An alumnus of The Scindia School exemplifies in his life and work the aspiration of the Alma mater to produce global leaders with an Indian ethos. Anurag Kashyap through all his creative work in the area of film making represents this ideal in its true spirit. Anurag Kashyap joined the school in 1983 in Class VII and passed out in 1989. There were many occasions even while at school when he proved his intellectual courage to question the stereotype and stand by his own conviction. He embraced the world of words and ideas and spent many hours in the school library.
Anurag Kashyap contributed to the contemporary Indian cinema in diverse ways, starting with writing stories and scripts. He finally graduated to direction. He has shown the courage to raise questions about the society, redefine the grammar of film making and tread into areas that very few dared to explore. He never compromised his principles for the sake of popularity or under pressure. He brought in a 21st century global outlook to Indian cinema and its style of storytelling, yet his fundamental concerns were centered on the socio political scenario of the country. His urge to express himself creatively and aesthetically compelled him to delve in different genres of cinema in terms of form, technique and content.
Recognition followed Anurag Kashyap and today he enjoys the rare distinction of being accepted by a vast majority of the mainstream viewers and at the same time being recognised by the patrons of serious cinema as one of the leading directors of the country. He certainly enjoys an iconic status amongst the youth. Anurag Kashyap’s cinema has crossed all international, linguistic and cultural barriers. He has won major awards in India as well as at the International Film Festivals including the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. His work was highly acclaimed at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival and at the 67th Venice Film Festival.
Anurag Kashyap is respected for his uncompromising commitment to his own belief and his courage to challenge the conventional. He carries forward the spirit of the school in being a trend setter in all his endeavors. Today The Scindia School acknowledges Anurag Kashyap as an Old Boy of eminence for his outstanding contribution in the field of cinema by conferring upon him the Madhav Award for the year 2010.