“Kashyap has a special relationship with Mumbai and especially its underbelly. Some might say he is Mumbai’s Orpheus who constantly makes a journey to those hellholes and back so that he could tell us their stories. Be it Ugly, The Girl in the Yellow Boots, Bombay Velvet and now Raman Raghav 2.0, the city has always been Kashyap’s muse. And it is not surprising. For it was under the tutelage of his mentor Ram Gopal Varma, Kashyap wrote that famous Bombay gangster movie of all time, Satya.” – Sayantan Mondal for Jamuura.com
Anurag Kashyap is among the most revered directors in the country today with cinegoers thronging the theatres every time one of his films release. And although he began in the indie/underground space (his first film Paanch remains unreleased but very widely viewed, thanks to torrents), he has very meticulously built himself into a brand that grants his movies very successful openings at the multiplexes. As a youth icon, he echoes their views – whether radical or pragmatist and progressive – and his anti-establishment statements via his movies have won him fans. He has been open with his stories of struggle while trying to find a foothold in the industry and his personal life, making him a rare director that people love to hear talk in front of an audience, as well as from behind the camera. His recent films may not exactly have set the box office to fire, but he remains a solid inspiration for aspiring filmmakers.
Read more about Kashyap’s commentary on urban life and decadence; strong statements that he makes through his movies.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (1974 – present)
American actor and film producer
Leonardo DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in TV series, such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains in the early 1990s. He was praised for his supporting role in the drama What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and gained public recognition with leading roles in the drama The Basketball Diaries(1995) and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame with James Cameron‘s epic romance Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film to that point.
DiCaprio has been a regular collaborator with Martin Scorsese since Gangs of New York (2002), and has widely been seen as Robert De Niro‘s replacement in Scorsese’s movies.
DiCaprio is a committed environmentalist, who urged his fans and all watching the 2016 Oscars ceremony to do their bit to tackle climate change.
Films of Note: This Boy’s Life (1993), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Titanic (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), The Departed (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008), Shutter Island (2010), Inception (2010), Django Unchained (2012), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Revenant (2015)