June 22, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Don't run to this film because it is by Anurag Kashyap. Too many characters and too lengthy a drama and there is nothing to warrant your attention unless you are a Manoj Bajpai's fan. Anurag Kashyap falls just short of being compared to Ramgopal Varma in this dragging, dreary, boring and pointless venture.
The effort is herculean yes but is there anything in the story that will make you wait for part II as well? The changing relationships of the people and the changing history of Wasseypur go hand in hand but one thing remains constant..the bloody violence and intermittent sex. Raw, rustic, detailed and tiring it will take you through Wasseypur from the 40s to the time Amitabh Bachchan's Trishul has released.
From coal mining to fishing, from sepia-tinted and black and white visuals to the time when women are stocking up fridges and using vacuum cleaners. The story is about the rivalry between the Khans and the Qureshis, it doesn't end with one killing, by the time the credits roll through Manoj Bajpai is shot but we really don't care to even ponder what could happen next to his sons in the sequel.
One line sums up the synopsis and mood of the film, "Yahan par kabootar bhi ek pankh se udtha hai or usi pankh se apna ijjath bachatha hai." There is a lot you can learn from the title, so it is replete with guns, stabbings and slaughtering people.
A man leaves his wife and takes fancy for a Bong. His kids from his first wife get the message, "Abbu paisa dena band kardiya, kaam karke do paisa kamao," and when they work instead of going to school, the enemy gives them a thousand rupee note and tells them to hand it over to their mother. This mother takes pride in herself and her husband's earnings and beats the sons black and blue but the same mother sleeps with the guardian in the house.
The director overdoes certain aspects, Khan shuttling between the two wives evokes humour not a serious story, even when his son is injured the manner in which he compels the doctor to begin the treatment in the darkness doesn't seem genuine. The end to the first part of the film is not surprising, the Bong wife takes her revenge as she has long declared she won't be the baby making machine.
Strange, nearly half of her role Durga is silent and you wonder if she is dumb, anyways it makes no difference even if she had spoken any dialogue, she has done her job well through her expressions. The casting couldn't have been better and the music too is just right and goes with the Dhanbad Hindi.
The writing is good but there is no reason in building a narrative without a purpose, it's the same and different characters stabbing and shooting. The scenes move in quick succession and it doesn't give one time to think, there is a commentary on the topography of Wasseypur but after that too many dates and timelines make it difficult to follow and have a grasp of the characters, it is only in the second half some interest moves in but it isn't a big deal.
Reema Sen and Richa Chaddha are brilliant in this boring and monotonous drama. There's lust, urge for love, revenge, loose morals, expletive language and scenes that look recycled and end no where in this Gangs of Wasseypur.