A huge spoiler alert to all the Weak Hearts, women and all those masala loving Ready and Bodyguard loving folks out there!! Don’t even dream of watching Gangs of Wasseypur. It would just play and convolute your minds upside down and possibly give you a heart attack and cause nightmares!
The movie is by far the most Crude, gory, realistic, earthly and brash piece of cinema to be made in India. The language, the violence, the blood, the setting, the story is something you have never ever seen in Bollywood.
Anurag Kashyap’s uncompromising piece of cinema uses the hostile terrain of Dhanbad and Wasseypur and weaves it with enough drama and political and family tension to give Martin Scorsese movie a run for its money! A gang of Wasseypur is the Gangs of New York and Godfather of India!
Right at the start, we see an extreme close-up of a television screen showcasing Smriti Irani chanting the title track kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Baahu thi. The quintessential bahu goes on to sing a verse which roughly translates as “Relations keep changing. One generation appears on the foreground the older one fades into the background because every dog has his day!” And not until the very end of the movie do you understand the true essence of having this verse at the start of the movie. As GOW plays out from generation to generation, a revenge saga rummaging on since 1941 to 2004. Generations of blood and hatred being carried on. The director brings forth a vicious tale of ever-changing power equation, dirty politics and gruesome legacy that is passed on from one generation to the other.
As the bahu keeps on the chant, the camera zooms out and gives the full view of a room with a bunch of village bumpkins engrossed in catching up their daily dose of saas-bahu drama. And then, unexpectedly, bullets start showering from nowhere. The sudden blitzkrieg disturbs you, but it prepares you for the things to follow. A chain of events that are brilliant, multifaceted and highly absorbing.
To write a complete detail of the storyline here is highly impossible and would be wrong on my part as the story is meant to seen on screen, it’s supposed to be felt on screen, to truly understand the progression of the characters, the changes and fire that burns in them can only be understood once you watch it on screen. Still I would try write a small synopsis of the movie.
Sardar Khan (played by Manoj Bajpayee) is the focal point of this film, whose only aim in life is to avenge the death of his father at the hands of the capitalist-turned-politician Ramadheer Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Well that’s it! That’s all am revealing now! Saying anything more would be injustice to the writer and director!
The entire cast of the film has delivered a commendable performance. Manoj Bajpayee’s corrupt, immoral and vicious character stays with you well after the film is over. The 44-year-old has delivered the best understated performance of his career. Tigmanshu Dhulia makes a fine acting debut as scheming Ramdheer Singh. It’s hard to believe the director of movies like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb, Biwi and Gangster can play a role like this so effortlessly! He is the biggest revelation of the movie. Rimi Sen, has precisely 10 sentences to speak in the entire movie but she is positively seductive and sensual! The rest of the cast is absolutely spot on!
There’s no hero or villain here, every character has a rough edge to it. Also in the movie not one single character is given more weightage over the other, everyone gets his or her share to shine.
Kudos to Anurag Kashyap! Not a single movie of his is anything less than brilliant. His career is emblazoned with movies like Paanch, Black Friday and tele series Last train to Mahakali! And now add GOW to that list as well.
To handle such a complex movie with such an ease is truly awe inspiring! The way he handles the characters and the settings, the use of violence, the music, the camera work and his screenplay is spot on! The attention to details, the settings in varied time frames, and the art direction is just flawless. Take a bow Anurag you are the real star of the movie!
There are two other stars, the first being the dialogues! They are absolutely BRILLIANT!! They are crude, comedic and hard hitting! There’s a cuss word and sly hard hitting responses every 5 minutes which is highly entertaining!
The other is the Soundtrack! Again it’s just brilliant! Sneha Khanwalker is in terrific form here, mixing the rural folk songs and witty lyrics, with an urban and techno undertone. Songs like O Womaniya and Kehke Loonga are foot tapping and stay on.
That said there’s just one flaw in the second half, which could be overlooked, GOW part 2 would be as Kick Ass as this one! The director gets a tad bit self-indulgent towards the end, scenes that could have been edited out, which have no real meaning in the actual course of the movie stay, and that plays with the tempo of the movie. The first half is fast and engrossing but the second half lacks the boost and plays out as if it’s the lull before the storm that is about to unleash in GOW 2! And the climax does suggest that!
It takes patience, and a strong stomach to watch a movie like Gangs of Wasseypur. Not everyone would like and appreciate it. I saw a couple of family’s walking out during the interval. It takes time to grow on you and when it does it just lingers on. Don’t know when part 2 would be releasing, but definitely cant wait for it! Watch it and Enjoy the Gangs in action…!!
Direction : 5
Acting : 5
Music : 5
Cinematography : 5
Story : 5
Dialogues : 5
Total : 5
IMDB Link : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1954470/
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