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Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur only Indian film on The Guardian's list of 100 Best Films of 21st century


The film has been ranked above Oscars winners Lost In Translation (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005) and No Country For Old Men (2007).

Shriram Iyengar

Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Chetan Anand, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Guru Dutt, Shyam Benegal might be the names of some of the greatest Indian directors who contributed to taking Indian cinema to the international stage. Anurag Kashyap might just be joining the list.

The filmmaker's Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) has been listed by the UK daily newspaper, The Guardian, as one of the 100 Best Films of the 21st Century. It is also the only Indian film on the list. 

Compiled by The Guardian's reviewers Peter Bradshaw, Cath Clarke, Andrew Pulver and Catherine Shoard, the list is topped by Paul Thomas Anderson's saga, There Will Be Blood (2007). Kashyap's film features on the 59th spot. In doing so, the film beats out some famous names like Gladiator (2000), Lost In Translation (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and No Country For Old Men (2007) among them. 

Gangs of Wasseypur is also ranked ahead of some critically acclaimed international films like Persepolis (2007), Waltz With Bashir (2007) and Capernaum (2018).

The list is a collection of best films since the turn of the century (post 2000), and hence leaves out the usual suspects including Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali (1955) and Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957). However, Kashyap's film remains the sole Indian project on the list. 

Kashyap is currently working on his next untitled directorial venture featuring Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew. The director is also working on the horror anthology, Ghost Stories, produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP Films for Netflix. In addition, Kashyap has also been roped in for a web-series based on the adaptation of Suketu Mehta's bestseller, Maximum City.