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Gangs Of Wasseypur  (2012 - Hindi)

Gangs Of Wasseypur cumulative rating: 3.1 out of 53.1/5 (221 users)

Gangs Of Wasseypur critics rating: 3.15 out of 5 3.15/5 (20 critics)

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Gangs of Wasseypur is an ambitious, sprawling saga about the coal mining mafia in Bihar. Three generations of Khan men carry on a blood feud that starts in 1941 and will continue in Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2, which is set in contemporary times. These are men without a moral compass, living in a lawless land. The actors — Jaideep Ahlawat playing Shahid Khan, Manoj Bajpayee playing his son Sardar Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing his son Faizalmore

On the surface, Gangs of Wasseypur is a revenge saga, a tableau of vengeance between generations of gangsters. Scratch that surface and you’ll discover more than just a grim portrait. Director Anurag Kashyap decides to tell this story his way, infusing it with moments of sly wit that give the blood-soaked drama irresistible color. This is gang warfare set in the badlands of Dhanbad's Wasseypur district, but tinged with humor and heightened by musicmore

Anurag Kashyap is in receipt of enthusiastic evaluations for GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, prior to the film's theatrical release in India. Subsequent to its unveiling at Cannes this year, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR has harvested buoyant acknowledgment, is fervently anticipated and highly estimated. The film has been prized by assessors for its authoritative and engaging plot, vengeance being its nucleus subject matter. The stripes connecting mainstream, conventional, profit-making cinemamore

It is a man’s world, Anurag Kashyap’s latest film is, but it is the ‘womaniya’ who fire life into the Gangs of Wasseypur. They don’t wear yellow boots or sport technicoloured wigs but their stares have the gamchhaas sweating in every hue. They make an otherwise rambling revenge rampage crumple and secure a snug spot around the sexy midriff. The men are not the problem, the number of men is. To attach epic proportions to his gangster sagamore

This one's a gang bang. Sorry, make that a gang bang-bang; because that's how this story explodes - with bullets, blasts and bust-ups. Throw in gallons of blood, body-counts and 'boom-boom', true Bihari ishtyle. It doesn't need coal to fuel this revenge drama. It fires on Anurag Kashyap's penchant for the dark, dubious, deadly and daring. Starting in 1941, in the dusk of colonial India, in Wasseypur (Dhanbad), the land of coal and scrap trade, simmers an age-old hatredmore

Audiences in India will see in two parts what audiences at Cannes watched and gaped at for over five hours. As Smriti Irani’s Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi character welcomes us into director Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus Gangs of Wasseypur I, little do we realise we are going to get sucked into a vortex of heady violence, twisted fates and tales of vengeance. From the cheesy ‘rishto ke bhi roop badalte hain’ to the sound of raining bullets, the paradox is inescapablemore

Smriti Irani's ridiculously bovine grin welcomes us to the Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhu Bahu Thi house, introducing us to the saccharine-soaked members of the smiley family, before the camera pulls out and the television is silenced by gunfire. And more gunfire. As Pankaj Tripathi's Sultan leads a group of marauders through twisty side-streets, Anurag Kashyap's film has, within seconds, evolved from soap opera to First Person Shooter. We're jolted into its noisy, brutish worldmore

Gangs of Wasseypur is a delightful film. It has a grand plot, lots of interesting characters, and an epic canvas. Even as a revenge drama, it is culturally rooted, detailed in its descriptions of caste politics and social and sexual dynamics. It is gritty and gory, subtle and shocking. It is irreverent and profane but very, very interesting. Manoj Bajpai shines as Sardar Khan, managing to be complacent and curious, caring and ruthless, charming and meanmore

This movie belongs to Anurag Kashyap but Tigmanshu Dhulia walks away with the accolades. Those who have worked with Dhulia narrate how he enacts every scene, the way he sees the character, before canning the shot. Making his acting debut after showing his finesse behind the camera, Dhulia's performance is a lesson in motion. Even his slightest body movement, speaks a thousand words. As Ramadhir Singh, around who the story revolves, Tigmanshu steals the thundermore

Right from its long opening sequence where a gang relentlessly showers bullets and bombs at the haveli of their rival gang, with inhuman intentions to terminate everyone from woman, kids to elderly, Anurag Kashyup establishes the tone, temperament and texture of his gritty gang-war drama. In terms of its story, Gangs of Wasseypur seems like a basic revenge drama. But in terms of its screenplay, there is not a single scene in the film that might give youmore

Gangs Of Wasseypur is a sprawling, exuberant, ferociously ambitious piece of film making, which hits most of its marks. It reunites Anurag Kashyap with exactly the kind of style he is most comfortable with : hyper masculine, hyper real, going for the jugular. It's not so much about gangs, as about men who are pushed into 'gangstergiri' as a thing to live by ; as you go along, you see that Wasseypur is not just a place, but a state of mind, which roars and strikesmore

Rollicking and riotous aren’t adjectives one normally associates with a gangster film. But that is precisely what Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur is. The smartly filmed vendetta saga tosses and turns convulsively from one shootout to another as a bunch of amoral human bloodhounds sniff around for their next kill in a volatile, lawless landscape. The unbridled violence and fetid language – the expletives fly as thick and fast as the bulletsmore

It’s vaultingly ambitious. Striving to be a Gangster-e-Azam, it’s set against the backdrop of the Dhanbad coalmines from the British Raj era and India’s Independence to the reign of the saas-bahu soapy serials. In an extensive prologue — using strong black-and-white images as well as documented archival footage — co-writer and director Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, instantly challenges the viewer’s expectations. Evidently, Kashyap is determined to narratemore

Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious gangster saga is a trippy outburst of vivid characters reeking of revenge, deep-seethed rivalries blended with an off-kilter soundtrack and clever dialogue. Although, self-indulgent in parts the film manages to say a lot in approx 160 minutes of runtime. Working on a similar template as Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972), Gangs of Wasseypur lacks the polished story-telling but in entirety makes for a decent Indianised versionmore

The basic idea of the movie might sound antique with gangs, revenge and counter revenge. However, this one pushes the envelope to go beyond known boundaries with louder, darker and more disturbing treatment that gouges realism from secretive rural India. The story might have time travelled to the pre-Independence era but the way it’s treated, by adding contemporary appeal to the music or even the humour, gives it a compelling appealmore

Gangs Of Wasseypur is a sprawling, exuberant, ferociously ambitious piece of film making, which hits most of its marks. It reunites Anurag Kashyap with exactly the kind of style he is most comfortable with : hyper masculine, hyper real, going for the jugular. It's not so much about gangs, as about men who are pushed into 'gangstergiri' as a thing to live by ; as you go along, you see that Wasseypur is not just a place, but a state of mind, which roars and strikesmore

In typical mind boggling Anurag Kashyap style, the movie begins with the opening sequence of the once-famous daily soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. With Bihar, and later Jharkhand, turning out to be a jackpot for coal, the mining mafia hold the area to ransom. Under the guise of the infamous dacoit Sultana Daku, Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) begins looting trains. Shahid gets exiled from the village when the furiousmore

Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur is an epic story of coal mafia littered with bullet-ridden bodies and bathed in blood. Over five hours long and divided into two parts, the first segment opens theatrically today with the sequel to follow at the end of this year. This reviewer watched the films at Cannes in May, where Kashyap screened both parts, punctuated by a 20-minute interval, in the Directors’ Fortnight, a programme which runs alongside the 12-day annual film festivalmore

Every director worth their shot knows that there are two ways of making a film – a film that you want to see or a film that your audience wants to see. Some of the most well-known filmmakers – at some point of time started making films for themselves and stopped thinking what the audience demanded from them. That's a reason why some of the most respected classics are actually miserable flops at the box office.more

One of the reasons why Slumdog Millionaire was a global explosion was because it meticulously recorded and reported on the underbelly of Mumbai in a way that you could not just see but also experience the proceedings on the screen. This doesn’t mean that when you go to watch ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, the usher would come and stab you silly or the popcorn vendor would hold a bucket to your chest to buffer the sound of a pointblank firemore