Gangs of Wasseypur
|Gangs of Wasseypur|
|Directed by||Anurag Kashyap|
|Produced by||Atul Shukla|
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
|Written by||Zeishan Quadri|
Vineet Kumar Singh
|Music by||Sneha Khanwalkar (soundtrack)|
G. V. Prakash Kumar (score)
|Edited by||Shweta Venkat|
|Distributed by||Viacom 18 Motion Pictures|
|May 2012Cannes) (|
June 22, 2012 (India)
Gangs of Wasseypur (stylised as Gangs of वासेपुर) is a 2012 Indian two-part crime film, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap, 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 features an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles. Its story spans from 1941 to 2009. Both parts were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 321 minutes and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight, but, since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a more-than-five-hour film, it was divided into two parts for the Indian market.
Anurag revealed on few occasions (in 2010 & 2018)that the Tamil movie, Subramaniapuram (2008) was the inspiration for this movie series. Both parts of the film are available for online streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, Voot Select, Kanopy and MX Player.
- Manoj Bajpayee as Sardar Khan, Shahid Khan's son
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan, Sardar's second son
- Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatun, Sardar's first wife
- Huma Qureshi as Mohsina Hamid, Faizal's wife
- Reema Sen as Durga, Sardar's second wife
- Piyush Mishra as Nasir, Sardar's uncle
- Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan, the patriarch of the Khan family.
- Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan, Sardar's eldest son
- Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi, nephew of Sultana Daku, one of Sardar's enemies.
- Vipin Sharma as Ehsan Qureshi, Sultan's uncle
- Jameel Khan as Asghar Khan, Sardar's cousin
- Satyakam Anand as J.P Singh, Ramadhir's son
- Pramod Pathak as Sultana Daku / Sharif Qureshi
- Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen, Danish's wife and Sultan's sister
- Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan, Sardar's third son
- Aditya Kumar as Babu "Babua/Perpendicular" Khan, Sardar's fourth son
- Rajkumar Yadav as Shamshad Alam
- Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh, a criminal cum politician.
- Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds a 96% approval rating, based on 27 reviews, with an average score of 8.36/10. The film holds a Metacritic score of 89 based on 10 reviews, indicating "[u]niversal acclaim".
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.”" 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." Martin Scorsese, one of Kashyap's influences in the film, sent a letter to Kashyap, offering praise to him on the film, stating that he "loved them", even expressing a desire to meet him.
Awards and Nominations
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