Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of wasseypur starts with violence and the theatre is filled with the explosive noise of the gunshots. The era is 1941 and the village is Wasseypur where for once the rivalry is not among Hindus and Muslims rather among Pathans and Qureshis. The looting of grains in the name of Sultana Daku by Shahid Khan(Jaideep Ahlawat) and the consequent rivalry forces him to move to Dhanbad to work in a coal mine where he is employed by Ramadhir Singh(Tigmanshu Dhulia) as his right hand man. Later Ramadhir Singh kills Shahid Khan after knowing his intentions  to snatch away the coal mines by using him as a steeping stone,from here starts the revenge saga when Shahid ’s son Sardar Khan(Manoj Bajpai) makes it his lifelong purpose to seek vengeance from Ramadhir Singh not just by killing him but slowly finishing the man. This being the main theme more and more characters are introduced and the war turns into a deadly combat with wicked conspiracies hatched on both sides. The feud between Pathans and Quereshis also grows and the families are shown to be connected by hatred and love.

Director Anurag Kashyap has made a commendable effort to turn a documentary movie into one for commercial audience by infusing moments of sly wit and humour. The film shatters the conventional formulas of film – making with its brilliant screenplay and hard hitting scenes. The songs are at perfect synchronization with the story with songs like keh ke lunga, o womaniya and hunter inserted just at the right time. The action scenes seem real  and are noteworthy.

The performances are fantastic and finely delivered. All the characters are well suited to their roles, but I particularly liked Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who presents a wonderful performance and makes an impact in the very short role. His date  with his love interest  Mohsina ( Huma Quereshi) is out-and-out hilarious and one of the best scenecs of the movie. Despite being a short and thin man and a son of a Mafia he comes out as an endearing and enigmatic character.The film has its own brand of humour portrayed in  scenes like  Sardar Khan  slapping the M.LA  in front of his father, his interaction with his wife Najma(Richa Chadda) and his lustful flirting with his mistress Durga ( Reema Sen).

The movie has its ups but due to its arduous length might not appeal to the average audience. The story after a time gets boring with too much violence and it seems as if the movie has come to a standstill. It’s a serious sort of movie and is not recommended for light watch to freshen up your mood and mind.The story might get too confusing as new characters are introduced till the very end and the viewer is throughly confused as to who is who.You might give it a shot if you really love gang wars and are willing to endure the 2 hour 40 min long movie filled with ruthless violence and abuses.It leaves you feeling unsatisfied and you wonder whether or not to go for the second part. If you are not comfortable with bodies being butchered mercilessly and blood shed everywhere, this movie is definitely not for you. Overall, it is a movie which might get good critic rating but will not be able to lure the audience.

Rating : 2.5/5







  • Layak Singh

    Nice work neha jain!