Gangs Of Wasseypur review: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Womeniya

Gangs Of Wasseypur review: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Womeniya

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By: Rohit_Roy | member

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Movie Title

Gangs Of Wasseypur review: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Womeniya


Anurag Kashyap

Star Cast

Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadha, Reema Sen, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nawazuddin Siddiqi

"I feel blessed to be an audience of this extraordinary movie!" That was my first thought when the movie ended after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

And as the movie ended with caption "To be continued...", I cursed Anurag Kashyap in his own lingo - that BC... why didn't you release the complete 5 hour long movie, like you did in Cannes, where you got a standing ovation? Now I am eagerly waiting for August 10th to catch its second part!

I can plainly tell you that Gangs of Wasseypur is not just a super movie, but an extraordinary movie, made with utter perfection, dedication and excellence in every department: from performances to direction, dialogues, screenplay, character detailing, flow and even music. And that's why I call it 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Womeniya' - to honour all those who worked in the different departments to make it an outstanding movie.

The story is well researched, superbly true with excellent authentic treatment: the brilliance, commitment and dedication start reflecting right from the scripting stage itself. It tells you how the Mafia grew in our country, how corruption become our culture and how stars were born due to oppressive system, even if the star himself was a bad man.

Initial scenes delve into this sociology of our country, with the backdrop of coal mines - spanning a storyline from pre-independence era to 2004 - where criminals smoothly shifted from heavy .303 rifles to home-made kattas to sophisticated AK-47 rifles.

The storyline deals with three different clans. Initially, it is the Qureshis, the clan of the famous Sultana daku - who considered Wasseypur and everything passing through it as their property - and Sahid Khan's - the Pathans who started looting in the name of Sultana Daku.

This fuelled the fire in the Qureshis, and they caught the Khans red handed one night, and killed everyone except Sahid Khan and his friend - who had to leave the village the very same night. Here took the birth of a great war between the Qureshis and the Khans.

The third clan is that of a coal contractor, Ramadhir Singh, who becomes the Mafia head and later a minister, and whose pets are the Qureshis.

The entire story runs through the dynamics between the three clans. Sahid Khan joins Ramadhir Singh as his henchman but then gets killed by Ramadhir after the mafia head learns that Khan was waiting for a chance to kill him and grab his coal mines.

Sahid Khan's son, Sardar Khan (who grows up to be played by Manoj Bajpai), is saved by his father's loyal friend (Peeyush Mishra, who is also the sutradar of the entire saga of gang wars). Later Farhan and Sardar Khan make their revenge on Ramadhir Singh their sole goal in life.

It's great to watch how Sardar Khan, a small timer taxi driver, slowly grows in daring, using kattas and desi bombs to murder anyone at will, and even venturing into enemy domain.

At the same time, we also get to see his humane side and his family life, where a loving wife with guts knows the lechery of her husband and still loves him. She takes pride in his gang wars and brings up her children to be proud of their father.

The entire storyline is highly concentrated, with every frame full of detailing. A standing ovation for telling such a big story with such finesse. And the biggest feat is that this story has been told with great pace, with super screenplay.

Performance: This movie will generate so many award contenders that the award functions will be confused whom to give the best performer's award to! Manoj Bajpai for Sahid Khan? Richa Chadda for Nagma Khatoon? Tigmanshu Dhulia for Ramadhir Singh? Nawazuddin Siddiqui for playing Sardar Khan's son Faizal? Peeyush Mishra for playing the mentor Farhan Khan?

Even the smallest roles in this movie are sharp like shrapnel! Every superlative will fall short. But since Manoj Bajpai holds the biggest share - with his extreme personalities - he emerges as the most deserving candidate.

As Sardar Khan, he has multiple layers, most of them bad, yet you end up loving his character. He will put all the macho men - from a Rowdy Rathod tugging on his moustache like an idiot to the chocolate Romeos running around trees in Switzerland and the UK - to shame with his masculinity.

Here is the actor from whom all the current crop of actors in Bollywood needs to take tuition classes in acting from.

Next in the line is Richa Chadda as Sardar's gutsy wife. What a performance! She is dynamite. No woman wants to share her husband, but she does and still loves him - a true lioness! She will definitely win lots of awards for her role.

I will also mention Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the drug addict son of Sardar, who shows great promise and takes up the baton by the end. He is the new rising sun of Bollywood, absolutely in the league of stalwarts like Manoj Bajpai and Irrfan Khan.

Direction: As the head of this league of extraordinary gentlemen, Anurag Kashyap has given Indian cinema something that it will always be proud of. This man had the guts to raise a world on his own!

Though an outsider to Bollywood camps, he never compromised on his stand on cinema. I salute you, Anurag! I salute you!

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