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Weekend Exclusive | Anurag Basu up close and personal!

Bollywood was all about drama and dancing in extravagant locations. Post a lot of unrealistic endings and impractical story line, the industry slowly saw a reformed change. The scripts started getting real, dialogues were colloquial and the direction was more edgy and well thought about.

The new breed of directors kind of brought in a new wave in film-making in Bollywood, where reality was rehearsed, captured on camera and showcased blatantly on the big screen. These new set of directors did not compromise on their story telling even if that meant to bear an A certificate from the Censor Board. The certificate might have reduced the audience in numbers, but their movies have been well received and known for the edgy feel to it.

One of the few directors who kind of broke in with this new wave of direction is Anurag Basu. Basu started his career with television and then made a big name in Bollywood with the movie Murder. The movie was not only received well for its unconventional storyline but also won accolades for its music. Since then Basu has delivered some good creative work and proved his mettle in the industry.

Adgully caught the director amidst the festive celebrations of Durga Pooja and chatted up with him.

From being a director of a mega serial, to facing initial failure in Bollywood and from being diagnosed with severe illness to finding his winning streak in Bollywood and recovering from the illness. Basu has seen it all and learnt a good deal learnings for many years to come. Is it his belief, strong will or just hard- work, whatever the reason maybe the sun has shone on Basu and its pleasant golden glow has just created a pleasing aura around the modest film-maker. So while he hits back with another path-breaking film: Silence everyone! | By Prabha Hegde [prabha(at)adgully.com]

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