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Movie Review- Gangs Of Wasseypur is a must watch!

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Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 13:03 [IST]

Gangs Of Wasseypur is India's answer to Quentin Tarantino. The film does not have a single dull moment. Realism has always been Anurag Kashyap's forte, but in a manner which Anurag has referenced violence using the ironic characters with breathless pace makes Gangs Of Wasseypur an exhilarating edgy movie experience. The movie is an epic tale of revenge, set against the backdrop of the rural coal-mining communities in Jharkhand and Dhanbad.

Thanks to critically acclaimed and successful films like Vicky Donor, Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar, the parallel cinema has once again got his place in the heart of the audience. Gangs Of Wasseypur is another such film which will not disappoint you. 

Gangs of Wasseypur delivers shock and delight equally. Anurag Kashyap's gritty snapshots of contemporary India gives the movie a real feel. The movie opens with  Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhu Bahu Thi house, where Smriti Irani (Tulsi) is inviting us into her happy home. Before the camera pulls out, the television is silenced by a gunfire. Within seconds, from the fantasy world of soap opera, Anurag will take us to the cruel, noisy and brutish world of reality.

There's unabashed blood, lot of abuse and curse words in Gangs Of Wasseypur, but it will not look forced and is aptly used when the situation demands. Manoj Bajpai has done an outstanding work in Gangs Of Wasseypur and after Satya this is one of his most memorable performances. Also, the cinematography of Rajeev Ravi is commendable.

Story

Gangs Of Wasseypur starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Shabana Azmi and Reema Sen, tells the story of three generations of a family and the bloody rivalry between the Qureshis and Khans. The narrator of the movie Nasir (Piyush Mishra) takes us through the story from 1940 to 2004.

Capitalist-turned-politician Ramadheer Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) kills Sardar Khan's (Manoj Bajpai) father. Since then, Sardar Khan has only one aim in life, to take the revenge of his father's death.

Sardar's character in Gangs Of Wasseypur is both serious and humorous. His hands does not shake a bit while killing someone, but the same Sardar gets beaten up by his wife at home. He has two women in his life - The foul mouthed Nagma (Richa Chadha) and shrewish Durga (Reema Sen). These two women are the only ones who can control Sardar.

Sardar has four sons from Nagma and one from Durga. Each son has a different story apportioned to them. Sardar's oldest son Danish Khan takes the rein over from his father. Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who is a useless drug addict, gets a sudden transformation from a die hard film fan and a pot smoking idler to a responsible family man. Faizal falls for Mohsina (Huma Quraishi), and this romantic track gives the movie a refreshing change. 

Gangs Of Wasseypur is made in two parts. While the first part explores this revenge saga, the second part will deal with the money squandering lobbyists, turning into foolhardy gangs overnight.

Music

The soundtrack of Gangs Of Wasseypur is composed by Sneha Khanwalkar. There are no lip-sync in the movie. However, the songs are catchy, enjoyable and are placed strategically and according to the situation. Though hard to decide which is the best one, 'O Womaniya' and 'Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Lala' certainly stand out, 'Kehke Lunga' is also a good number.

Verdict

Gangs Of Wasseypur is a gritty, hellishly exciting film which stings and screams. It is definitely not for the faint hearted and fantasy lovers. It is Anurag Kashyup's one of the most impressive and brilliant works, at par with Black Friday.

On the whole Gangs Of Wasseypur is a must watch as it symbolises the fearless Indian cinema!

Star Cast- Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Shabana Azmi and Reema Sen

Director- Anurag Kashyap

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