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Gangs Of Wasseypur  (2012 - Hindi)

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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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  • Collage of Rural felony …

    Gangs Of Wasseypur rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 22 Jun 2012)

    Anurag Kashyap is known for making his own identity in our Hindi Cinema. His films have been path-breaking and have portrayed for us plenty of unexplored genres which were missing in our films. Be it his best works like ‘Black Friday’, the unreleased ‘Paanch’, an Out-and-Out director’s film ‘No Smoking’, a political drama like ‘Gulaal’ or his popular film ‘Dev D’, all these films have something special and unseen for our Indian audience. His latest venture ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ features the tales of rural gang wars taking place in heartlands of India. It’s a challenging job, for a director known for his connection with World Cinema and as a maker of Urban films, to venture into this unknown territory which is known mostly for either Dacoit type cinema or films based on Naxalites or some political drama or for Bhojpuri films. Let’s find out whether this rural – urban connection works out.

    Story is based on real happenings from Wasseypur, a small town near the heart of Indian coal mines – Dhanbad. The film starts with pre-independence era till the millennium era. On paper, the story might sound like a typical family revenge drama starting from killing of a goon Shahid Khan {Jaideep Ahlawat} by his employer Ramadhir Singh {Tighmanshu Dhulia}. As time moves on, his son Sardar Khan {Manoj Bajpai} decides to avenge his father’s killing along with his uncle {Piyush Mishra} and Colleague Azgar {Jameel Khan}. The whole movie is about the rise and fall of Sardar Khan and the Prologue attached to it. As the story is based mostly over the real happenings, thus at times it takes a documentary format too, but thanks to the screenplay and some fantastic performances one does not get lost or bored in this docu-drama. The movie boasts of some superb scenes like The opening titles, Killing of Shahid Khan, Petrol Pump robbery, Manoj’s bonding with his wife {Richa Chadda}, Manoj slapping Tigmanshu’s son, Richa Chadda training her son, Manoj–Reema track, Pankaj Tripathi threatening a cop, Trauma of Manoj’s Family, The whole ‘Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki’ track, Manoj’s elder son {Vineet Singh} getting hit , Nawazuddin’s gun dealing, Vineet Sings marriage scenes including Yashpal Sharma singing ‘Salaam E Ishq’ and the climax track.

    On the flip side, as said earlier, the movie starts with lots of facts and happenings which give you a very documentary-type feel. Also, the film is a bit lengthy and in between just keeps hanging on without the story moving any further. Once the whole slow track of Shahid Khan is over, the movie runs on a fast pace with Manoj’s story. Wish the makers had kept that pace on and finished the first part with some 10-15 mins of crisp editing. Camerawork is of top notch and one will feel that they are transcended to the rural happenings of Wasseypur. The shot division and camera locations are mind-blowing.

    Music by Sneha Khanwalkar is fantastic blend of modern and folk music. The movie starts with a less popular but fantastic song ‘Ek Bagal’ by Piyush Mishra followed by hard hitting ‘Keh ke Lunga’. ‘O Womaniya’ is quite catchy song placed fantastically in the film at right time. ‘Hunter’ is like an item song which comes in between as a relief in the hard hitting drama. ‘Na Mili Hai’, ‘Manmoji’, ‘Pelha’ and others keeps the narration going. ‘Bihar Ke Lala’ comes towards the climax, which is a fantastic way to tribute Manoj Bajpai’s character. Wish its length had been little more. Background music is superb and does full justice to the film.

    Anurag Kashyap’s last film ‘The Girl In Yellow Boots’ was too arty and Pseudo-Intellectual, thus a disaster. But out here he brings in a docu-drama with the most popular language coating. This gives the film a local flavor with characters made out of real earth. He highly succeeds in portraying a rural story from central India which was just used for Dacoit films or Political drama or as said earlier known for Bhojpuri Films. But out here we witness the inner happenings and the way gangs & mafia operated in these districts and that too in quite a realistic and hard-hitting manner. He does not compromise over the dialect, swear-words, characters and even gory scenes as they go perfect with the film. Also do notice his minute detailing and finesse in selection of characters. For e.g. Manoj Bajpai’s fathers role is done by Jaideep Ahlawat or the younger Nawazudin or Younger Tighmanshu and more, they all match so much with their main protagonist. Such detailing is missing in our cinema. The only place where the director comes under negative marking is the middle part of the film where the film just lingers around and one has to wait for something to happen. He should have trimmed those parts and kept the story moving. Also the silence of Tighmanshu’s character towards most part of the film does not go well with the film, as at most times it was just a one sided tale. Hope part-2 does justice to this negative point.

    Manoj Bajpai is fantastic as Sardar Khan. This character will be another feather in his cap. You will find everything {Revenge, Lust, Maniac, beastly, Revolting, malignant, Lover, etc} in his body-language, mannerisms and most importantly, his eyes. The moment he is out of the frame, the tempo falls down. Check out the promo of Gangs Of Wasseypur part 2, where he is not there and find the difference. Tighmanshu Dhulia is superb in the villainous role. Richa Chadda is fantastic and so is Jameel Khan. Full marks to Pankaj Tripathi, Vipin Sharma, Vineet Singh, Reema Sen and Piyush Mishra for their flawless performances. Nawazuddin is good, but not at his best. Hope this underplayed track of his is explored perfectly in the part 2, where he is the main protagonist. Huma Qureshi looks cute; Yashpal Sharma's cameo is nice. Jaideep Ahlawat is outstanding. All other actors connect very well to their characters.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hai, kaafi Dum hai for all those who love different type of cinema and feast on hardhitting docu-dramas. Anurag fails at the mass-level as they might find a huge disappointment as except the rural flavor they might not connect with the film at all. Ram Gopal Verma too followed the same strategy with his films like Satya/Company, which were quite hard hitting, fine cinema with a dash of Local flavor, but at some point the mass did connect with it. This movie has loads of swear words {Around 11-12 different types} which goes fine with the characters and happenings, but are not as hard hitting as they appeared in films like Bandit Queen or Omkara or even a short film called ‘Gaali’ which is making history on YouTube channels. Still, all said and done, kudos to Anurag Kashyap for showing us a different side of these parts of India and giving us a fantastic collage of Rural felony with some fantastic performances {Especially Manoj Bajpai}. Do not miss if you have cravings to watch something different or a strong liking for hard hitting films.

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