Gangs of Wasseypur

  • 15
  • Anurag Kashyap (2012)
  • Ind (SUB)
  • 160 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Ambitious, compelling and accomplished, this Indian crime drama from director Anurag Kashyap owes a considerable debt to The Godfather and can stand confidently alongside Jean-Fran├žois Richet's Mesrine (2008) and Olivier Assayas's Carlos (2010). This first instalment of a two-part, 317-minute epic chronicles the first five decades of a feud between the Muslim Khan and Qureshi clans that divides the northern mining town of Wasseypur and the city of Dhanbad that eventually subsumes it. The films teems with secondary characters, subplots, digressions and musical interludes, while the action is often frantic and very bloody. Rajeev Ravi's kinetic camerawork and Sneha Khanwalkar's knowing, homage-stuffed score are very impressive, as is the performance of Manoj Bajpayee as the head of the Khan dynasty, whose dealings with wife Richa Chadda and mistress Reema Sen are every bit as fraught as his rivalry with crooked politician Tigmanshu Dhulia. But it's Kashyap's dynamic direction that puts this in the top tier of sprawling gangster epics.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sardar Khan
Manoj Bajpai
Nagma Khatoon
Richa Chadda
Durga Khan
Reemaa Sen
Nasir Ahmed
Piyush Mishra
Faizal Khan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Shahid Khan
Jaideep Ahlawat
Danish Khan
Vineet Kumar Singh
Sultan Qureshi
Pankaj Tripathi

Crew

Director
Anurag Kashyap

Other Information

Language: 
Hindi +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Mara Pictures
Released 22 Feb 2013