Manoj & Anurag's movieBy K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: : Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chaddha, Reema Sen, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Jaideep Ahlawat, Piyush Mishra, Mukesh Chhabra, Jameel Khan, Harish Khanna, Aditya Kumar, Murari Kumar, Huma Quershi, Yashpal Sharma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Raj Yadav, Raj Kumar Yadav
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Director Anurag Kashyap's much acclaimed 'Gangs of Wasseypur' Part 1 released June 22nd, 2012 is packed with action, romance and music. Beware though that this Bollywood flick unlike any other is a period film with the choicest of crudest Hindi expletives and gory violence with hanging carcasses. The foreign elements are clouded by its distinct edgy desi masala and style. Kashyap explains the way too lengthy 150 minutes must be sat through with patience and then await its Part II. The movie clearly belongs to the two tall men - lead actor Manoj Bajpayee and director Kashyap. Other actors in a large ensemble cast are excellent too.
Sardar's (Manoj Bajpayee's) father, Shahid Khan, played by Jaideep Ahlawat, imitates an otherwise good-willed brigand to rob British trains, presumably a historical north Indian dacoit known as Sultana daaku. Ramadhir Singh played by director-actor Tigmanshu Dhulia gets Sardar's father killed to monopolize the coal terrain. Sardar (Manoj) vows revenge. An otherwise crude Sardar has a soft corner for women. He is married to tough and foul-mouthed Nagma played by Richa Chadha, but he dwells also in the love den of a mistress played by Bong girl Durga played by the pretty Reema Sen. Sandwiched between two jealous women who have given him children too - four from Nagma one from Durga - is the other dimension of the movie.
Nagma's son Faizal Khan played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui turns a drug addict and can't take the reins of his father. He falls for Mohsina played by pretty Huma Quraishi which is perhaps the most romantic part of this otherwise violent and cheaply sexy film. Dialogues and acts of this pair lend big support to the movie. Manoj has sworn enemies all around Wasseypur for decades, a reason the film traverses the most gory killings between the two clans of Qureshis and Pathans. The movie begins in pre-Independence India of 1941with dacoits looting trains to feed themselves and the poor. Waasseypur in Dhanbaad belonged to undivided Bengal and was later transferred first to Bihar and finally to Jhaarkhand. The coal mafia clans of Qureshis and Pathans fight fiercely.
The plot, setting and reality of the movie come together perfectly. Anurag Kashyap received deserved applause at Cannes and it's evident in his full control moviemaking. He utilizes the ensemble cast very well. Tigmanshu Dhulia fares excellent. Richa Chaddha, explosive like a bomb, looks pretty and acts natural. Reemma Sen looks her prettiest ever and plays a difficult character very well. Piyush Mishra plays the challenging role of Manoj's uncle but is mostly confirned to the background. Nawazuddin Siddiqui proves his mettle despite his brief role as Manoj's son. G V Prakash's background score gels well and so does Sneha Khanwalkar's folk music. It may well be for the first time that folk music dominates a Hindi movie and it's purely fascinating and magical. Rajeev Raj's cinematography is brilliant. The movie reflects the lifestyle of the Bihar.
This might well be Manoj Bajpayee's best performance and Anurag Kashyap's inimical style. The gory scenes and embarrassing expletives could have been avoided. But, for serious Bollywood moviegoers liking edgy cinema, 'Gangs of Waasseypur' is a delightful treat! A cautious but must watch!!
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