With what may have been the most expected movie of the week, Anurag Kashyap disappoints with this one, no matter what others say
Movie: Gangs of Wasseypur
Cast: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, Richa Chadda, Manoj Bajpayee, Reemma Sen
Directed by: Anurag Kashyap
There are only two reasons why someone may be at a loss of words in describing a film. Either, it’s because the film was extremely well-written that a mere 250 word description wouldn’t do justice or it made absolutely no sense. Unfortunately Gangs of Wasseypur fits the latter.
Though the film begins with a clip of Smriti Irani happily welcoming everyone in the serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, it changes to the Zee Horror Show in a heartbeat with gun fire as the background score. We are introduced to the main plot of the story with the end of colonial India, where Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) impersonates the legendary Sultana Daku in looting British trains. A hot- headed man who is much too bold to be questioning the mafia that rules the feared town of Wasseypur. He eventually becomes an outcast and joins hands with Ramadhir Singh only to spur a revenge that is generations long. At the turn
of the decade, Shahid’s son, the philandering Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) vows to get his father’s honour back. What follows is a series of blood curdling violence, narrating tales of vengeance.
A movie at such a slow pace would have been well understood otherwise but the plot was weak even though it has been inspired by real life incidents. However the dialogues and the humour was what kept us to our seats. Sneha Khanwalkar’s folksy music and GV Prakash’s earthy background score is noteworthy too. If not for the storyline, I would recommend that you watch it for the actors. It’s Bajpayee’s comeback but Chadda and Dhulia give a splendid performance. From the trailer, the movie looked immensely raw, something on the lines of Black Friday which sent shivers down everyone’s spine.
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