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Gangs of Wasseypur 2 review: Indulgent yet entertaining

Movie:
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2
Director:
Anurag Kashyap
Cast:
Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Reema Sen
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One thing is clear - you'll enjoy the second part more if you've absorbed the first. Only then will the pointlessness of stretching a war across generations strike you as it does the characters.

You will also empathise with the frustrations of the characters better.

Making a revenge story into a two-part saga is audacious enough. And equally outrageous is making Part 2 every bit as indulgent and violent as the first.

In the first part, we saw the biting rivalry between Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and MLA Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), and it ended with Sardar's death.

The second part begins with Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), numb with shock at his father's death. He resorts to smoking the chillum until his furious mother forces him towards the path of revenge.

This is an interesting character indeed and it's anybody's guess when Faizal is high and when he's sober. The animalistic gait and piercing eyes are a reflection of the persistent turmoil inside.

His half-brother Definite is a contradiction of his name, and keeps the audience second-guessing his motives. What makes this character as fascinating as Faizal's is the faultless performance by Zeishan Quadri, who also happens to be the film's writer.

The first part required you to concentrate as it introduced an avalanche of characters; sadly this one is no respite. Director Anurag Kashyap insists on taking several detours adding numerous character with their own back-story and introducing sub-plots.

Ultimately, the film tells us the story of a futile revenge war carried forward by the next generation that tries taking a step towards peace, but is thwarted by impulsive decisions taken by middlemen.

The beauty of the film lies in expressing how the perpetrators of violence are as much its victims.

At one point, we have a much-feared character sobbing about the futility of a war forced on his unwilling shoulders - it's a beautiful, sensitive scene.

The usual Tarantino-esque moments are plenty: you have dark-humoured scenes like a vegetable and its recipes being discussed in the middle of gunfire, a gangster enamoured by the workings of the pager, and a criminal whose phone rings to the Khalnayank song.

In fact, films are the medium through which we are made to understand the progression of time. That and the introduction of new technology (we see pagers, mobiles and the internet introduced) that ironically only helps the law-breakers get more efficient.

So the cheating moves from face-to-face scuffles to the sophistication of the internet.

The fun of the film is in watching the war being fought on busy roads, chases through crowded gallis, and gun-shots in crowded market-places.

The rawness of emotions that find a release through bombs and weapons is at once exciting and tragic. And Kashyap exploits these emotions to the fullest. Which is why we also tire of the constant barrage.

Performances are the film's highlight. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Zeishan Quadri stun you with masterful performances.

Tigmanshu Dhulia again proves that he's as adept an actor as he is a director. His rendering of the ruthless-yet-magnetic Ramadhir Singh is a treat.

Richa Chadha is impressive. Piyush Mishra and Pankaj Tripathi are dependably good.

The film is technically masterful. Like in Gangs of Wasseypur 1, Rajeev Ravi's cinematography aptly captures the rustic texture of the film and Shweta Venkat Matthew's editing is commendable, even if a bit lax. Sneha Hanwalkar's unconventional music is a delight throughout.

One cannot help wonder whether the film was made to appease a foreign audience. You have disconnected scenes of hungry, poor India and a grandmother picking lice from a child's head. Perfect fodder for a largely ignorant foreign audience!

If you've seen the first part, you know what to expect. For the others, go for this one if you like violence and humour combo. Add to that some great acting and a revenge drama told like an epic.

If you can forgive the indulgent and repetitive portions, you'll enjoy this one.

Rating: 3 stars

 

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