Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s offbeat film “Gangs Of Wasseypur” has become the only Indian film to feature in “The Guardian” list of 100 Best Films of the 21st century.

Critically acclaimed films like Persepolis (2007), Waltz With Bashir (2007) and Capernaum (2018), have also ranked beneath Kashyap’s film. Since the list is made on feature films made from the turn of the century (after 2000), it may be the main reason why the customary iconic movies like Pather Panchali, or Pyaasa are not part of the list.

Anurag on Saturday took to Instagram to publicize that his action drama has bagged the 59th position in the Guardian’s list of 100 Best Films of 21st century.

He wrote: “Proud to be here but this wouldn’t be my list. So many films which are my favourites can’t be below my film.. and ‘the Dark Knight’ deserves to be way up. The number 1 film in the list I totally agree with. That’s my absolute favourite of the 21st century.

“P.S. this is also is that film of mine that totally destroyed my filmmaking life by the expectations it sets from me as a filmmaker and has been continuously so, and I have forever been trying to break away from it. Hopefully someday that will happen.”

The two-film “Gangs Of Wasseypur” series was released in 2012, and described the tale of a coal mafia family in the town of Wasseypur in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand.

 


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