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Anurag ne kara waar… zamkar waar…

Hindi Film Industry has a reputation of screwing up with sequels in the long run. From the Sri Devi starrer ‘Nigahen’, sequel to the hit ‘Nagina’ to the ‘Double Dhamaal’ of late, sequels (not withstanding ‘inspired’ hit prequels/sequels) have never had a decent run at the box office till ‘Gangs of Wasseypur II’ happened and how!

Anurag Kashyap’s best offering so far, GOW 2 has broken the age old tradition of flop sequels and in fact is much more riveting than the prequel. But then you can’t real blame anyone since the prequel itself was all about establishing the characters and the story and in the sequel, the story simply moves on from frame one and is all about vendetta with a V.

Faizal brilliantly portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a pot smoking laid back guy who is goaded by his mother (Richa Chadda) to take up arms to avenge his father’s (Manoj Bajpayee)  and his elder brother Danish’s (Vineet Singh) death. As the haze of the pot slowly clears from in front of his eyes, its bloody mayhem all the way as Faizal builds up his little empire by his open warfare with his rival Ramadheer Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Simultaneously, he journeys across his love life with the beautiful Mohsina (Huma Qureshi).

Ramadheer in a game of politics calls for a truce with Faizal. But there are other elements who now wants a part of Faizal’s success story and in this melee, Faizal’s crazy 14-year old brother Perpendicular gets killed and now it’s a full fledged gang war.

GOW 2 brings about quite a few new interesting characters and among them, Perpendicular and Faizal’s step brother Definite (Zeishan Qadri) stand out. Like their queer names, these characters are in themselves very exciting. The characterization of each actor in the film has been brilliantly etched out and a vast research has been undertaken to make them look authentic. Bollywood prevails dominantly in the film and most of the characters seem to have an idol which in itself is quite fascinating. Right from sporting hairstyles and dress sense of Bollywood actors to having Bollywood ringtones, the world of Wasseypur seems to be obsessed with everything filmy and crime. And Ramadheer (Tigmanshu) rightly sums up in the film that he survived in this world of crime and politics all these years because he never was interested in films.

One can’t help but draw a comparison between GOW 2 and Mahabharata where two feuding families want to take control of the kingdom. Like in Mahabharata  you have the Pandavas’ step brother Karna being instigated to go against the Pandavas, in GOW 2, you have Definte being used by Ramadheer against his brother Faizal.

Despite the film being a revenge saga, there are some quirky moments in the film that evoke laughter despite the brutal or at times gloomy settings. One can’t help but smile when a brass band plays the yesteryear’s song ‘Yaad teri aayegi…’ during the funeral ceremony of the main characters.  The overall film has a realistic approach and does justice to the true stories of north India where crime and politics go hand in hand. But then those who live by the bullet die by the bullet as is evident in the finale where Faizal is killed by his brother Definite.

Anurag Kashyap’s direction is A-one and GOW 2 has cemented his position as a director par excellence. Each and every actor has fully justified his position in the film right from Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Huma Qureshi (who looks hot) to the actor who plays Definite to Tigmanshu Dhulia (who himself is a acclaimed director). The director has got the best out of all his actors. The screenplay (Zeishan Qadri and others)  is very taut and doesn’t let go off the pace of the film at any point of time. Some of the dialogues despite the scene being gruesome and hard hitting, manages to evoke laughter. Overall, the dialogues are excellent. Add to it the songs and the background music with the ace camera work by Rajeev Ravi and you have a big canvas movie on hand to enjoy. Sneha Khanwalkar’s music composition is brilliant and has that raw rustic feel to it that makes you sing along.

Despite the movie being a bit tad long, the pace doesn’t drag even for a second. It’s a brilliant revenge drama unless you abhor guns and violence and bloodshed which are abundant in the film. With Gangs of Wasseypur, you can safely bet that Anurag Kashyap is the answer to Hollywood’s Quentin Tarantino!

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