Gangs of Wasseypur

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Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur.jpg
Original quad poster
Directed byAnurag Kashyap
Written by
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byShweta Venkat
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release dates
May 2012 (Cannes)
22 June 2012 (Part 1)
8 August 2012 (Part 2)
Running time
321 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹18.40 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₹70 crore

Gangs of Wasseypur is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language two-part crime film produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap,[3] and written by Kashyap and Zeishan Quadri. Centered on the coal mafia (Mafia Raj) of Dhanbad, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families, the film has an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles. Its story spans 68 years from 1941 to 2009.

Both parts were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 321 minutes[1] and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight,[4][5][6][7] but, since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a more-than-five-hour film, it was split into two parts for that market.

Both films received critical acclaim with mostly positive reviews and were commercially successful.

Cast[edit]

  • Manoj Bajpayee as Sardar Khan, Shahid Khan's only son; Nagma and Durga's husband; Danish,Faizal, Perpendicular and Definite's father; Mohsina and Shama's father in law; Feroz's grandfather.
  • Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan, the patriarch of the Khan family; Sardar's father; Nagma and Durga's father in law; Danish, Faizal, Perpendicular, Definite's grandfather, Mohsina and Shama's grandfather in law; Feroz's great grandfather.
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan, Sardar and Nagma's second son; Durga's stepson; Danish, Perpendicular's brother; Definite's stepbrother; Mohsina's husband; Feroz's father.
  • Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatoon, Sardar's first wife; Danish, Faizal, Perpendicular's mother; Shama and Mohsina's mother in law; Feroz's grandmother.
  • Piyush Mishra as Nasir, Shahid Khan's servant, Sardar's sworn uncle, and narrator in the movie
  • Jameel Khan as Asghar Khan, Nasir's nephew and Sardar's sworn cousin
  • Reema Sen as Durga, Sardar's second wife ; Definite's mother; Danish, Faizal, Perpendicular's stepmother.
  • Huma Qureshi as Mohsina Hamid, Faizal's wife
  • Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan, Sardar's third son (from Durga)
  • Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan, Sardar's eldest son
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh, a criminal cum politician.
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi, nephew of Sultana Daku, one of Sardar's enemies.
  • Satyakam Anand as J.P Singh, Ramadhir's son
  • Vipin Sharma as Ehsan Qureshi, Sultan's uncle
  • Pramod Pathak as Sultana Daku / Badoor Qureshi
  • Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen, Danish's wife and Sultan's sister
  • Sanjay Singh as Fazlu (Faisal khan's friend)
  • Rajkummar Rao as Shamshad Alam
  • Aditya Kumar as Babu "Babua/Perpendicular" Khan, Sardar's fourth son
  • Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)
  • Vicky Kaushal as silhouette bystander (Cameo Role)[8]

Parts[edit]

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1[edit]

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds a 97% approval rating, based on 31 reviews, with an average score of 8.2/10. The website's critics' consensus reads: "More than five hours go by in a blink in this frantic Indian crime epic that spans generations and encompasses hundreds of characters in a bloody spiral of brutality, all masterfully filmed by Anurag Kashyap."[9] The film holds a Metacritic score of 89 based on 10 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[10]

Critic Danny Bowes of RogerEbert.com called it "[o]ne of the most ambitious gangster films ever made, and quite possibly one of the best", writing that it is "worthy of discussion alongside Coppola's first two Godfather films, or Leone's Once Upon a Time in America."[11] Salon's Andrew O'Hehir wrote: "As a rich and exuberant character-driven crime saga in an idiom you absolutely have not encountered before, and a dense, unsentimental portrayal of the collision between democracy, capitalism, and gangsterism on the frayed margins of the post-colonial world, Gangs of Wasseypur is a signal achievement in 21st-century cinema."[12] Martin Scorsese, one of Kashyap's influences on the films and personal heroes, sent a letter to Kashyap, offering praise, stating that he "loved them", even expressing a desire to meet him..

In September 2019, The Guardian ranked Gangs of Wasseypur in 59th place in its 100 best films of the 21st century list, and give it review as: "A possible turning point in Hindi cinema, Anurag Kashyap's epic drama doesn't pull any punches in its portrayal of gangster life in an Indian mining town". [13] Gangs Of Wasseypur’s success led to a number of Hindi movies across the next few years that were essentially inelegant variations on the “hinterland gangsters” theme.[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony[a] Category Recipients Result Ref
Asia-Pacific Film Festival 15 December 2012 Best Actor Manoj Bajpayee Nominated [15]
Jury Grand Prize Anurag Kashyap Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards 31 December 2012 Best Debut - Female Huma Qureshi Won [16]
Filmfare Awards 20 January 2013 Best Film Gangs of Wasseypur Nominated [17]
[18]
Best Film (Critics) Won
Best Director Anurag Kashyap Nominated
Best Actor Manoj Bajpayee Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Richa Chadda Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Won
Best Female Debut Huma Qureshi Nominated
Best Music Director Sneha Khanwalkar Nominated
Best Dialogue Anurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh & Sachin Ladia Won
Best Action Sham Kaushal Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards 6 July 2013 Best Film Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 Nominated [19]
Best Director Anurag Kashyap Nominated
Best Actor Manoj Bajpayee Nominated
Best Actress Huma Qureshi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Reema Sen Nominated
Best Performance in a Negative Role Tigmanshu Dhulia Nominated
Best Story Zeishan Quadri Nominated
Best Music Director Sneha Khanwalkar Nominated
Best Dialogue Anurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh & Sachin Ladia Won
Best Action Sham Kaushal Won
National Film Awards 3 May 2013 Best Audiography Alok De, Sinoy Joseph & Sreejesh Nair Won [20]
Special Jury Award[b] Nawazuddin Siddiqui Won
Screen Awards 12 January 2013 Best Film Gangs of Wasseypur Nominated [21]
Best Director Anurag Kashyap Nominated
Best Actor Manoj Bajpayee Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jameel Khan Nominated
Supporting Actress Richa Chadda Nominated
Best Female Debut Huma Qureshi Nominated
Best Villain Tigmanshu Dhulia Won
Best Ensemble Cast Gangs of Wasseypur Won
Best Dialogue Anurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh & Sachin Ladia Nominated
Best Editing Shweta Venkat Matthew Nominated
Best Cinematography Rajeev Ravi Nominated
Best Sound Design Kunal Sharma, Alok De Nominated
Best Production Design Wasiq Khan Nominated
Best Costume Subodh Srivastava Nominated
Best Action Sham Kaushal Won

Rumored sequel[edit]

There was a rumored third part of the franchise, named Gangs of Wasseypur 1.5.[22] However, Director Kashyap discarded the rumors and confirmed there won't be a third part of the franchise.[23]

Box office[edit]

However, Gangs of Wasseypur's box office records vary from website to website, sources to sources, but "it did a great business at box office" stated by The Guardian.[24]

According to Box Office India, both parts combined grossed 69 crore (US$8.6 million), against a combined budget of 39 crore (US$4.9 million).[25][26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Each date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
  2. ^ Also won for his performances in Kahaani, Dekh Indian Circus, and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GANS OF WASSEYPUR – PART 1 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ Richa Bhatia (25 June 2012). "Anurag defends 'Gangs of Wasseypur' budget". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  3. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 141. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  4. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur selected for Directors' Fortnight at Cannes". DearCinema.com. DearCinema. 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Gangs of Wasseypur: World premiere at Cannes". IBN Live. IANS. 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  6. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (24 April 2012). "Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry's 'The We & The I' to Open Director's Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 24 May 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  7. ^ "2012 Selection". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Directors' Fortnight. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  8. ^ "Not Masaan, but Gangs of Wasseypur was Vicky Kaushal's first film, actor reveals". DNA India. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  9. ^ Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), archived from the original on 11 April 2019, retrieved 11 September 2021
  10. ^ "Gangs of Wasseypur". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 8 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Gangs of Wasseypur Movie Review (2015) | Roger Ebert". Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  12. ^ ""Gangs of Wasseypur": India's explosive crime epic may be the next "Oldboy"". 16 January 2015. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  13. ^ "The 100 best films of the 21st century". The Guardian. 13 September 2019. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  14. ^ "The children of Wasseypur". Mintlounge. 6 May 2022. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  15. ^ "Gangs of Wasseypur wins four nominations at Asia-Pacific festival". The Hindu. 3 December 2012. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Big Star Entertainment Awards 2012". Big Star Entertainment Awards. 31 December 2012. STAR India.
  17. ^ "58th Idea Filmfare Awards nominations are here!". Filmfare. 13 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Winners of 58th Idea Filmfare Awards 2012". Bollywood Hungama. 20 January 2013. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  19. ^ "IIFA 2013 Technical Awards Winners". Bollywood Hungama. 21 May 2013. Archived from the original on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  20. ^ a b "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 April 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  21. ^ "Nominations: 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 2 January 2013. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  22. ^ Lohana, Avinash; Natasha Coutinho (14 December 2016). "Kahaani and Gangs Of Wasseypur to get third installments". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Anurag Kashyap Confirms 'Gangs Of Wasseypur 3' Will Never Happen & We're A Little Bummed Out". indiatimes.com. 22 September 2018. Archived from the original on 6 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Gangs of Wasseypur – review". the Guardian. 21 February 2013. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  25. ^ "Gangs Of Wasseypur 1 - Movie - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  26. ^ "Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 - Movie - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.

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