I saw Gangs of Wasseypur 2 in a back to back marathon screening following a 2nd viewing of Gangs of Wasseypur 1. By the end of 5 hrs 20 minute I got what I call a cinematic orgasm.
The last time my brain was challenged to pay attention to every single thing happening on the screen was when I had seen an almost five and half hour long film called Carlos in the theatre.
It is nothing short of a miracle that in this age of short attention span and people live tweeting while watching a film Anurag Kashyap has managed to make an extremely engaging and entertaining film that never lets your mind waver off.
If you love the hilarious chase sequence in Black Friday get ready for another one in this film. There is also a extremely funny killing sequence that very strongly reminded me of a scene from Satya.
In a way I see this film as Anurag Kashyaps tribute to Satya and Company done in his own quirky way.
Even if you dont get the details of the family dynamics and the revenge trajectory you can just indulge in the humor and scenes in this film. Like I said in my Gow1 review this is a masala potboiler at its best.
A film in which in a funeral scene you are laughing your guts surely wants you to look at death in a not so morbid way. That is the tone of the film and Anurag sets it right in the beginning.
Though its a Nawazudins film all the way in terms of performance it is Zeishan Quadri as Definte who is a scene stealer and the surprise bomb of the film.
Even though this film is filled with so many new characters still the script and the director gave even the smallest character something to make them memorable. Perpendicular, Guddu,Definite,Shamshad,Sultan are characters that will stay in your mind.
The women though have nothing much to do in the film. Richa Chaddha who was explosive in the first one doesnt age well here.
I wish this film comes as an extended cut as a miniseries on t.v. or dvd.
The use of music whether as a soundtrack or as background is what elevates it from becoming drab and dull. A small example would be the use of the remixed keh ke loonga in the climax. The moment where that song starts is goose bump inducing moment.
The film is filled with one liner and wise cracks some of it was drowned by the applause and laughter of the audience.
I am sure this film will grow on you on repeated viewings.
Word of mouth: Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2 is this decades Satya.
Rating : **** ( Very Good)
Ticket meter: worth watching at any cost