They hold a mirror to our times, Anurag and Dibakar are guests at Adda on Friday night
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They entered Bollywood as rebellious boys with a cinematic vision that was gritty, edgy and realistic — far away from snow-capped foreign locales and chiffon-clad leading ladies. While it took the industry a while to embrace them and their work, they are now heralded as the men who are spearheading a cinematic revolution in the country.
Directors Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee will be guests at the Express Adda in New Delhi on Friday. They will interact with a select audience about the many hues of the complex picture that is today's India — and how these tones reflect off their cinematic canvases.
Kashyap's Black Friday, Dev D, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur put small-town India, with their latent tensions and humour, into multiplexes. His short film in Bombay Talkies paid tribute to the magic of Bollywood through the story of an Amitabh Bachchan fan.
Banerjee captured the unique personality of Delhi in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Khosla ka Ghosla. In Bombay Talkies, he told the touching tale of a struggling stage actor.
The Express Adda is a unique series of conversations with men and women at the centre of change in our times — interactions that are simultaneously light and serious, informal and intelligent. Friday's Adda, to be attended by the cream of thinking, discerning Delhi, will be moderated by Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Express Group, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research and Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.
The Adda series, which began almost two years ago, has had guests from a wide range of fields — from superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to The New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman; sportspersons Virat Kohli and Viswanathan Anand; to politicians Arun Jaitley, Sheila Dikshit and Omar Abdullah.