Many of us Anurag Kashyap fans always lie in wait for his upcoming movies. The writer, director, producer, editor, and actor is one of the finest talents in Indian cinema. You can say many things about Anurag Kashyap films, but you can’t call them unimaginative or meek.
This is why many films buffs in India and across the world look forward to Anurag Kashyap and his upcoming movies.
Since the release of his first directorial venture Black Friday in 2007, Kashyap has been a busy body. He has worked on a total of 17 projects in nearly 13 years, which is a lot if you consider the time it takes to make a film and oversee its release. If you count Gangs of Wasseypur as two separate projects, the number increases to 18.
Of course, he is not stopping any time soon.
The anticipation for the next Anurag Kashyap movie ended a few days back with the release of Choked. The film dropped on Netflix in the first week of June.
Choked – The New Anurag Kashyap Movie
Choked follows the story of a bank accountant, Sarita, trying to make ends meet working long hours. Set during the time of the 2016 demonetization, the film is an excellent portrayal of the financial chasms the middle-class of the country have to face.
The critics were mixed on Choked. They acknowledged Kashyap’s direction and ability to extract strong performances. However, they also believe it lacks the usual swagger and depth in typical Anurag Kashyap movies.
What After Choked? Upcoming Movies from Anurag Kashyap
What after Choked? Anurag Kashyap fans are asking the same question. Due to the COVID crisis, shooting is stalled. This means many upcoming movies people were expecting from Anurag Kashyap this year may get pushed to next year.
The reason for this anticipation is obvious. Amongst new age directors in Indian cinema going against the established orthodoxy, Kashyap stands tall. He was famously called the ‘anti-Yash Raj’ after the release of Gulaal in 2009. At the time, and even now to some extent, the tag holds true.
It’s not as if Kashyap has transformed Bollywood. Commercial cinema is still the power centre of the industry. Nothing else can justify the unstoppable rise of Rohit Shetty as a director.
However, directors like Anurag Kashyap and people who wait for his upcoming movies are crucial for Hindi cinema. Five decades from now, we won’t movies like Ek Tha Tiger 2 or Simba because they made x amount of money. We would remember movies like Satya (written by Kashyap), Gangs of Wasseypur, Black Friday, and No Smoking (I still think it will become a huge cult classic in the next decade).
So if you’re waiting for the next movie from Anurag Kashyap, you’re not alone. After Choked, it is interesting to guess where Kashyap will head with his next movie. According to reports, there are two upcoming movies from Anurag Kashyap in the coming months.
Bansuri: The Flute
This is an interesting one. Anurag Kashyap fans will be happy to know that the much acclaimed director will act in a leading role in his next movie.
Bansuri, a film by Hari Viswanath, will star Anurag Kashyap. The much-acclaimed director will play Sadashiv. His character will have a significant role to play in the film.
The film will also star Rituparna Sengupta in a leading role.
According to a TOI report, the film is based on a child who discovers his prodigious skill of playing the violin. When people tell him this skill is ‘in his blood’. This compliment confuses the child. He later assumes his father must also be a musician. Satarupa Sanyal, the film’s creative director, said the film builds upto the moment the child meets his father.
Bansuri is the debut Hindi film of director Hari Viswanath. Viswanath was also the director of Radiopetti, the first Tamil film to win an Audience Award for Best film at the Busan Film Festival. Bansuri will be the Tamil director’s second feature film.
Anurag Kashyap acting in his next movie will come as a surprise to many of his fans. However, this is not the first time the director will step in front of the camera. The director has a rich track acting record, making cameo appearances in films like Black Friday, No Smoking, Luck By Chance, Happy New Year, and so on.
Since Kashyap is known for extracting the best performance out of his actors as a director, his role in Bansuri certainly presents an interesting prospect. Fans waiting for upcoming movies from Anurag Kashyap will certainly feel excited about this news.
The next production Anurag Kashyap is associated with is Gulab Jamun. There is still no concrete information about this film. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan were set to star in the film as of reports more than a year ago. However, they walked out of the film leaving Kashyap to find new actors.
The fate of the film seems scratchy right now. After Phantom Films, Kashyap’s production house, dissolved in 2018, he recently launched Good Bad Films. The recently released Choked is the first production of Good Bad Films. Whether Kashyap is still in the picture for Gulab Jamun remains to be seen.
The reason why Abhishek and Aishwariya Bachchan walked out of the film is still unclear. The duo had apparently asked the writers to make some changes to the film. When the changes were underway, the couple pulled out.
Upcoming Movies – What Should Anurag Kashyap Fans Expect?
For now, enjoy Choked!
We all know Anurag Kashyap is not running out of ideas. He will keep making movies which leave an indelible mark on the Hindi cinema.
While it’s not yet clear which movie Kashyap will direct next, we can all expect it to hold to his standards. Since the release of his first film in 2007, Kashyap has become a more entrenched part of the Hindi cinema establishment. This means we will continue seeing a lot of his work. With the kind of films in his portfolio, Anurag Kashyap doesn’t need to look far for inspiration to create his upcoming movies.
Also read: What is Speculative Fiction?
Also read: Indian Fantasy Novels: The Best Fantasy Fiction From India
(Featured Image Credits: Wikipedia)