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Gangs Of Wasseypur 2
By  Taran Adarsh, 7 Aug 2012, 09:00 hrs IST
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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR was an expansive, energetic, ragingly determined work of film-making, which hit the right notes. It marked the return of Anurag Kashyap to movies he's synonymous with: manically mannish, zealously authentic. It was not so much about the criminals as much as it was about people who were thrust into hooliganism.

The moment has arrived for the subsequent chapter of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR to unfurl and as Anurag Kashyap would have it, this one is more gripping of the two. While the former fraction saw Manoj Bajpayee and Tigmanshu Dhulia's characters locking horns, the succeeding portion sees their sons cart frontward the resentment.

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 has some genuinely unusual flashes which preoccupy you even after the show has wrapped up. The fact that you carry the film back home, the fact that the characters perturb you and so does the finale only goes to demonstrate that the film has worked for you.

Wasseypur is no longer the settlement that was once fixated by the rampant war between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh. It has spawned a fresh generation of power hungry people. With unlawful actions, fraudulent administration bureaucrats, election rigging and hooliganism, the township has only gotten murkier. All and sundry are craving for a coalition with the most authoritative man of Wasseypur, Faizal Khan, whose singular aspiration, however, is to exterminate Ramadhir Singh.

Murky, menacing and petrifying and yet witty, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 is one intriguing expedition that's several notches above the foremost part. Strengthened by exhilarating acts and stimulating plot dynamics, this is a transfixing motion picture that confiscates your complete concentration. In fact, this cartridge-ridden chronicle is immensely praiseworthy and commendable for a multiple viewing, only to grasp all its fine characteristics to the optimum.

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 is attention-grabbing, spellbinding and compelling than the initial part. Along with vibrant characters, Anurag amalgamates humor skillfully in the sequence of events [note the amusing names: Definite, Perpendicular and Tangent]. It also illustrates how Wasseypur is consumed with Bollywood; they emulate hairdos and appearances of various Hindi movie heroes. While there is little doubt that GANGS OF WASSEYPUR was winning to the core, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 infuses some remarkable light moments in the narrative that reeks of vengeance and reprisal.

Director Anurag Kashyap, in his trademark pragmatic approach to story-telling, fascinatingly spins this tremendous account. However, with an elongated runtime, the movie misplaces grip, albeit faintly, towards the middle of the subsequent half. But congregates steam yet again without much ado, ensuing a spectacular culmination. On the facade, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 is a vengeance story, a representation of retribution connecting generations of gangsters. Scrape that exterior and you'll notice more than that. The writing is unrestrained and imaginative. In fact, in terms of its screenplay, there is not a single scene in the film that leaves you with a sense of deja vu.

Not just the plot of the movie, but the musical composition of this motion picture is an enchantment as well. After presenting moviegoers with some sprightly sounds in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, music composer Sneha Khanwalkar returns with some impressive music in the succeeding chapter of the film. While 'Hunter', 'Womaniya' and 'Bihar Ke Lala' remain etched in the hearts and on the lips of many, the songs in the subsequent installment, 'Chi Cha Leather' and 'Kaala Rey' have incredible recall value. Also, I'd like to point out that Anurag uses the songs against the film's most violent and fierce scenes, which hardly ever happens in a Hindi movie.

Like the first part, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 tops with out of the ordinary characters. This time, in spite of so many more adding up, there's no room for puzzlement, since each of these characters is well defined and has a tale to put in the picture. The narrative, in Piyush Mishra's pastoral voice over, acts like an adhesive that clutches the various episodes as one. The movie is strengthened by its entrancing performances, with each actor pitching in a noteworthy act. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 yields incalculably from a soaring act by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who gives it his best shot as the protagonist with such authenticity and controlled grace that it becomes unfeasible to detach the performer from the part. Ditto for Huma Qureshi, who shares some marvelous scenes with Nawaz. She's simply fantastic! Richa Chadda fetches dignity to her character. She grows old in the movie by many years and brings that out as much in her tone of voice, body posture, facial expressions and eye movements. Tigmanshu Dhulia excels, especially in the final moments of the film. Piyush Mishra conveys a lot through his gestures, which is the hallmark of any brilliant actor.

Definite and Perpendicular, the two new actors who depict these never-seen-before characters, are remarkable. Reemma Sen doesn't get much scope here. Pankaj Tripathi breathes fire in his part. Watch him gun down his sister; the expressions on his face gives you goose bumps. Anurita Jha is effective. Rajkumar Yadav, Vineet Singh, Jameel Khan, Yashpal Sharma, each actor justifies his presence in the movie.

On the whole, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 is an Anurag Kashyap show all through and without an iota of doubt, can easily be listed as one amongst his paramount works. An engaging movie with several bravura moments. Watch it for its absolute cinematic brilliancy!
 

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Review: Gangs of Wasseypur II
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Review: Gangs of Wasseypur II

Director: Anurag Kashyap 

Anurag Kashyap's trigger-happy Gangs are back. Wild, wild Wasseypur is buzzing once again with the swish of daggers, the din of gunshots and the curved conversations of violent men perpetually on the edge of sanity. 

In years to come, Gangs of Wasseypur will, for all intents and purposes, be critically assessed as a single film. It has been split into two only by the exigencies of the movie exhibition business. 

But for the moment, the question is inevitable: does Gangs Of Wasseypur II take off seamlessly enough from where the first part of the blood-splattered vengeance saga ended? 

It certainly does, but by no stretch of the imagination is this anything like reviewing the same film.Gangs Of Wasseypur II is as distinct from Gangs Of Wasseypur as today's Wasseypur must be from the nondescript but dangerous boondocks that the first part dealt with. 

The sequel gets to the point infinitely quicker than Gangs Of Wasseypur did – it is free from the information overload that weighed down the initial 30 minutes of the first part. 

The storyline surges forth much faster as the new generation of gangsters, now armed with mobile phones and automatic rifles, gun for each other with greater viciousness and less ceremony than ever before. 

The blood-letting is far more insistent in Gangs Of Wasseypur II The narrative acquires a momentum that is often breathless and the warring men drop dead quicker than you can count.

But the multiple strands of the drama come together cohesively to deliver a convincing glimpse of the larger socio-political implications of Wasseypur's lawlessness and rampant violence. 

If there is anything missing in Gangs Of Wasseypur II, it is the infectious musical buoyancy of the first part. The soundtrack of GOW was one of the brightest embellishments of the film. 

Not that the music of Gangs Of Wasseypur II is sans merit – it is delightfully quirky. It, however, pales a touch because it delivers more of the same, unmindful of the fact that the transformation of Wasseypur may have been more than just physical. 

The music, like the chaotic and ever-changing place that the film is set in, should have moved on. 
Swept along by the essential spirit that underlined Gangs Of Wasseypur, Gangs Of Wasseypur IIcontinues to pay homage to Bollywood and its music. Actor Yashpal Sharma, seen in a solitary sequence in Gangs Of Wasseypur belting out a Hindi film duet moving back and forth between the male voice and the female, surfaces several times here. He is Wasseypur's man for all seasons and all reasons. 

Sardar Khan, riddled with bullets at a petrol pump by Sultan and his men in the climax of Gangs Of Wasseypur, is dead and gone. His eldest son, Danish (Vineet Kumar), too, is bumped off minutes into Gangs Of Wasseypur II.

The mantle falls on a doped-out Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in fine fettle). He becomes a reluctant gang leader, pushed into the role by his steely mother, Naghma Khatoon (Richa Chadda).

Holding out a mock threat to sever his fingers, she thunders at Faizal: "When will your blood boil?" Shaken a bit out of his stupor, the son sets out to assert his authority over the territory that his departed father lorded over. 

The power that Faizal eventually acquires flows not from any special wiles or inherent strength of character that he possesses but from the destructive potential of the weapons at his disposal.

The rivalries here become increasingly complex because the spoils get more varied and lucrative. It is no longer only coal that the mafia has its eyes on. There are underhand iron trade dealings, the fixing of the auction of railway scrap, booth-capturing during elections and a host of other criminal moneymaking avenues waiting to be tapped. 

Might is right in this outpost that sets its own rules. Faizal eliminates everything and everyone that comes in the way even as he loses his own men, including a 14-year-old brother, Perpendicular, a swaggering, lisping chit of a boy who can kill with a razor blade lodged in his tongue. 

That's Wasseypur for you. A treacherous friend is decapitated and his head hung in a plastic bag outside his home. Sultan is cornered in a vegetable market by a trio of Faizal's men led by his step-brother Definite (Zeishan Quadri) and shot from point-blank range as the killers discuss the different ways in which jackfruit can be savoured.

Dark humour is indeed the film's lifeline and it shines through on a number of occasions. In one brief scene, Durga (Reema Sen), Sardar Khan's mistress, puts a loaded gun into her only son Definite's schoolbag and advises him with a straight face not to get into a fight.

As the sights and sounds of Bollywood swirl all around grim and grimy Wasseypur, the sweet-tongued Ramadhir Singh ridicules his grown-up son and successor for going to a movie theatre to watch Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

Later, he spells out his contempt for Hindi cinema, attributing his continued survival in a hostile atmosphere to the fact that he does not watch films. "As long as there is cinema, people will continue to be taken for a ride." 

Faizal's principal target is this movie-hating criminal-politician Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), the man responsible for the deaths of his grandfather and father. 

The revenge, filmed with an operatic slo-mo rhythm, is bloodier than anything you would have seen before. But if you liked Gangs Of Wasseypur, there is no reason why won't have another blast watching GOW II. But be warned: be sure that your stomach for blood and gore doesn't give way. 

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Watched the sequel. Two Wasseypurs are better than one.

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They should release a combined version on DVD/Blu-ray.

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Yeah. It was actually shot as one film but they split it in two parts. The second part  releases today in India.

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Movie Review: Gangs of Wasseypur 2

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Some labeled director Anurag Kashyap indulgent for his sprawling saga of a Bihari gangster's violent revenge in Gangs of Wasseypur. This sequel will reverse their judgment. To borrow the eloquent words of a character in Gangs of Wasseypur 2, you're advised to shove your pretensions up your asshole and watch this film at the earliest.

Years have passed since the death of Shahid Khan in Wasseypur, the town isn't the same anymore but the knives and bullets are still flying around. GOW 2 picks up where the finale of the first film left us – Sardar Khan (Bajpayee) has been brutally murdered and his sons Faizal (Nawazuddin) and Danish (Vineet Kumar) vow to exact revenge. We're thrown straight into the midst of a series of bloodbaths and the ensuing storm puts Ramadhir Singh (Dhulia) in a rotten core. Along with Faizal two colorfully named new characters Perpendicular and Definite (Zeishan Quadri) leapfrog into the story as every man jack plans on being the new Sardar Khan. What follows are the constantly shifting shades of loyalty and the lack of it, fear and respect, family honor, the power of money – familiar tropes found in American and Asian gangster films, all leading to an electrifying climax set to Dubstep Keh Ke Lunga. 

The pace in Gangs of Wasseypur 2 is unrelenting - unlike in the previous film where one is made to scratch one's head for the first half hour, Kashyap thrusts you in right away into the action this time. This immediately makes the film a great deal more fun than its predecessor, which suffered from stuttering tonal shifts and a constant, gratingly intrusive voiceover by Piyush Mishra. The voiceover is still there in GOW 2 but is much less intrusive. The scope is much bigger this time but everyone behind the film has a much surer grip of the film - in fact the editing (Shweta Venkat) is so tight it'd be hard to fit a feather between scenes. Sneha Khanvalkar's songs, Kala Re in particular are attached and picturised so well the film feels like kaleidoscopic images of art and blood. 

Apart from a bevy of clever Hinglish puns in Varun Grover's lyrics, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 offers other guilty pleasures. In one scene a character hilariously cites the abundance of Hindi movies adding to humans' stupidity. Kashyap is good at detailing the quirks of the characters and the endless violence they cause. One extended scene explains the significance of a shaving blade in naming two characters Perpendicular and Tangent. After watching the barrage of rioting, pillaging and machine gunning double-crossers one is thankful for things not being as bad in our town as they appear in Wasseypur. 

The parallels to a certain famous gangster movie are there though the writers (Zeishan, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia) keep Gangs of Wasseypur 2 from being just another facsimile of its genre's best. The filmmakers' interest was clearly to depict the Bihar ganglands and hoodlums accurately, but whether audiences buy the authenticity of the 'real life' characters remains an open question. In any case Gangs of Wasseypur 2 is never glib and is not in any way an action film, despite being bloody enough. Also it benefits as much from its historical specificity as it does from its brilliant cast. One can expect Nawazuddin to be an overnight star with this turn – the man is just excellent here. The supporting cast is a cauldron of talent with Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Zeishan, Raj Kumar Yadav, Vineet Kumar, Pankaj Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia rounding up as one of the best ever ensembles.

There are a few hiccups, like the second half which sort of loses steam, and the cloying presence of Piyush Mishra who adds nothing to the film apart from his stoned gaze. Still, the scale that Kashyap explores is epic enough to let most of the snags slide. His visceral style, aided by the stunning way cinematographer Rajeev Ravi shoots Bihar's streets without falling for shanty-po*n, ensures the film retains its freshness. Not to mention the oddball humor of it all, where a Bollywood obsessed mafia boss wearing Technicolor clothes smokes up and giggles, a jammed pistol turns the hunter into the hunted on a malfunctioning Bajaj scooter, and everyone's ringtone is from the 80's. It is unabashed pulp, but to watch it is to witness a master filmmaker continuing to refine his talent. 

Best enjoyed as a single viewing, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2 are Kashyap's double barreled shotgun blast in the rotting belly of Indian commercial cinema; unless you have an absolutely horrible taste in movies, you should watch them on a huge screen.

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