Archive of films Gangs of Wasseypur / Gangs of Wasseypur

2012, 320 min

Section: Tribute to Anurag Kashyap
Year: 2014

Kashyap’s brilliant, not to be missed, three-generation revenge epic, set amid the coal mafia of Jharkhand in North India, is seen as his crowning glory so far. The film addresses Indian socio-political issues from 1941 to 2009 through gang wars - topped with superb music and cheeky digs at Bollywood.


With this two-part drama, screened at Cannes and Sundance, Kashyap consolidated his A-list reputation. In this three-generation revenge epic set amid the coal mafia of Jharkhand state in North India, Kashyap takes inspiration from The Godfather, then makes it entirely his own film, addressing Indian post-colonial, socio-political issues from 1941 to 2009. With a backdrop of superb music and sly digs at Bollywood, the focus here is merciless, coal gang warfare. The cinematography powerfully captures the mine-scarred landscape and the atmosphere of the populous city, and helps generate the plot’s rapid-fire tempo. Coal bandit Shahid Khan is caught and exiled from the region. Later he works in kingpin Ramadhir Singh’s colliery in Wasseypur, but Ramadhir sees him as a threat and murders him, triggering a feud between the Khans and Qureshis. Shahid’s son Sardar vows to avenge his father. Eliminating Ramadhir and becoming the most dreaded man in Wasseypur are now his reason for living. In part two, Shahid Khan’s grandson Faizal, an inveterate pot smoker, takes the lead. While his younger brothers vie for power, he is initially reluctant to inherit the mantle of revenge. But when Faizal finally becomes the don of Wasseypur, he awakens to the old feud, and his only ambition is to annihilate Ramadhir Singh. Wasseypur is now held hostage not only to former clan rivalry, but to much else besides. Their greed has spawned a new generation of opportunists, and the whole town is caught up in the vortex of chicanery and revenge. The film examines a microcosm of post-independent India, infested with mercenary gangs, corrupt government officials, and worse.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Tribute to Anurag Kashyap
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Screenplay: Zeeshan Qadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, Anurag Kashyap
Dir. of Photography: Rajeev Ravi
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar
Editor: Shweta Venkat Matthew
Producer: Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra, Anurag Kashyap
Production: AKFPL
Coproduction: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Reema Sen
Contact: Elle Driver


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