The thing with GOW2, as with the first installment, is that one cannot help admiring the way the story is told whether you like the film or not. Lengthy as the first part, this finale of Anurag Kashyap's two part gangster saga packs some solid punch.
GOW2 begins where the first part ended. No time is wasted and the story plunges into the thick of things. Faijal replaces his father as the rising gang lord of Wasseypur and the film tells his story from a drug addict good for nothing to a dreaded gang leader.
Having by now gotten the audience accustomed to the tenor and texture of his style with the first part, the director takes things to the next level with more gore and blood. Eccentric to the core, odd ball characters abound the script adding to the whackiness of the proceedings.
While the first part was all about lust, the second one has love blossoming amidst all the extra dose of blood spilling. Faijal and Mohsina's love story plays out as raw and real, bang in the middle of Wasseypur's bylanes. Anurag intersperses the story with wry humor and an explosive soundtrack that is rural, crass and beautifully used as a backdrop for some of the most gory scenes in the film. The pace is long, slackens a bit in the middle, only to pick up and grip you with its ferocity towards the climax. The death of Ramadhir singh's character is especially long drawn as a fitting culmination to this two part revenge saga.
Nawazuddin as Faijal is the pillar of this installment of the story. He is highly dramatic, menacing and yet manages to get the audiences root for him from the very beginning. Supporting him is the beautiful Hume Quereshi who immaculately plays the gangsters proud wife standing by Faijal even in his most monstrous moments. Richa Chadha as Faijal's mother is the other brilliant turn- she is controlled, poised and simmering with pain at the same time as the grieving old woman who looses her elder son and husband in quick succession.
The film suffers from the flaws of the previous part as well- too many characters, sub plots that do not find any real purpose, scenes that are pointless and indulgent and a running length that tests the viewers patience. The killing of characters gets predictable and monotonous at one point. Yet, with some very strong performances and a brilliant soundtrack, GOW2 blazes ahead to a very cold blooded climax that thrills the mind.
With excessive gaalis, blood flowing like drain water in the rains and violence that is in your face, GOW2 is not for the faint hearted. For those who can handle these, this is one hell of a finale.