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Gangs of Wasseypur

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This speedy, intelligent crime drama, with more than a passing interest in real-life issues, is a five-hour-plus Indian epic that first grabbed the world’s attention at Cannes in 2012. Tracing the lives of several warring criminal families in the small northeast town of Wasseypur from the 1940s to the 1990s, the saga focuses on Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai), the sworn enemy of a corrupt politician who was responsible for the death of Khan’s father. Taking a cue from The Godfather, writer-director Anurag Kashyap balances the bloodletting with a study of the social conditions that breed gangsters. The storytelling is brisk, though the wealth of events and characters means you have to let yourself go with the flow. But Gangs of Wasseypur is always compelling, and Bajpai’s charisma means there’s always a colorful presence at the heart of the drama long after the endless hail of bullets has grown tiresome.

 

Written by Dave Calhoun

Cast and crew

  • Director:Anurag Kashyap
  • Screenwriter:Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K. Ladia, Zeishan Quadri
  • Cast:
    • Manoj Bajpai
    • Tigmanshu Dhulia
    • Jaideep Ahlawat
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