Gangs of Wasseypur is a Hindi crime film directed,co written and produced by Anurag Kashyap about Coal mafia of Dhanbad.
The film features an ensemble cast including Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda in the lead roles. The movie has landed into trouble as the producer Anurag Kashyap does not want to put a disclaimer declaring that the events and circumstances in the film are fictional,against censor boards requirement. The film will be released in two parts as it’s a five hour long movie. The trailer of the second part would be shown at the end of the first part.
Read the review of Gangs of Wasseypur from the famous critics below:
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR has a capricious first half, but the film advances vigorously post intermission. There’s never a tedious moment in the second half of the gangster epic, the plot throws a number of disclosures at you, it dribbles with visual style, laces up with commanding, acidic and witty lines… with Rajiv Ravi’s camera moving incessantly. In fact, there’s so much that Anurag invests in the movie. Clearly, he has that streak of courage that very few film-makers in Mumbai pride themselves in. But there’s a flipside too: The screenplay could’ve been crisper and taut. It slackens sporadically [in the first hour specifically]. Most importantly, the excessive run time makes you fidgety, even though the content leaves you mesmerized and captivated on numerous junctures.
Written by Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia and Kashyap, GOW I runs for over two hours. Cuss words and smart repartee are commonplace, with the women being at the centre of most comedic encounters of the men. The sexual tension doubles up as comic relief in the fast-paced thriller. Kashyap’s characters are, no doubt, dangerous. They’re also prone to screwing up. They may be deadly gangsters, but they also fall face down every now and then. A sister defying her rogue brother to marry a lover from a rival clan, a pregnant wife beating up her hooligan husband for cheating on her, another wife refusing to become a ‘bachche paida karnewali machine’. The casting is bang on. Chadda, Dhulia and many others are finds.
Gangs of Wasseypur is a full-on Bollywood film without quite being one. Loaded with action, romance and music and doffs of the hat to old-school masala, this effervescent blazing-guns opera is ingeniously orchestrated in a way that lends it the flounce and flair of an artful musical romp.
Gangs of Wasseypur benefits immensely from a towering performance by Manoj Bajpayee, who immerses himself in the central character of Sardar Khan with such conviction and controlled flair that it becomes impossible to separate the actor from the part. The rest of the cast, too, is consistently in step with the benchmark he sets.
And the yawns are the primary issue with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, an impressively ambitious — and excellently shot — collection of memorable characters and entertaining scenes, set to a killer soundtrack. The film never recovers from the unforgivably tedious first half-hour, and despite many laudable moments and nifty touches, never quite engages. This is partly because of every Indian filmmaker’s befuddling desire to borrow plot-points from The Godfather whenever dealing with crime families, but mostly because Kashyap is defiant in his self-indulgence, piling on more and more when less could have done the job more efficiently.
Although the film rests largely on Manoj Bajpai’s overconfident shoulders, the fact that he doesn’t manage to spectacularly impress isn’t a game changer. Tigmanshu Dhulia, on the other hand, manages very well with his contained and controlled expressions that say a lot more than he does in the film. Among the actresses, Richa Chadda pretty much rules and has a promising career ahead. Reemma Sen may have an extra ‘M’ but that doesn’t add much to her acting skills and most would appreciate her sexy back which has more screen space than her front. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the new ‘common man’ in Hindi films and given his choice of arty and independent films, he won’t be reduced to a Rajpal Yadav. Piyush Mishra’s narrative is comforting especially when you’re tired of keeping track of why X wants to kill Y or why Z is befriending W. A neat voiceover summarizes events and lets you sit back and pay a little less attention.
To say that Gangs Of Wasseypur would be an easy watch would simply be wrong as you cannot dare to even move your eyes from the screen even for a minute, especially during the first half where Anurag establishes setting as well as the character. The film starts off with a long sequence of bullet firing. The sequence is explanatory of the situation of the badlands.
Anurag Kashyap not only flaunts his gargantuan storyline through this 2 hour 48mins first part but also intelligently boasts of his command over narrative technique too. He brilliantly brings together an amalgam intercutting, jump cuts and montages. However, it still wouldn’t be wrong to say that had the first half been tad shorted, one would’ve enjoyed the film without any weariness sinking in.
Gangs Of Wasseypur is fictionalised, demented history soaked in blood. Movies have a gender. This one is fully male. Given how easy it is to kill off people in this picture, it’s a miracle that they’re all not dead yet! The community of Qureishis take on other Musalmans. Loud sounds of kattas (country-made pistols), rifles, revolvers, butcher’s knives, ice picks envelope your senses. If it wasn’t a film, this would’ve been a stylised graphic novel. But you would’ve missed a memorable background score and striking sound design. For a film, it’s the kind of mini-series you could possibly preserve in a boxed DVD set years from now. Yeah, this one’s for keeps.