Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2
|Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2|
|Directed by||Anurag Kashyap|
|Produced by||Atul Shukla
|Written by||Zeishan Quadri
Vineet Kumar Singh
|Music by||Sneha Khanwalkar (soundtrack)
G. V. Prakash Kumar (score)
|Editing by||Shweta Venkat|
|Studio||Anurag Kashyap Films
|Distributed by||Viacom 18 Motion Pictures|
|Running time||159 minutes|
|Budget||92 million (US$1.4 million)()|
|Box office||439.6 million (US$6.7 million)
(8 weeks domestic nett)
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (stylised as Gangs of वासेपुर II ) is an Indian crime film co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. It is the second instalment of the Gangs of Wasseypur series centered around the Coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families, the Part 2 features an ensemble cast with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Raj Kumar Yadav and Zeishan Quadri in the major roles and its story spans from the 1990s to 2009.
The sequels were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 319 minutes and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight but since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a five plus hour movie, it was divided into two parts (160 mins and 159 mins respectively) for the Indian Market.
The film received an Adults Only certification from the Indian Censor Board but is still unusually explicit for Indian standards as it contained authentic lingo and violence generally suppressed by mainstream Indian movies. The films soundtrack is heavily influenced by traditional Indian folk songs tending to be philosophical and liberal with its heavy use of sexual innuendos. Part 2 was released on 8 Aug 2012 across India and had some paid previews on 7 August 2012.
The combined film won the Best Audiography, Re-recordist's of the Final Mixed Track (Alok De, Sinoy Joseph and Shreejesh Nair) and Special Mention for acting (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) at the 60th National Film Awards. The film bagged four Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Critics) and Best Actress (Critics), at the 58th Filmfare Awards
Although not a huge hit by any standard, the meagre combined budget of 185 million (US$2.8 million) allowed the 2 films to be commercially successful, with net domestic earnings of 508.1 million (US$7.8 million) (of the 2 parts combined). It is regarded by many as a modern cult film.
The film resumes with the killing of Sardar Khan. Danish, his elder son instantly kills the lone captured killer and vows to kill rest of the three killers. Sultan realizing the danger kills Danish. It is now up to Faizal to exact revenge. No one in the family thinks that Faizal would be able to do that since most of the time he is seen smoking weed, but he promises his mother that he would.
Faizal stays low and waits for right opportunity. When his friend Fazlu (who had earlier leaked the news of Sardar Khan's visit to Durga ultimately leading to his death in the first part), wins local election Faizal meets him on pretext of congratulating him and kills him. This establishes that Faizal can indeed lead his father's business.
Meanwhile Faizal marries his sweetheart Mohsina. Wasseypur is no more the town that was once consumed by the raging war between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh. It has spawned a new generation of money squandering lobbyists, turning into foolhardy gangs overnight. A small time goon Shamshad Alam has his own transport business. He joins hands with Faizal Khan in his steel business. The deal is that Shamshad would fill Faizal's coffers with his astute knowledge of his scrap business and support Faizal's business with his transport business. Simultaneously Faizal makes truce with Ramadhir Singh. According to their agreement, Ramadhir would provide his political support to Faizal's business in Wasseypur region on condition he would not extract revenge of his kin. Although he is sympathetic with Sultan initially, he informs Sultan of the agreement and that he would be of little help to him. Ramadhir meanwhile is losing his faith in his son's (J.P.) ability to run his empire and J.P. often finds himself in line of fire for his inability. This results in waning of J.P.'s prominence and influence.
Faizal's half brother Definate is turning out to be deadly as well as very cunning teenager. After death of Sardar Khan his mother (Durga) works as a cook at Ramadhir Singh's place and hence Ramadhir Singh thinks he has influence over Definate. Faizal's younger brother Perpendicular a school going teenager, is creating a menace in locality by looting shops in broad daylight. Although courageous like his father, he is stupid. Harassed with his antics, local shopkeepers Hire Sultan to assassinate Perpendicular. Shamshad on the other hand is keeping Faizal in dark about the transactions and pocketing some part of the profit for himself. One fine day his scheme is exposed and he is tensed. He decides to partner with Ramadhir Singh to save his skin. Faizal is arrested through Shamshad and at sametime Sultan kills Perpendicular. Definite feels that this is the right time to step into shoes of Faizal and before Shamshad claims this position he would have to kill him. Definate's gun jams right in the middle of the assassination attempt and he has to run for his life. Unfortunately he runs into bogey full of army personnel and sent to same jail, where he meets Faizal.
Ramadhir advises Shamshad to bail Definate out of the jail and then instigate him against his own brother for his empire. Faizal realizes the plan and cautions Definate before he leaves the jail. Definate straight away bombs Shamshad's office in which Shamshad is badly injured and loses his leg. Sultan is cautioned by JP when Faizal is about to be released from jail and advices him to hit him before Faizal hits him. So Sultan along with his gang raids the house of Faizal and the first scene of part 1 is shown where Sultan is fiercely pounding Faizal's home with bombs and bullets. It is revealed that Faizal and his entire family has a lucky escape. Later Sultan is double crossed by JP and has run into hiding. Sultan then kills Nagma and Asghar (Faizal's mother and uncle) in the market in broad day light. Definate along with Faizal's gang track him down and kill him. On advice of Faizal, Definate surrenders and is jailed.
Meanwhile Iqlakh an educated man enters Faizal's life. Iqlakh is actually a pawn of Ramadhir, who wants to extract revenge of forced divorce of his parent done by Sardar Khan and his father was later forced to marry the woman he had raped(Shown in part 1). Faizal initially impressed with Iqlakh skills is later made aware of Iqlakh's background, but decides to play along. Iqlakh has astute knowledge of business and bags scrap auction by force. This brings lot of profit on the table for Faizal without any risk, good enough for him to neglect Definate. This is actually a strategy of Ramadhir to create rift between Faizal and Definate. Iqlakh advices Faizal to enter politics, to give political protection to all his activities. Faizal decides to contest from Ramadhir's constituency to extract his revenge. With illegal profiteering through scrap trade auctions over the Internet, corrupt government officials, election rigging and hooliganism, the town gets murkier.
Here Definate is frustrated in jail as he is not able to reach Faizal. Ramadhir for the first time is shaken by Faizal, with his decision to enter politics from his own constituency. He feels that it is time to use his ace pawn Durga and assures her that her son would retain his father's empire. Through JP he brokers a deal with Definate and bails him out of the jail. J.P. meanwhile has other plans and wants to double cross his father, of whom he is tired of with his insulting slurs.
Definate goes straight to Faizal and informs him of the plan. As per the plan on the polling day Faizal is to be killed by Iqlakh and if he misses Definate has to take the hit. On the D-day Iqlakh leads Faizal to an isolated place for the hit and Definate arrives late on the scene. Here Definate double crosses Iqlakh and kills him. Later Faizal & Definate take an ambulance with large cache of weapons and heads towards the hospital where Shamshad is admitted and Ramadhir is there to hatch his new plan. A ruthless blood bath takes place in the hospital between gangs of Faizal, Ramadhir and the police.
Ramadhir is easily outclassed by Faizal. Rest of the gang members are dead, while Faizal and Definate are arrested. En route to prison the police halts at roadside restaurant for refreshments, leaving Faizal alone in the police van. Next we see unsuspecting Faizal shot dead by Definate. It is later revealed that JP was the architect of the massacre and Definate is seen free, walking towards his mother.
Towards the end it's shown that Mohsina and Nasir are living in Mumbai with Faizal's young son.
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan is the second son of Sardar Khan, a habitual marijuana smoker forced by circumstance to lead his family's criminal enterprise.
- Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatoon, the widow of Sardar Khan who instigates her sons to avenge the murder of their father.
- Huma Qureshi as Mohsina, the supportive wife of Faizal Khan
- Reemma Sen as Durga, Sardar Khan's second wife who turns against him.
- Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen, Danish Khan's wife
- Piyush Mishra as Nasir, Sardar Khan's guardian.
- Jameel Khan as Asghar Khan, a cousin of Sardar Khan.
- Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan, Sardar Khan's eldest son
- Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi, the man behind the murder of Sardar Khan.
- Satya Anand as J.P Singh, an MLA and a subservient son of Ramadhir Singh.
- Murari Kumar as Guddu.
- Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)
- Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan, Sardar Khan's son from his second wife, Durga.
- Aditya Kumar as Perpendicular/Nawab Khan/Babua,Sardar Khan's fourth son
- Raj Kumar Yadav as Shamshad Alam, a small time, ambitious businessman from Dhanbad.
- Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh, an ungodly, scheming politician who orchestrates the murders of three-generations of Khans.
Anurag Kashyap had wanted to make a film set in Bihar with the name 'Bihar' for some time, but the project didn't take off. In 2008, he met Zeishan Quadri, writer of GANGS who told him about Wasseypur's story. The lawlessness of Dhanbhad and Wasseypur captured his imagination. Zeishan narrated a wide panoply of stories but what really attracted him was not the gang war itself, but the bigger story of the emergence of the mafia. According to Kashyap, telling the story through the eyes of a few families is what interested him but that also meant a longer reel. "We all know mafia exists but what they do, how they operate, why they do we don't know and that is something which forms the basis of the film". Anurag Kashyap celebrated the success of Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, by throwing an iftaar party at a suburban hotel at Bandra in Mumbai on Friday, 17 August, late evening.
While filming in Varanasi in December 2010, the film's chief assistant director Sahil Shah was killed on shoot while performing a stunt scene. The Movie has been dedicated to Sohil Shah. The film finished production in late March 2011, with Anurag Kashyap moving on to direct his next film immediately due to the accident. Major portions of the film were shot in villages near Bihar. Shooting of film also took place in Chunar. Anurag Kashyap, who co-produced the film with Sunil Bohra, has said that it is his most expensive film and he reportedly had to spend 150 million on paying the actors. Both parts of Gangs of Wasseypur together cost just 184 million to make,which makes one film at 92 million. Anurag Kashyap, the director of film has declared on Twitter: "45 crores as reported in the media is false." 260 million was spent on marketing the film.
The Gangs of Wasseypur franchise promoted a fake electoral campaign through the streets of Mumbai and Delhi to market the second instalment of the political thriller. In several areas of the two cities, political posters had been plastered, in which the two opposing contestants from the movie Ramadhir Singh and Faizal Khan, vied for votes.
The main cast of Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 shot with the cast of Afsar Bitiya. Actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Faisal Khan) and Huma Qureshi (Mohsina) made a special appearance on the show. The show was aired on 7–8 August 2012.
As a part of the marketing campaign, the 'Wasseypur Patrika', a fictitious newspaper was made available online.
Mayank Shekhar rated the movie 4/5 stars on Daily Bhaskar and his review at theW14.com reads, "This is India's equivalent of; take your pick, Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America (1984), or Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003), though I suppose it could possibly be better than both. It's the definitive "litti western" to borrow the stock phrase "spaghetti western" for Leone's film. With 320 minutes broken into two parts, allows Kashyap the scope to seriously self-indulge and unabashedly entertain. The reason you prefer this sequel to the first installment, besides it being more contemporary is, well, this is where the beginning ties up with the end. You get a full sense of the film's ambitions."
Jaykumar Shah of Planet Bollywood gave the movie 8.5/10 stars, saying that "All in all, this is the best movie to come out from India this year so far. It is gritty, well-paced, extremely well-acted, genre defining, path breaking work of art. The movie is not for the ones who are not comfortable with violence being depicted graphically. If you can digest violence on screen, it is a sure winner."
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 4/5 stars, saying that "On the whole, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 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!"
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the movie 4/5 stars, stating that "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 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2. But be warned: be sure that your stomach for blood and gore doesn’t give way."
Blessy Chettiar of DNA India gave the movie 4/5 stars, commenting that "Guns speak where abusive language fails. Patience and a real kaleja will see you through this fast-paced, exhilarating blood fest. Kashyap makes sure the gore is beyond redemption. If you’re turned off by it, not his fault."
Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times Of India gave the movie 4/5 stars, saying that "With excellent performances, a screenplay that's strung together beautifully (Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, Anurag Kashyap) a revenge story that touches a dramatic crescendo and music that plays out perfectly in sync with tragic twists of tale – ' GOW II' is an interesting watch, for the brave-hearted. Like the first part, the movie slows down at times (with pointless pistols, hordes of characters and wasted sub-plots); the length needs to be shot down desperately. But otherwise, it's revenge on a platter – served cold (heartedly) and definitely worth a 'second' helping."
Ananya Bhattacharya of Zee News gave the movie 4/5 stars, concluding that "While watching ‘Wasseypur’, the entire film takes your life away! Gangs of Wasseypur 2 is a film, which, with its predecessor, is one that is here to stay, to break conceptions, to demolish structures. With the history of Wasseypur, ‘Wasseypur’ has created another history."
Meetu of Wogma gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, saying that "Gangs of Wasseypur II delivers on the promise of being a quirky revenge saga. A saga which holds no bars and lets loose the internal animal which revenge itself seems to have given birth to. A saga so full of characters that a keen film-lover would want to watch twice – only if they can stomach the violence in almost every frame and profanity in every other sentence. Others, shouldn't even bother."
Raja Sen of Rediff gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, stating that "Anurag Kashyap shines once again in the concluding part of Gangs of Wasseypur even though the film is a tad too long. For all its folly – and the fact that an hour could have been lopped off its running length, easy – Gangs Of Wasseypur II provides enough cinematic memorabilia to single-handedly last us the summer."
Kunal Guha of Yahoo! gave the movie 3/5 stars, commenting that "While it would be nice to inherit the right amount of angst for this revenge sequel, this one intermittently recaps what led whom to get where and why. In fact, the first part wasted a lot of time in flagging historical landmarks, in introducing characters and was much scattered with the number of elements and periods to be covered. This one has characters ready to dive into action with a quick backgrounder for new additions, leaving much time to weave a tighter and telling story. Chhi Chha Leather, definitely one that weathers."
Conversely, Prathamesh Jadhav of Bollywood Life gave the movie 2.5/5 stars, saying that "In totality, Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wassepur II is murkier than its first outing, but it certainly isn’t spicier."
Roshni Devi of Koimoi gave the movie 2/5 stars, stating that "It’s only the actors and the music of Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 that would make it worth the watch."
Martin D'Souza of Glamsham gave the movie 1.5/5 stars, concluding that "In short, Part 2 'Definitely' does not have a 'Perpendicular' rise. It is off 'Tangent'!"
Gaurav Mokhasi of SecondBaseCritics heaped praise on Part 2 saying, "One needs to realise that GoW was never meant to be the expeditious Lamborghini that speeds past you in an instant and leaves you gasping. Rather, it is the Rolls Royce that cruises slowly by your side, instilling in you a prolonged feeling of awe. The movie deliberately slows down on more than one occasion as the director indulges in it and draws you into his larger than life vision."
International critics have given Gangs of Wasseypur, the first mainstream Bollywood film to be selected for the Director's Fortnight, rave reviews following its world premiere at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Gangs of Wasseypur premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival on the evening of 22 May 2012 as the most highly anticipated Indian film. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "an extraordinary ride through Bollywood's spectacular, over-the-top filmmaking".
Kashyap, whose reputation as a screenwriter and controversial director reach a culmination in this film, is the real behind-the-scenes godfather, never losing control over the story-telling or hundreds of actors, and allowing tongue-in-cheek diversions in the second half that confirm his command over the sprawling material. In the spirit of Bollywood, Rajiv Ravi's lensing is fast on its feet, with a continually moving camera that always seems to be in the right spot to capture the action. Referring to the violence and pace of the film she says "Gangs of Wasseypur puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace".
Maggie Lee of Variety notes Kashyap never lets his diverse influences of old-school Italo-American mafia classics a la Coppola, Scorsese and Leone, as well as David Michod's taut crime thriller "Animal Kingdom,override the distinct Indian color.Calling the film "the love child of Bollywood and Hollywood," she felt the film was "by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence."
Lee Marshall of Screen International writes "the script alternates engagingly between scenes of sometimes stomach-churning violence and moments of domestic comedy, made more tasty by hard-boiled lines of dialogue like “in Wasseypur even the pigeons fly with one wing, because they need the other to cover their arse” ". He describes song lyrics "as if mouthed by a Greek chorus of street punks" commenting sarcastically on what's happening onscreen.
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 opened to a poor to medium response at most places in the country . The opening was around the 30% mark on average. The first day collection is around 28.8 million (US$440,000). The business of two days including paid previews is 55.0 million (US$840,000) nett. The film showed a little growth on its third day and collected around 32.5 million (US$500,000). The film has collected around 185.0 million (US$2.8 million) nett in nine days plus paid previews. The first part of Gangs of Wasseypur was not a huge hit and this has led to the second part doing lesser business. Its net collection stands at 229.6 million (US$3.5 million).
Although not a huge hit by any standard, the meagre combined budget of 185 million (US$2.8 million) allowed the 2 films to be commercially successful, with net domestic earnings of 508.1 million (US$7.8 million) (of the 2 parts combined). Even on its own, the net domestic collections of 229.6 million (US$3.5 million) far exceeds the individual budget of Part 2 i.e. 92 million (US$1.4 million), making it a successful commercial venture.
|1.||"Chhi Chha Ledar"||Durga||04:08|
|2.||"Kaala Rey"||Sneha Khanwalkar||05:09|
|3.||"Electric Piya"||Rasika D Rani||04:35|
|4.||"Bahut Khoob"||Kids of Musahar Village||02:00|
|5.||"Taar Bijli"||Sharda Sinha||06:52|
|6.||"Aabroo"||Piyush Mishra, Bhupesh Singh||04:34|
|8.||"Moora"||Sneha Khanwalkar, Robbie Styles||05:12|
|9.||"Tunya"||Bulbultarang With Baal Party||01:22|
|10.||"Bahut Khoob 8 Bit"||Kids of Musahar Village||02:55|
|11.||"Electric Piya-Fused"||Rasika D Rani||04:27|
Differences from Actual Events
The film mainly draws its story from the real life gang wars that took place in the region of Dhanbad, Jharkhand. There are several differences in the film which contradict actual documented events most notability the character of Faizal Khan (based on Fahim Khan) who dies in the climax. Fahim Khan is currently in jail in Hazaribagh and has been sentenced to life imprisonment. In the film, Sardar Khan marries the Bengali girl but in real life, the women was maintained as a mistress. Most of the gang wars were between the gangs of Wasseypur, not with the Singhs, who had been instrumental in instigating these wars, but never participated in them.
Another scene in the movie, where a Muslim girl was kidnapped by Singh’s men, has been portrayed conversely. In real life, the victim was a local Hindu girl and the kidnappers were a few goons from Wasseypur. The members of the Singh family ultimately had to threaten the entire Wasseypur community to return the girl in 24 hours. The girl was eventually returned as the Singh's were regarded in the village with might and fear .
The character of Ramadhir Singh is based on Surajdeo Singh. In the films climax, Singh is brutally killed by Faizal but in real life, Suraj Deo Singh was poisoned in his native village during an election campaign in June 1991. Allegedly, Suresh Singh had him poisoned to avenge the murder of BP Sinha and also to become the undisputed coal king of Dhanbad.
Fazloo's character is based on Sabir Alam. In the film, Fazloo is killed and dismembered by Faizal Khan. In real life, Sabir Alam and Fahim Khan were childhood friends turned enemies. Sabir, awarded the life sentence in 2007 for the murder of Fahim Khan's mother and aunt, is out on bail in Wasseypur.
The mafia's downfall in Dhanbad didn't come from gang wars but rather it came from the differences between Kunti Singh, the widow of Surajdeo Singh, and his three brothers – Baccha Singh, Rajan Singh and Ram Dhani Singh – which gave others an opportunity to make space for themselves.
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