23 April, 2021

Script Abhi Baaki Hai | By Manoj Bajpayee

Knowing Anurag Kashyap as a twenty something film buff to the auteur he became, a ­contemporary predicts that the director has yet much more to offer to Hindi cinema, writes Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee.

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Script Abhi Baaki Hai | By Manoj Bajpayee

As India turns 71 next week, Outlook zeroed in on 21 individuals who have made a lasting impression on this country – for both good and bad – so far in the 21 st century. And we got 21 equally important personalities to write on the 21 individuals we chose.

In this column, Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee writes on film director Anurag Kashyap.


We met through mutual friends before the making of Satya (1998). Ram Gopal Varma was not happy with the initial writer of the movie. When I came to know that he was looking for a replacement, I took Anurag to his office and introduced the two. Anurag had seen my play Netua and was familiar with my work. We subsequently did two more films together: Shool (1999) and Kaun (2000). We had hit it off instantly and would hang out with each other for hours every day, discussing various things, including cinema. Like they say—my house was his house in those days.

I was quite impressed with his knowledge and...

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