The movie Gangs of Wasseypur has been released and is making waves. Its director Anurag Kashyap has gone on record, to say that the movie is not meant to be an agent of change. It is to be seen as a movie grounded in hard reality. It depicts the real world of power struggles fought brutally, the vice like grip of local mafias, and the use of violence to enforce one's supremacy.
The film's director has admitted that 90% of the characters and situations in the film are real. Naturally the story is fictionalised to make its presentation in a mannerto maximise its commercial success. Nothing wrong in this because a movie should make money, as all said and done, they are commercial ventures.
The story is based in the town of Wasseypur (Dhanbad) in Jharkhand a region full of coal mines. It depicts the saga of three generations of Muslim families embroiled in age-old hatred for each other. The Qureshis vs Pathans revenge story is full of bloodbaths, family feuds, and gangwars.
Actor Manoj Bajpayee, in the role of Sardar Khan,son of Shahid Khan, who was murdered in the coal mines owned by Ramadhir Singh, is out to avenge the murder, has portayed the role in a spectacular manner. He has very effectively played the blood seeking revenge gangster and also displays skills in comic moments and gives a human touch to his depiction.
The mine owner Ramadhir Singh is played by debutant Tigmanshu Dhulia very ably and leaves a lasting effect on the viewer. The new find Richa Chadda shines
The movie has been directed by Anurag Kashyap in his usual style of realistic, local flavour and dialogues full of gallis and interesting twists thrown in periodically.
The movie is however a bit too long (2 hours 40 minutes) and is supposed be the first of a two part film.The documentry style narrative also many times appears a misfit. However the dialogues and music are gripping and keep one fully engrossed.
The movie has rightly got an 'A' certificate from the censors. It is full of blood, guns, crude gallis and womanising. It is not for the weak hearted.
However what is important, is that, it is an earthy movie showing the real India as it exists. After a long period of seeing Hindi movies, which take you an a tour of USA, New Zealand, Australia etc and show all too clean streets having hardly any people walking, and are full of glamour and hardly any story, the Gangs of Wasseypur,is an out and out Indian movie.
It is recommended to see the movie and enjoy the story of revenge told as realistically as it happened, backed by good actng, good dialogues and good direction.