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Gangs of Wasseypur – movie review

Violence is Inherited


Gangs of Wasseypur Depicts the illegal coal trading and the coal mafia in Bihar.

The film is directed by Anurag Kashyap and it stars Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Reema Sen, Jaideep Ahlawat and Richa Chadda as main leads.

It was initially a single film of duration of five hours, but for its release in India, it is being released in 2 parts of about 2 and half hours each. Throughout the film coarse language and bloody violence is depicted.

Gangs of Wasseypur is the story of two families from Wasseypur and one from Dhanbad. Amidst the backdrop of the larger chunk of the coal and mafia activity the film depicts actual shots of sand mining. Everything in the story are the real shots.

It begins more than half a century back in the heartland of India when Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) loots British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku (Dacoit).

Sultana Daku is furious when he finds this out and Shahid gets exiled from the village.

The outcast Shahid then works as a henchman for a coalmine owner Ramadhir Singh. The owner gets a whiff of Shahid Khan’s intention or ambition to rule the coalmine someday and so Ramadhir then kills Shahid Khan.

Shahid’s son Sardar somehow escapes with his uncle Nasir (Piyush Mishra), and thus the seed of vengeance is sown deep within Sardar’s dark soul. Uncle Nasir protects the young Sardar and brings him up as Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee). The uncle gets Sardar’s hair shaved and imbibed in his mind not to grow his hair back till he has had revenge.

This sets off the revenge trail that lasts between the Khans and the Qureshis over generations. Many years later, Ramadhir is now a powerful politician, in control of the district, and here the wily and philandering Sardar becomes a ganglord and the most feared man of Wasseypur.

Wasseypur the place where mafia activity and gang war existed at a high level. The film depicts the only the gang war, but the entire story of emergence of mafia. Gangs of Wasseypur, with its realistic influences, explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamics in the states of North India and there is unabashed blood, gore and abuse to justify certain scenes.

Manoj Bajpayee as Sardar Khan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan
Piyush Mishra as Farhan
Reema Sen as Durga
Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan
Richa Chadda as Naghma
Mukesh Chhabra as Nawab Khan
Harish Khanna as Yadavji
Huma Qureshi as Mohsina
Raj Kumar Yadav as Shamshad Alam
Tigmanshu Dhulia as MLA Ramadhir Singh
Zeishan Quadri as Khan
Yashpal Sharma as Cameo
Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan
Vineet Singh as Danish Khan
Vipin Sharma as Ehsan Qureshi
Jameel Khan as Asgar
Pramod Pathak as Sultana Daku
Praveen Singh Sisodia as S.P.Sinha
Rati Shankar Tripathi as Ghanshyam
Suman Pathak as Ramadhir Singh’s Wife
Satya Anand as J.P. Singh
Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen

Producers – Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra, Guneet Monga
Director – Anurag Kashyap
Associate Director – Anubhuti Kashyap
Chief Assistant Director – Sohail Shah
Story / Writers – Zeishan Quadri, Sachin Ladia, Anurag Kashyap
Background Music – G V Prakash Kumar
Costume Designer – Subodh Srivastava
Production Design – Wasiq Khan
Action – Shyam Kaushal
Sound Design – Kunal Sharma
Editor – Shweta Venkat Matthew
Music Director – Sneha Khanwalkar
Lyricist – Varun Grover, Piyush Mishra
Cinematography – Rajeev Ravi
Associate Producer – Ajay G.Rai
Gangs of Wasseypur – movie review

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