Plot: Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur. Staying true to its real life influences, the film explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in erstwhile Bihar (North India), in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream 'Bollywood' cinema.
Warning: I would urge you to have patience when you watch Gangs of Wasseypur. Also it is important that you pay attention and acquaint yourself wel...
Warning: I would urge you to have patience when you watch Gangs of Wasseypur. Also it is important that you pay attention and acquaint yourself well with the vast array of characters thrown at you. Failure to do so will result in much confusion and rob you of the pleasure of enjoying this crazy movie.
Gangs of Wasseypur traces the life of Sardar Khan who grows up wanting to avenge his fathers death by treachery by his employer who has now become a rich politician. Along the way, his mission gets fogged by his enjoyment of absolute power and his passion for his women. The story also starts including his children in the second half paving the way for Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 2.
The first half of the movie was very confusing and time and again I had to say Yeh kya ho raha hai? I guess it takes time to settle into the atmosphere of the film, get under the skin of the language and the place and start to enjoy the experience. There are too many battles and killings as Sultan establishes himself slowly in Wasseypur and Dhanbad and becomes the king. The first half is taken up in establishing the characters and if you pay attention here, the second half will rock you.
What worked the most for me were the romances, the women and the music. The women are gutsy and Manoj Bajpai is a persuasive lover. Later, even his sons romance makes you smile at its heartbreaking innocence. The music by Sneha Khanwalkar who had also done Love sex and Dhoka and Oye Lucky, Lucky oye adds magnificently to the texture and flavour of the movie. She uses folk tunes, mixes up other stuff with it and produces a flavour so earthy that you swoon and sway in its rhythm. Check out her show on MTV called Sound Trippin in which she travels to across India, collecting local ambient sounds and recording everyday singers and local musicians, and creating a final piece of music that resonates the feel and the sounds from that location and you will sense her expertise.
Manoj Bajpai is a superb actor anyway and here as Sardar Khan he excels himself. Richa Chadda as Najma, his first wife and Reemma Sen as Durga the second wife are both feisty and wonderful. Look out for Nawazzudin Siddiqui as the son Faizal . He was the guy who played the CBI guy Khan in Kahaani. The rest of the cast does a great job but the person who stands out is JAideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan, Sardar Khans father. HE evokes your sympathy and respect in a tiny role. No mean feat.
Definitely watch this movie. It is set to become a cult film with its mind-blowing atmosphere, crackling dialogues, minute attention to detail, a very complex story and the music. But, have patience. Gangs such as these take time to form and overpower you. view less
Being a self-proclaimed AK fanboy, I was hugely disappointed by the rather self-indulgent Yellow Boots. When I first saw the GOW promos, I knew thi...
Being a self-proclaimed AK fanboy, I was hugely disappointed by the rather self-indulgent Yellow Boots. When I first saw the GOW promos, I knew this was going to be good. But how good could it be? Barbaric, crude, violent..but oh so deliciously poetic, films like these are the reason I love cinema so much.
Taking us through from pre-independence to present day, GOW is set in Dhanbad, and in an almost Godfather space, follows a family feud over generations. It encapsulates the animosity between the Qureshis and the Pathans & their thirst for vengeance. The film starts in present day with an explosive action sequence and moves back in time to the coal mafia of the 40s. Shahid Khan(Jaideep Ahlawat) is a murdered by his boss & owner of the colliery, Ramadhir Singh(Tigmanshu Dhulia). His son, Sardar Khan(Manoj Bajpayi) vows to extract his revenge and the first part takes us through his journey doing so.
The opening shot of the film starts with Kyunki Saans bhi kabhi bahu thi & a long & winding shot takes you to flying bullets & some delectable opening credits. Part 1 is 2.5 hours long but boy its a joyride.
The fun here is that in an almost Tarantino space, Anurag infuses humour & dazzling style through the entire journey of violence. The music by Sneha Khanwalkar is bang on & is almost a character in the film. My favourite bit was the inclusion of Mithundas cult number, Kasam paida Karne waale ki.
But what this film is all about is performances. Manoj Bajpayi Cold, evil & a Joy to watch. Tigmanshu Dhulia The real find. Leave direction, Act. Nawazuddin Siddiqui Beautifully underplayed, waiting for part 2. Richha Chaddha Stupendous. Fiery & Real.
There are so many more performances to mention but its not possible to fit them here. This motley crew comes together with ultimate precision as Director Anurag Kashyap weaves his wand in an almost symphonic style. He orchestrates a massive cast in a gargantuan effort and I cant wait to watch what the second part holds in store. I cant really find too many flaws in this film other than the fact that I have to wait for a while to watch its conclusion.
For me, Gangs of Wassyepur is one of the best gangster films ever to hit Bollywood. Having chanced to see this film a few weeks back, it has been so difficult to hold back this review. Generally films of this nature dont devilishly make you smile as GOW does. Days after watching it, the film will stay in your head. I truly wish I could go watch the concluding part as I write this. Take a bow Mr.Kashyap.
It is haunting, enchanting, engaging and the best part, entertaining ..Please go watch this noir adventure as AK sets the reels on fire!!! view less