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Anurag Basu is an India television-advertiser, director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Basu achieved initial success with his films tackling the themes of passion and adultery such as Life in a… Metro, Kites, Gangster and Murder. He began his directing career in television, moving to feature films in 2002.

Basu was born into an upper-middle-class Bengali Kayastha family in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. His parents, Subrato Bose and Deepshikha Bose, were award-winning theatrical artists and Basu grew up watching them perform in his father’s theatre company (Abhiyaan). He attended BSP Senior Secondary School, Sector -IV, Bhilai Steel Plant, Steel Authority of India Ltd. , spending part of his life in Garia, South Kolkata. Although Basu was admitted to Jabalpur Engineering College, but he quit it after some time. He received a BSc degree in physics honours. from the University of Mumbai, intending to study cinematography at FTII, Pune; however, during his college years in Mumbai he had an opportunity to assist on a number of levels in TV and film projects. After trying to remain involved with filmmaking, Basu became an assistant director to Raman Kumar on Tara.

Basu was in his mid-twenties when he began his television career as an assistant director on Tara, directing about 70 episodes. He directed television serials, trying genres ranging from daily soaps to thrillers such as Saturday Suspense and Ajeeb Dastaan and horror (X-Zone). Basu’s most successful work during this period was the Balaji Telefilms soap Koshish …Ek Aashaa in 2000 and made pilot episodes of Indian television shows including Kyun ki saans bhi kabhi bahu thi, Kahani ghar ghar ki, Kasouti zindagi ki in 2001 and 2002. He directed the TV series Miit (based on the novel Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore) and Manzilien Apni Apni. Basu has directed many television episodes. In 2000 he received a RAPA Award for Best Director Award from the Radio and TV Advertisers Practitioners Association, followed by an Aashirwad Award for Best Director two years later. Basu returned to television in 2007 to produce and direct the college drama Love Story and hosted the Bengali reality show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan (Who Will Be the Biggest Fan) for Zee Bangla in 2010. Currently his series Stories by Rabindranath Tagore is airing on the EPIC Channel.

Basu made his directorial film debut in 2003 with the slasher film Kucch To Hai, starring Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol and Anita Hassanandani. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor, with whom he had worked on Koshish …Ek Aashaa. Basu left the film midway through production, replaced by Anil V. Kumar took charge; it failed commercially and critically.

Basu is married to Tani Basu and has two daughters, Ishana (b. 2004) and Ahana (b. 2007). Basu though fought with Leukaemia, He never gave up hope of living a positive & energetic life.