The first part of Gangs of Wasseypur, I'll admit, didn't do much for me. All the colourful language and shooting was a little 'been there, done that' (the father's half of me is from Lucknow so believe me, I've seen it all). It was long and frankly, quite boring in places. But there was a raw charm about it that stuck with me and especially the first and the last scene made me want to look forward to the next instalment of the movie. That and the fact that I genuinely expect Anurag Kashyap to change the face of the Indian cinema had me rooting for Gangs of Wasseypur like never before. And it certainly didn't disappoint! I was glued to the screen from the get go, right to the very end. I didn't want to get up for food or water or go to the loo; I didn't even want there to be an Interval!
There's nothing new about the story as such. I've seen gang movies, I've seen revenge stories and there has been no dearth of explicit language in the movies of late. But Gangs of Wasseypur II was like a grand 'this is how it's done bitches!'
Put all these factors in individual scenarios and I would hate them, especially gangster movies (they are a big no no for me). But Kashyap has put this together and nailed it. Nailed it so well that by the end of it, I wanted to get a gun myself and shoot the living daylight out of Ramadhir Singh! Kashyap makes you feel every moment, every instance. So much so that you WANT Faizal Khan to kill, no matter how non-violent a person you are.
Another statement that Gangs of Wasseypur II makes is that you don't need 'Supernova Stars' who charge crores to make a good movie. What you need is talent and I must say, there was a heap and bundles of talent oozing out form every pore of this movie! Each and every one of the actors played their role so well that I found it very easy to believe that they've lived like this all their lives! Just one tear from Richa Chadda while she sang could make your heartache and an otherwise ordinary look from Nawazuddin Siddiqui could make your hair stand on end!
But the best part about the movie is how it uses music and humour. The jokes don't try too hard, and sometimes the most simply said line makes you laugh just because of the ingenuity of its placement in the dialogue. And the music is placed in the scenes so well that it brings out the emotion of the moment. If I simply tell you that I loved watching a brutal shoot out to a hilariously worded Bihari song youd think I had lost it. But watch it WATCH IT!! It's simply brilliant!
And the songs oh the songs! It's been a really really long time since I heard the soundtracks of a Bollywood movie and said, 'this is amazing'! When I fist heard the soundtracks as they were released I wasn't impressed much. The only song that I liked was 'Chi Cha Leather', but by the end of the movie I just couldn't figure out what had hit me!
So to sum it up, Gangs of Wasseypur II is one movie that you just should not miss. In fact Im going to go out on a limb here and say that its the best movie made since 3 idiots. And though I'm tempted to say that its better than the first part I think it's hardly fair. GOW II is a part of the whole and quite frankly, it's almost like the second half after the interval. And thats the reason why I'm giving the movie 4 stars instead of 5 (the first part really does bring down the GOW experience as a whole but just a tiny bit).
Here's to hoping that Anurag Kashyap never stops giving us masterpieces like these!