Anurag Kashyap can be called the ‘Jack of all trades’ as he is also a film director, writer, editor, producer and actor. His work in the Hindi film industry has won him 4 Filmfare Awards.
Like many, he also started as a writer on the small screen. His first big screen effort as a co-writer was through the film Satya. But, it was Gangs of Wasseypur that gave him prominence.
He wanted to become a scientist when he was young and earned a degree in Zoology for this. Then, as fate wished, he enrolled in a street theater and went to a film festival on recommendations. After that, he never turned to Zoology. He has a classic conflict story with no money to eat and no place to sleep.
He came to Mumbai as a filmmaker. But, he has also played onscreen characters many times. Today we are focused on his acting skills and in front of the camera work.
The following are some of the films in which he has acted. Some of these had him as one of the main characters and also earned him critical acclaim.
The film Akira is against strong women fighting against the odds. Sonakshi Sinha played the title character in this action thriller. Anurag Kashyap plays the bad cop in the film.
Recently released Ghoomketu stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap in the lead roles. Anurag Kashyap played a corrupt police inspector.
Anurag Kashyap has a cameo in this 2009 film. You can see him as one of Chanda’s customers in the song ‘Payalia’. The film is an adaptation of a famous Bengali novel titled Devdas written by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
4. Do not smoke
In this psychological thriller, Anurag Kashyap can be seen as a male in the lift. Anurag Kashyap is also the writer and director of the film. The 2007 film stars John Abraham, Ayesha Takia and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles.
And as the name suggests, the film revolves around a chain smoker and his attempt to quit the smoking habit.
5. I am
I Am is an anthology film with 4 short stories. These were personally addressed by Omar, Afia, Abhimanyu and Megha on issues of gay rights, sperm donation, child abuse and Kashmiri Pandits.
This multi-language film was released in 2010. Anurag Kashyap played the child molester in it.
6. Luck by Chance
This multi-starrer film features guest starring Anurag Kashyap as well as Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Aamir Khan, and many more. The 2009 film revolved around Bollywood and its struggles.
7. Happy New Year
Happy New Year is an action-comedy directed by Farah Khan. The film has some big names as an actor and many celebrities have also made cameo appearances in it.
In the 2014 film, Anurag Kashyap was being blackmailed by Shah Rukh’s team as a gay judge to arrive at the conclusion of the dance which is a robbery planned.
Anurag Kashyap also has a character in Gulal. In the 2009 film He is a Person in the Party, Gulal is a classic political drama for power. Anurag Kashyap has directed the film in the lead role along with the lead role.
Anurag Kashyap plays the lead role in the show. He played Bunty Bhaiya, who is the antagonist. Tigmanshu Dhulia has directed this action thriller with Nana Patekar in the lead role.
10. Bhootnath Returns
Anurag Kashyap played himself in this film. The 2014 film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Boman Irani in lead roles and also stars Shah Rukh Khan in a special role.
11. Black Friday
The 2007 film is based on a book by Hussain Zaidi. The film shows the perspective of the Bombay bombings. Anurag Kashyap played the role of an ISI man in the film which also stars KK Menon and Zakir Hussain.
12. What will happen to you Johnny
Anurag Kashyap played the character of Kashyap in Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, released in 2010. It stars Soha Ali Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles. The story revolves around a child selling tea in Mumbai.
13. Chhuri – A Short Film
This short film stars Anurag Kashyap as the lead actor. She played the role of a cheating husband in this 2017 short film. It also stars Tisca Chopra and Surveen Chawla as Anurag’s wife and Anurag’s love roles respectively.
14. Imika Nodigal
The 2018 Tamil film stars Nayantara, Atharva, Rashi Khanna and Anurag Kashyap in the lead roles. The film is a psychological thriller revolving around a serial killer played by Anurag Kashyap.