161 Min | Action – Crime – Drama | August 2012
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Gangs of Wasseypur Review: Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious Epic Gangs of Wasseypur is a lethally long and detailed view of the life of a single gangster family and not gangs exactly. Spread across 7 decades and over three generations it tells an authentically made and wickedly enjoyable romp of violence, politics, power and sex. Gangs of Wasseypur begins in the early 40s with the genesis of the gangs getting formed between the Muslim communities of the Qureshis (Butcher clan) and the Pathans. Trying to take advantage of this divide is the local contractor of coal mines Ramadheer Singh (director Tingmanshu Dhulia).
As the Gangs of Wasseypur progresses, the three groups transition from one criminal activity to another and keep slowly increasing their enmity siding with one another. The Coal mafia point is lost midway and the criminal activities start ranging from human trafficking to even fisheries extortion. What strikes from the word go is the sheer realism of the ganglands of Bihar from nearly perfect performances of the very believable Bihar characters, to the dress sense punctuated by what is an almost unheard of in your face soundtrack made up of local Bihari hits mixed in modern sounds, this is Anurag’s best in terms of art direction (maybe only bettered by his far superior Black Friday).
Sardar Khan’s Feisty wife Nagma (played perfectly by Richa Chaddha) ends up having more screen space than the main antagonist Ramadheer Singh (who could have been a tour de force). In the end of Gangs of Wasseypur Ramadheer Singh comes across more as a weakling against a thug like Sardar Khan. A little hard to believe considering he’s been a landlord for a long time and is a politician to boot. It is undoubtedly a masterstroke in terms of gritty depiction of the ganglands but it could easily have been a lot crisper and stayed a little true to its title.