Anurag Basu is an Indian film director and writer, known for directing films which tackle themes of dark passion and adultery like Life in a... Metro, Gangster and Murder. Basu was nominated in the Best Director category at the 53rd Filmfare Awards in 2008 for Life in a... Metro. He has also directed TV serials for Indian channels. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2004 and underwent chemotherapy thereafter.
Television Anurag Basu started his career in the television industry, directing Tara, one of longest running soaps of the 90s. He was in his mid-twenties when he started, and went on to direct 70 episodes. He went ahead to direct more television serials and tried a hand at different genres ranging from daily soaps to thrillers like Saturday Suspense and horror X-Zone. His most successful work during this period was Balaji Telefilms daily soap Koshish ...ek aashaa in 1998, which went on to become one of the top shows on Zee TV. In 2002, Basu directed the TV series Miit, which was based on the novel Noukadubi, written by the great Indian poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore. In 2007, he returned to the television circuit to produce and direct the college-drama Love Story for SAB TV.  Films Anurag Basu made his directorial debut in 2003 with the slasher film Kucch To Hai, co-directing with Anil V. Kumar and starring Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol and newcomer Anita Hassanandani. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor, with whom Basu had earlier worked on Koshish ...ek aashaa. Although the film was well promoted and had a decent opening at the box office , it failed commercially as well as critically. After the failure of his first film, Basu went and joined hands with Mahesh Bhatt's production company Vishesh Films, where he directed his next four films. The first was a mystery-drama Saaya starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma. It was inspired by the Kevin Costner starrer 2002 thriller Dragonfly, but it failed to register any cash at the box office and was critically panned by the critics for a loose screenplay. Basu's third film was Murder in 2004, which was inspired by Adrian Lyne's 2002 film Unfaithful. The film dealt with adultery, and had one of the boldest scenes ever in the history of Indian cinema. Inspite of getting an A-certificate from the CBFC, the film became Basu's first hit. It was well-received by the critics too, appreciating the performances by Mallika Sherawat, Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel. The music in the film by composer Anu Malik was also a hit, with chartbusters like Kaho Naa Kaho and Bheeghey Hont Tere. The film catapulted Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi to fame, and Murder, till date, remains one of the few commercially successful adult-certified films in India.