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Gangs Of Wasseypur 2  (2012 - Hindi)

Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 cumulative rating: 3.5 out of 53.5/5 (153 users)

Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 critics rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2/5 (19 critics)

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Gangs of Wasseypur II' is overlong, tiring

Showered with bullets in an elaborately staged coup at a highway gas station, Sardar Khan (a mercurial Manoj Bajpai) succumbs to his wounds. At his funeral, grief-stricken wails are comically drowned out by a singer belting out Yaad teri aayegi on a microphone, his fingers maintaining tempo to the beats. Almost immediately, Gangs of Wasseypur II transports us back to that whimsically violent world that Anurag Kashyap first introduced usmore

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR was an expansive, energetic, ragingly determined work of film-making, which hit the right notes. It marked the return of Anurag Kashyap to movies he's synonymous with: manically mannish, zealously authentic. It was not so much about the criminals as much as it was about people who were thrust into hooliganism. The moment has arrived for the subsequent chapter of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR to unfurlmore

For those who like their celluloid hard and bloody and full of machismo, with an overdose of bodies, butchering and bloody-bravado, welcome to blood-fest - Round Two! This time it's double the dollops of gore; two much. Booming guns and metal-shredded innards spilling gut onto the streets. More revenge and rage. More gangs and more bangs (some pistols firing from lungi covered groins) and more man-powermore

Gangs of Wasseypur II plunges straight into action, rendering the first part nearly redundant. A man dies, and revenge is sought. That is strictly all we need to know, the rest falling into place as it goes along. Backstories and complicated genealogies are frankly rather extraneous in this bloody, bullet-riddled Anurag Kashyap world, where we choose our allegiances to characters based on the movie stars they idolisemore

Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) dreamt of taking over from Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). However, Khan met his end and his son Sardar (Manoj Bajpayee) vowed to avenge his father's death. As GANGS OF WASSEYPUR came to an end, we saw Sardar tottering, after coming out from his bullet-ridden car. You don't need to be a genius to guess that he did not survive the attack orchestrated by Ramadhirmore

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR II (GOW II) opens big on expectations and mercurially high on "curiosity quotient", as its prequel (GANGS OF WASSEYPUR) was one of the most well-received film of our times. Loaded with immense gory violence, deceitful characters, eye-opening realistic facts and off-course an unfulfilled vengeance feel, this sequel will surely be the one special big-screen feast for the cine-lovers. Sneha Khanwalkar, musical brainchildmore

Barring the long runtime, one isn't quite certain whether Anurag Kashyup's idea of releasing the Wasseypur chronicle in two different parts is a good idea or bad. Bad because drawing parallels with the prequel is inevitable and in that context the sequel pales in comparison. And good idea because it makes the prequel look as a standalone superlative saga! Had the two been clubbed together, the limitations of the second would have dilutedmore

A follow-through that is shot through with flashes of brilliance

There shouldn’t have been a Part 2. This should have been the post-interval section of Gangs Of Wasseypur, carrying over, instantly, the charge of the first half. Yes, one continuous flow would have made Gangs Inc. a very long film, closing at nearly six hours. It would have challenged our notions of how long we can fill seats, without squirming or fidgeting, or thinking of escape. But it would have given us the story’s arc from beginning to endmore

Anurag Kashyap’s trigger-happy Gangs are back. Wild, wild Wasseypur is buzzing once again with the swish of daggers, the din of gunshots and the curved conversations of violent men perpetually on the edge of sanity. In years to come, Gangs of Wasseypur will, for all intents and purposes, be critically assessed as a single film. It has been split into two only by the exigencies of the movie exhibition businessmore

Kashyap’s pointless saga

There are all sorts of films. Some films make us think, bother us, while others scare, annoy or thrill us. Some films make us want to dance, while others make us howl. And then there are films, like those dreary art house creations, that suck your soul and leave you in a funk that even certain Polish directors would find difficult to endure. Gangs of Wasseypur 2 induces a sort of angst that only art films have managed so farmore

Gags of Wasseypur

It’s possible that Gangs of Wasseypur probably did not need two parts — or five hours and forty minutes — for this story to unfold. Maybe it could have taken us through the whole journey through one protagonist (like Noodles in Once Upon a Time in America or The Bride in Kill Bill) instead of remaking the same film except for the ending. Maybe it should have not used more characters than it could handle without requiring voiceover or titlesmore

The tough deal was going one up. Part 1 was a complete package. It seemed like Anurag Kashyap had poured every bit of his explosive creativity into that first film while establishing power battle in the coal-belt badlands of Dhanbad. If GOW 1 enthralled, it also left the appetite whetted. What next level would Anurag possibly scale with GOW 2, as he carries forward his saga to the next generation? Cleverly, and perhaps because he made both films as a single five-hour projectmore

A good follow-up to its predecessor but too much blood and guts overshadow the rustic charm

So you’ve seen the first part of Gangs Of Wasseypur and are curious to watch it’s epic conclusion. Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai) is dead; his mantle of vengeance is open for inheritance. Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddique) his son takes over the reins and unleashes a new kind of storm. It’s bloodier, edgier, quirkier but less engaging. The second part of Gangs Of Wasseypur is by all means a captivating revenge saga but sadly it lacks the punchmore

Bloody Desi Godfather

Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) has been assassinated by team Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) without completing the task for which he came to Wasseypur. He has succumbed to a spray of bullets leaving behind five options for vengeance ie his five children, Danish (Vineet Singh), Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Guddu, Perpendicular (Aditya Kumar) and Definite (Zeishan Quadri). Each of them is poles apart from the other. Danish loses his lifemore

If the characters tumbling out of Gangs Of Wasseypur confused you, Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 won’t be a cake walk. For the uninitiated, the prequel, GoW, ended with the death of Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee), leaving his sons to avenge his death. While Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is engulfed in the smoke of ganja, it’s up to Danish (Vineet Singh) to demand blood. But Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and Sultan (Pankaj Tripathi) get backmore

It’s back to the inhuman factor

It’s back to the inhuman factor. A thousand bullets, a slaughter count straight out of an abattoir, a finale bloodbath within the premises of a hospital – is this all believable and is it worth watching? Yes it is. Unmitigated violence happens. Anurarg Kashyap’s epic Gangs of Wasseypur is remarkable especially for its detailed unspooling of a vendetta story which revolves around feuding clans in a cash-rich township where mortal dangermore

Anurag Kashyap was absolutely right when he said that he made just one film about an imaginary badland, but at the end of the day, that one film became two films. The magnum opus that started with Gangs Of Wasseypur and traversed through a generation of baddies finally came to an end with its sequel. To be honest, Part II was much better devised and executed, giving the impression that the person who had directed the earlier moviemore

Trishul meets Deewar

While making this epical affair, one additional good thing that Anurag does is to keep Part II as much independent of Part I as possible. Though one has to admit that watching the film is best experienced when the back story is also known, it still makes for a captivating watch even if one never got a chance to see Part I.Still, while that could well be a personal choice, the fact remains that 'Gangs of Wasseypur' as a whole is a captivating piecemore

Anurag Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur II' is even better than its prequel. The complete competence with which Kashyap handles this subject is proof that he completely owned the plot and the narrative. There was so much going on in 'Gangs of Wasseypur I', that at times, it was difficult to keep track of the details but 'Wasseypur II' has enough clarity, is much better nuanced and is not as dark as the first onemore