Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) WBRi Movie Review: Anurag Kashyap Peeps into Desi Gang Wars

Bollywood Hindi Movie Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Kolkata June 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) We have often been witness and bystander to many a crime revenge dramas over the years in Bollywood with the likes of RGV’s landmark ‘Shiva’ and the very recent cult remake of ‘Agneepath’. While most of them in recent times have faltered in the absence of a solid plot, the others abated away into grim darkness due to their gory and gruesome depictions. It is here that Anurag Kashyap - one of the most intelligent film-makers in today's India - enters the picture blowing the conch for a war-cry and declaring that his latest venture ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ has been stirred from the likes of Western masters such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. If you are game for a blood-spluttering ride across the coal belt of India with glimpses into the life of ruthless and remorseless gang members, then ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ is the ideal movie date for you this weekend. Although a tad long in terms of duration, the movie seeks to travel the less trodden path and intends to give you a peep into the expletives of desi gang wars.

Trailer: Gangs of Wasseypur

Panning over three generations, the film runs along the thread of an excellently crafted narrative that begins with the heroics of one Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) who gets killed tragically at the hands of a Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), the owner of a coal mine in the Wasseypur region near Dhanbad. The murder becomes a seed sown in the mind of his son Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai) who roots to avenge his father’s murder and declares that he would never grow his hair back until he realizes his objectives.

As years pass by, Ramadhir Singh turns into an influential political leader with an overpowering mining clout while Sardar Khan grows up to become a cold blooded gang lord who attains sensual pleasures in his two wives – Nagma (Richa Chaddha) and Durga (Reema Sen). The third generation in this revenge saga is brought to light by Kashyap with the introduction of Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Definite Khan (Zeishan Qureishi) as the two sons from two wives of Sardar Khan. By the end of first half, the setting becomes clear, the dots stand ready to be connected, just waiting for the nib of the pencil to arrive.

As the film races towards the climax, the audiences can literally feel the cinematic brilliance of Anurag Kashyap as he weaves the story in such fantastic fashion that each and every reel manages to surprise and befuddle you. If you thought blood and gory violence is all there is in the film, you are sorely mistaken. The humor in the screenplay has been so completely interspersed in the movie that it all sounds and looks completely natural. The choice of the cast could not have been better as they instead of acting, simply live through the film. Manoj Bajpai is the name that stands out without any opposition. From the shrewd politician in ‘Raajneeti’, he seems to be getting better with each passing day and portraying his characters with absolute finesse. Nawazuddin Siddique, Richa Chaddha and Tigmanshu Dhulia have all such lofty screen presence that heightens the overall appeal of the movie. Music and background score by Sneha Khanwalkar also blends really well with the film’s plot. The only negative that could be said about the film is its duration and perhaps the convoluted plot with the rivalries, relationships and loyalties.

Arriving in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed box office disaster Shanghai, Gangs of Wasseypur is a war-cry on the part of Kashyap to promote movies that resound with cinematic and acting brilliance. It is a fervent beseech to the movie-goer masses to accept quality films like these along with the predicted hit masala madness of Rowdy Rathore. Anurag Kashyap strives to cross the barriers of clichéd movie-making and present another flabbergasted wave of new age cinema.

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