The first half of this 5 hour 20-minute gangster epic lurches forth with ambition, establishing Bollywood Director Anurag Kashyap as perhaps the finest of all modern epic filmmakers with its huge scope and energy that ticks by breathlessly, but creates plenty of story, character, and deep insight into the interworkings of the family unit, as well as a thematic depth concerning a blood feud between the crime families.
The first part has lots of colour, moments of inspiration, pretty awesome art direction, cinematography and music. But it feels soulless. I'm hoping the second part justifies the very thrown-together-randomly feel the first part evokes.
"I have no idea how deliberately Kashyap ... set out to combine the idioms of Eastern and Western cinema, and how much that organically arose from the material. It doesn’t much matter. Explosive, violent and profane from its very first seconds, the crime epic Gangs of Wasseypur simultaneously feels like a celebration of Indian cinema and an attempt to blow it up and start over." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com 4.5 stars
7 - This one is just a hell of a good time. A bit too eager to pay tribute to genre classics (it even starts to be afflicted by many of the same cliches), but pulled off with so much energy that it's very hard to care. The soundtrack isn't used in the best way, either (except in the terrific prison and wedding scenes), but it provides a lot of flavor. The script is also sharp, and the characters suitably amoral.
Months ago MUBI played Italian gangster films from the 70s. We are all familiar with The Godfather series, and among others John Woo.
Men comment on the film, I suppose because of its violent nature. If you remove the violence and tell the same story it flows on so many levels.
The premarriage scenes dance with happiness, the singer who shows for like a Greek Chorus
Wonder what Sajit(SP?) Ray would say
this is an amazing film. anurag kashyap's "gulaal" and 2 parts of 'gangs of w..' are a must see for anyone with an interest in Indian films - they seem totally different compared to other mainstream indian cinema given the direction, style and execution. There is absolutely no cheesiness (that's usually part of mainstream Bollywood) in this one.