Gangs of Wasseypur is an Indian Hindi crime film co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film features an ensemble cast including Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda in the lead roles. The five-hour long film was screened at the 2012Cannes Directors' Fortnight. However, as far as the commercial release of Gangs of Wasseypur is concerned, the makers have decided to screen it in two parts of roughly 150 minutes each. The movie received an 'A' certificate from the Indian Censor Board due to its coarse language and bloody violence. and released in India on June 22, 2012 on 1000 screens.
Towards the end of colonial India, Shahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honour back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur. Staying true to its real life influences, the film explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in erstwhile Bihar (North India), in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream 'Bollywood' cinema.
Wasseypur is no more the town that was once consumed by the raging war between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh. It has spawned a new generation of money squandering lobbyists, turning into foolhardy gangs overnight. With illegal profiteering through scrap trade auctions over the Internet, corrupt government officials, election rigging and hooliganism, the town got murkier. Everyone wanted alliance with the most powerful man of Wasseypur, Faizal Khan. His sole ambition however, is to annihilate Ramadhir Singh, the man with the grand scheme. Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 2 is a fitting conclusion to this story of vengeance, which by now, not just the family but also this town has come to inherit.
During filming in Varanasi in December 2010, film's chief assistant director Sohil Shah was killed on shoot while performing one of the stunt scene which was an accident. The film finished production in late March 2011, with Anurag Kashyap moving on to direct his next film immediately. Anurag Kashyap, who co-produced the film with Sunil Bohra, has said that it is his most expensive film and he reportedly had to spend INR 15 crore on paying the actors.
The filming style adopted by Anurag Kashyap in Gangs of Wasseypur bears a striking similarity to the styles of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. As per the dialogues, Kashyap gives a feel of Vishal Bharadwaj. The rise of the protagonist and the re-union scenes in the second half gives a feel of Francis Ford Coppola and Mani Ratnam. Kashyap use of occasional bursts of music and comedy to punctuate the slowly augmenting tension at different junctures is highly reminiscent of Spaghetti Westerns. Kashyap's use of dark humor to judiciously propagate violence bears an uncanny similarity to Quentin Tarantino’s style of movie-making.
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