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7.6
/10
191 Ratings

Gangs of Wasseypur: Part I

Directed by Anurag Kashyap
India, 2012
Drama, Crime, History
  • Hindi
  • English

Synopsis

The film is about the coal mafia in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. It is set across three generations and six decades.

Gangs of Wasseypur: Part I Directed by Anurag Kashyap
The violence is at times so flamboyant that you gasp: when Faizal dispatches a betrayer, the killing is seen in silhouette from behind, amid sprays of gore, accompanied by a soundtrack of hacking, slicing, and a final heart-stopping thunk, before Faizal lifts a severed head aloft. This is where gangster cinema shades into the amplified register of gods-and-demons myth, or Jacobean tragedy. But there’s little psychological or emotional finesse, or narrative modulation.
January 16, 2015
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The Indian mob saga “Gangs of Wasseypur” is a frequently spectacular achievement: five hours — and then some — of gliding camera moves, brutal action and dizzying revenge plotting, often set to a peppy pop music backbeat. The violence is graphic and the innuendo raunchy… Although the narrative contains echoes of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” — and perhaps “Casino” — “Gangs” lacks the poetry and character interest of those films.
January 15, 2015
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A cheeky repudiation of Bollywood tradition, director-cowriter Anurag Kashyap’s gangster saga is a little bit Tarantino, a little bit Coppola, a little bit Scorsese, and ultimately all his own. The two-part, five-hour-plus Gangs of Wasseypur charts the bloody rise and fall of three generations of the gangster Khan family while providing a crash course in Indian politics from shortly before independence to the present.
January 14, 2015
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