Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chaddha and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Anuraj Kashyap
They have been telling stories for ages, and people have been listening – sometimes willingly, sometimes unwillingly; but then the stories weren’t Anurag Kashyap’s.
Exploding the silver screen with banduks, guns and bumbs, bombs, Anurag Kashyap, in yet another dark story – Gangs of Wasseypur, has ‘coaled-out’ myriad shades of revenge that have been devouring generations of families in the lawless and police-less region of Wasseypur.
Set in the shadow of family feuds, gang wars and power struggle, the movie dates back to the days of British Raj when Qureshis used to dominate the Muslim community. The rivalry between the Pathans and the Qureshis spikes when Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat), a Pathan, starts looting goods trains under the dreaded name of Sultana Daku – a Qureshi; compelling the Pathan to leave Wasseypur and take asylum in the coal mines of Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia).
The drama gets complex when Shahid gets murdered in his aspiration to take down Ramadhir Singh as the local coal mafia; sprouting the seeds of anger and revenge in his son Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai)– a womaniyaman, hot in bed and blood.
While he sleeps around with doosri aurats,other women, Sardar marries Nagma (RichaChaddha) and has three sons with her (including Faizal).
The gang rivalry deepens when Danish – son of Sardar marries the daughter of Sultana daku.
History repeats itself. Sardar Khan is murdered by Sultan’s men and the sons of Sardar see an uprising as they decide to take revenge for the dishonour and death of their father and grandfather.
Manoj Bajpai is rooted into the character and commands with true Bihariishtyle. The womaniyas, women, in the movie – Richa Chaddha and Reema Sen remained true to their characters. Tigmanshu Dhuliya, the debutant is bang on with his acting skills, bringing to life Ramadhir Singh’s character.
The movie, full of gruesome murders, cuss words and folkish pop music, is an interesting watch if your heart can hold onto gore bloody visuals. As for me, it’s a must watch.