tani Basu and the couple is blessed with two daughters named Ishana (born in 2004) and Ahana (born in 2007). In 2004 he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia when he was halfway through directing the film Tumsa Nahin Dekha. However he completed the film while undergoing chemotherapy by directing parts of the film from the hospital.
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