Review- Gangs of Wasseypur
SLUG: Anurag Kashyap has made a masterpiece.
The movie, Gangs of Wasseypur directed by Anurag Kashyap was screened at 65th Cannes International Film Festival. According to me, Anurag Kashyap has paid tribute to Bollywood for its completion of 100 years of Indian Cinema by making Gangs of Wasseypur – a two-part film. We have seen many underworld, mafia, gang-war movies but Gangs of Wasseypur is the ‘baap’ of all those movies. It is all about blood, curse words, revenge and sex. It is not meant for ‘family audience’. The story is about three generations of a family who live in a small town named Wasseypur and the rivalry between Qureshis and Khans. It portrays reality of life in small crime affected towns.
The movie begins with famous daily soap ‘Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. Gradually the camera zooms out and one observes a group of people watching the daily soap. Suddenly from nowhere bullets are showered on the group of people who are watching the daily soap. This is so unexpected that it takes your breath away. The story revolves around the character Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) who is seeking revenge for his father who was killed by a coal mine contractor-cum-Wasseypur gang lord Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Sardar marries twice and has four sons from Nagma (Richa Chadda) – wife 1 and one from Durga (Reema Sen) -wife 2. Each son has its own different story in the film. It’s quite interesting to see how the story of these characters unfolds.
A lot of dark lighting and small spaces (narrow streets) are used in the movie. In addition, every scene in the movie is of short span. The scenes are not exaggerated which is why we as audience are able to concentrate in a 2 hour 40 minute long movie. Although the movie has a serious plot, Anurag Kashap has managed to portray the movie in a witty manner in form of dialogues, lyrics, actions. For instance, when Durga is charmed by Sardar Khan over her daily chores or the one where Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin) – the youngest son of Sardar Khan; goes on a formal date with Mohsina (Huma Qureshi). Some of the best dialogues from the movie which I tend to remember are: when we hear Sardar Khan announcing- ‘Humare Zindagi Ka Ek Hi Maksad Hain- Badla’ (My life has only one aim-Revenge) or ‘Uss Harami Ko Hume Mitana Hain, Goli Nahi Maarenge Saale Ke, Keh Keh Lenge Uski.’ (I have to kill that moron by my words; not by bullet) or a dialogue from Nagma – ‘Tum Ko Mooh Marna Hain? Jahan Jaana Hain Waha Jao Bas Nikalte Waqt Naha Lena Aur Khaana Kha Ke Jaana, Bhahar Jaake Bezati Na Karana.’ (You want to visit brothel? Go ahead! But make sure, you do a good job out there). In addition, the music in the movie is quite entertaining, has meaning and it adds to the proceedings. The song Hunter sung by Vedesh Sookoo, Rajneesh, Shyamoo & Munna; its lyrics are Haailooo! Hello! Hello! I Am A Hunter And She Want To See My Gun. When I Pull It Out Boy, The Woman Start To Run…… and Teri Kehke Lunga sung by Amit Trivedi and Sneha Khanwalkar; its lyrics are Ras bheege saude ka ye, khooni anjam teri keh ke loonga, Teri keh ke loonga, Khanjar se doodh gire yaan, ho katle aam teri keh ke loonga, Teri keh ke loonga…… are definitely worth listening.
The closing stage of the movie is quite attention-grabbing. Sardar Khan, lurches against the bullock cart and the wheel runs over the dropped gun, causing it to fire. Soon the text ‘To Be Continued’ emerges at the bottom of the screen. Leaving its audience with a thought – what’s next??
All these small little elements (songs, actions and dialogues) in the movie make it worth watching. The characters and the screenplay are the backbone of the movie. Every actor in the movie has acted brilliantly. I give a ‘thumbs up’ to their acting skills in the movie which makes the movie look so real. In short, Anurag Kashyap has made a masterpiece. I’m eagerly waiting for the second part of the movie.