Gangs of Wasseypur

gangs-of-wasseypurGenre: Action | Year: 2012 | Duration: 150 mins | Director: Anurag Kashyap | Trailer: HERE | Language: Hindi | My rating: 4.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: “Sardar Khan [Manoj Bajpai]: Us harami ko hamein mitana hai. Goli nahi marenge saale ko. KEH KE LENGE USKI.”

Anurag Kashyap’s crime drama Gangs of  Wasseypur starring Manoj Bajpayi (truly outstanding as Sardar Khan), Richa Chadda (as Nagma Khatoon), Reema Sen (as Durga), Piyush Mishra (as Nasir, the narrator of the story) among 370 others, portraying immoral criminals is a story of emergence of coal mafia in Bihar from pre-independence 1941 moving forward through three generations. I quite liked Kashyap’s style of short scenes, several in number and often a series of montages taking the story forward continuously maintaining the intrinsic impact of the story. Kashyap’s use of dark humor to judiciously propagate violence bears an uncanny similarity to Quentin Tarantino’s style of film making, though he never allows his influences override the distinct Indian color and the local Bihari flavor of language, environment, diction and character.

Sardar Khan is an anti-hero protagonist who finds it difficult to go without sexual release, yet he is tender at heart for the people he really cares about. Sardar has four sons from Nagma Khatoon and one from Durga. Each son has a different story apportioned to them. Sardar’s oldest son Danish Khan takes the rein over from his father. Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who is a useless drug addict, gets a sudden transformation from a die hard film fan and a pot smoking idler to a responsible family man. Faizal falls for Mohsina (Huma Quraishi), and this romantic track gives the movie a refreshing change. Because of the length of the movie, Gangs Of Wasseypur is being released in two parts. While the first released part explores this revenge saga, the second part (scheduled for August 10 release this year) will deal with the money squandering lobbyists, turning into foolhardy gangs overnight.

This gritty, exciting, violent, must-watch movie with outstanding music and full of dry & dark humor is a must watch.

About Manu Mayank
I work as an International development professional. My interests include reading, writing, traveling, movies, music, cosmology, collecting stamps, matchboxes, and rocks, mentoring, coffee, and computer games, among many more.

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