Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chaddha, Reemma Sen, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Huma Qureshi
Ratings: *** (3 out of 5)
In terms of its story, “Gangs of Wasseypur” seems like a basic revenge drama.
According to source – The movie is stylised from the start. It opens with Smriti Irani’s Tulsi inviting us into her happier-than-happy home, as the saccharine Kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thhi track plays. Next, something happens that makes us jump out of our seats and gawk at the screen. Typical of the genre it aspires to, the film begins in medias res (in the middle of things), and then drags us back to 1940, where the narration begins.
The movie also symbolizes the fearless new Indian cinema that shatters the clichés and conventional formulas, something which Anurag Kashyap has come to be acknowledged for. It has all the trappings of an entertainer, but with a difference. The film prides itself with substance that connects with enthusiasts of new-age cinema – As per the reports.
Manoj Bajpai, in this fully loaded role, is spectacular. He gustily brings to life Sardar Khan, peaking his performance with devilry, crudity and cuss words, while ably toning it with comic moments and a human touch. Truly, a raw diamond in this coal mine.
This first of a two-part film, is ambitious indeed; showing promise of brilliance in parts, but not bullet-proof to flaws. Overall the movie is relentless in its ability to entertain, and that’s possible purely because of highly accomplished film-making.