Anurag Kashyap directed ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ was released today on 22nd June 2012. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddique, Jaideep Ahlawat, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the lead roles.
Central location of the film, Wasseypur is an actual place in the Dhanbad district in Jharkhand.
‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ has been made in two parts. And this is we are discussing about the first part.
The film opens with gun firing which directs right at the beginning that you are going to watch a film with lots of action, gang war, battle or at least gun shots. The film’s basic instinct is revenge.
The movie received an 'Adults Only' certificate. It is also not for the family audience mostly for its abundance of violence scenes. But definitely the film is rich with acting, research and cinematography.
The story is something like this. In the time of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains. Cut to… Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to prompt revenge a battle that passes on to generations. Now, Shahid's son, Sardar Khan is on the verge of getting his father's honor back, tries to become the most feared man of Wasseypur.
The film has tried to portrait the condition of the cities with the coal and scrap trade mafia. It is not wrong to say that Good characterization is strength of the story which best reflects in GOW.
The director has given historical reference. It adds authenticity to the story. But the effort to make it as detailed and authentic as possible made it slightly tedious. The over caution made to keep the authenticity of the film makes it slightly uninteresting and gives the feel of a documentary film.
The first half is terrific. Scenes like the fist fight between Shahid Khan and pehelwaan and the ‘Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki’ sequence are strong enough to steer your brain.
The dialogues like ‘Eee Wassypur hai, yaha kabutar bhi ek pankh se uadta hai, doosre se apna izzat bachata hai’ and the signature dialogue ‘Goli nahi marenge usko, keh kr lenge uski’ is acidic, witty but enchanting.
Director Anurag Kashyap's style of presenting the story is much interesting.
Cinematography of Rajiv Rai is fantastic.
Manoj Bajpayi (Sardar Khan) is outstanding. He is the man who keeps you tight to your seat at the theatre. Undoubtedly, this is one of his most memorable performances. He is funny when he smiles but equally terrifying with a knife. His dialect appears fine.
The film does not offer anything significant but good actors make the film real interesting. Also, it is not a great film but it certainly is a different film.
The film has received a good critic response and also was praised at the Cannes.