Anurag Kashyap’s epic, selected for Directors’ Fortnight Cannes 2012, charts the decades-long conflict between two families involved in coal mining and organised crime in Wasseypur, in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Having more in common with the films of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola than the Indian cinema we are accustomed to, Gangs of Wasseypur is an exhilarating tale of vengeance – a thrilling, beautifully shot and extremely violent journey tracing the feud between mining magnate and politician Ramadhir Singh and the Khan family, from colonial to contemporary times. Ramadhir takes on three Khan generations beginning with the industrious Shahid Khan, then his philandering son, Sardar Khan, and then Sardar’s dope-addled son Faizal Khan. (We note the passage of time through the Bollywood films the family loves to watch.) The Khans are traditional gangsters: aggressive, brutal when necessary and flashy. Ramadhir Singh is more subtle and strategic. Referring to his rivals, he says, “Every fucker’s got his own movie playing inside his head. Every fucker is trying to become the hero of his imaginary film. As long as there are fucking movies in this country people will continue to be fooled.”
In Part 2, Wasseypur has changed, with a new generation of gangsters using increasingly sophisticated methods to fleece the state and rig elections. At the centre of this labyrinthine criminal empire is Faizal Khan, the druggie son of Sardar Khan. Faizal must fend off the young pretenders eager to muscle in on his turf, but through all the manoeuvring he remains set on one target: the wily Ramadhir Singh. —Sydney Film Festival
Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. As a director, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Bombay bombings, followed by No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009) and Gulaal (2009). As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award-winning Satya (1998) and the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film Water (2005).
In 1999, Kashyap won the Best Screenplay award for Satya at the Star Screen Awards. The next year, his short film Last Train to Mahakali won the Special Jury Award at the same awards. His feature film debut Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (2005), and was a nominee for the Golden Leopard (Best Film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival (2004). Recently, he announced his association with Tumbhi where he and his team will make 6 short films for Tumbhi and start his blog with them as well… read more
The completion of a multi-generational crime dynasty story which leaves room for more believe it or not but leaves everything in a satisfactory place. A little lighter than the first film it still shows that history repeats itself and legacies and vendettas continue in some shape or form. Plus the shootout at the end was pretty good.
Personally feel it's a better film than Part I - and craftwise, the peak in Kashyap's career till date. But it earns its irony too easily, and inspite of being pretty entertaining, really doesn't hit home. Kashyap's shirking away from a moral/emotional ground ensures that it'll be a guilty pleasure to return to, only because it's too goddamned well-made.
Strong and a very entertaining follow-up to the first part. It's only problem is it can't decide whether to choose style over substance. Result is it ends up being neither the ultra-violent Kill Bill Vol.1 it often aims to be nor does it end up being as conceptually strong Part 1. Leaves a little hollow feeling after it's over.