Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Gangs of Wasseypur is a film that many have described as the definitive Bollywood thriller film shot in Hindi language that sees a lot of stars in the cast as Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai, Mukesh Chhabra, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aditya Kumar, Huma Qureshi. The film is shot in the picturesque city of Varanasi and tells almost a decade of mafia crimes in Wasseypur, a sort of saga like The Godfather in the Indian version condensed into a single, very long movie.
Anurag Kashyap's film retraces 60 years of a bloody gang war in Wasseypur, a town in the state of Jharkhand, India. With 5 hours of movie, more than 340 actors, it's an impressive and dramatic saga. The city clash sees three generations of gangsters, heirs of two clans. That of Shahid Khan, who first launched into the looting of British trains, against that of ramadhir singh, in power unchallenged over the region. Become outcast, Shahid Khan is forced to work in the mine of his worst enemy. Sardar Khan, son of Shahid inveterate skirt and racer, has vowed to restore the honor of his father by becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur.
Built as both an epic Western movie and romantic and violent gangster, Gangs of Wasseypur is a raw, sincere and captivating work that mixes modern cinema to Bollywood codes. The result is an energetic and enjoyable show, a mix of colors, blood, black humor, music, dust and love. A film that moves away from Bollywood standards while keeping the essential. It is a brutal tale where feelings kill.
Here we do not discuss, we remove, is executed, yet the pervasive violence is regularly defused by a refreshing humor and the wonderful soundtrack of the young Sneha Khanwalkar (Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!) that fits perfectly with the frenetic atmosphere of the film. The cast, no real major stars, is also very successful, Manoj Bajpai in Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the actors are charismatic and inhabit their characters with strength and passion.
If the staging is nervous and electric, the film is less opaque than No Smoking and less experimental than Dev.D the same director. The story is well constructed, with no downtime, despite a somewhat lengthy introduction and a voice-not necessarily happy. The film deserved to be shortened slightly in the first part to focus on the second and third generation.
It will not be easy for the viewer to find themselves in the multitude of characters and their interactions. This is a somewhat damaging choice for a fresco that deserved to be enjoyed in one sitting, as was the case during the 2012 Cannes Festival where the film was presented in world premiere in the "Fortnight" where he received a tremendous welcome.
Gangs of Wasseypur is a great moment of cinema, as we do not see little, a reflection of a less known India, darker and more violent than we show the most traditional cinema, which is part of a wave independent film, but that does not deny its roots, on the contrary. Hard not to think of Scorsese before the flashes of some scenes, the great popular film, without concessions, a shot of pleasing and refreshing fist.
Filmed initially as a single film of 318 minutes and well presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight, the film was later split into two parts, respectively, 160 and 158 minutes, with the reluctance of many Indian theaters to project a film so long.
Inspired by the life of some politicians accused of murder, the film deals with the mafia in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. This sweeping family saga that stretches for more than sixty years and generations to follow a vengeful feud between two families in the region of Wasseypur. Two rival families vie for control of Wasseypur. A family feud that is handed down from fathers to sons marks the rhythm of the passing years in this land rich in coal and corrupt authorities. So Anurag Kashyap, delineates the boundaries of his diptych Gangs of Wasseypur.
The family has enough of the criminal Khan who traffics successfully in coal obsessed with revenge against the eternal Ramadhir Singh, a skilled politician and criminal that he killed the founder, is a shameless aesthetic context of the New Hollywood Bollywood. After a few hours of projection, the same instant is taken from a different point of view, that marginalizes the television screen and is dedicated to minutes and minutes to the agony of "Don" Faisal Khan.
The film, divided into river two parts of equal length, tells the epic story a long that sees the opposition, in the Indian city of Wasseypur, two powerful families of gangsters, the clan Khang and that of Singh. A fight without quarter, and not because of the dominance of the activities' illegal that the two sides vie coal and disposal of ferrous material in particular, more 'a thousand other interests, when the thirst for revenge that, as a result of' treacherously killing of Shahid Khan by JP Singh, sets in motion a bloody endless series of bombings, ambushes, violent deaths, and rivers of blood.
Around these bloody events, the color of a society 'that develops in its Indian weddings purchased at the sound of banknotes, irrepressible love of a Sardar Khan, right mattore the first part, with his two wives, rivals of one o'clock 'other, will only exacerbate the tension between the two opposing factions. In a narrative in which the explosion very pleasant, rhythmic and wild indigenous songs also serve as story that is joined to a thousand stories, the film takes the time so admirable and almost five and a half hours flying away as the most charming and pulp.
At the end of British rule in India, Shahid Khan ekes out a living by attacking trains English pretending to be the legendary bandit Sultana. Discovered by Qureshi clan, including Sultana is a part, is driven, along with his pregnant wife, from the city of Wasseypur and began working as a miner for the British. After the fall of the British government after India's independence, these mines are criminally acquired by shady characters among which the name of Ramadhir Singh who, fascinated by the ability to Shahid, he decides to take him under his wing and make him her arm Right. But the thirst for power of Shahid is bottomless, as well as naive and careless.
Trusting his partner and friend Nasir of wanting to kill his boss to take his place, Shahid is inadvertently discovered by Ramadhir, who decides to send it to Varanasi to work and it does kill. The death sentence is issued for the family but is carried to safety by Nasir. With the body of Shahid below ground and believing without heirs Ramadhir feels safe and ready to continue his rise to power, handling all the mining sector through trade unions and creating a reign of terror throughout the region of Dhanbad.
Years pass and Sardar's son Shahid, became aware of the murder of his father, he decides to have his revenge, thus beginning his criminal career by robbing the means of assembling a Ramadhir and his criminal gang which in turn begins to climb the peaks of the criminal world.
Married with Nagma and had two sons, Danish and Faisal, Sardar decided to look for a woman with whom to vent their sexual frustrations. He falls in love with Durga, a young Bengali girl who decides to marry against the wishes of his first wife. The two women begin as an internal feud that will bring the family to divide further, leaving Sardar simultaneously manage their criminal life and private, with results that will be fatal.
This titanic work and highly enjoyable, almost a Godfather style Indian movie directed by Michael Mann, which emulates a Tarantino in many scenes of carnage. A film that also knows how to laugh at 'the same with a subtle irony and tear smiles and laughter contagion. You exit the room with the mind that exudes the orgy of images that we 'was pleasantly proposal, thinking that we film and' a feast for the eyes and mind, especially when you are lucky enough and bold enough to be able to run into masterpieces of the genre.