Rating: 2/5 stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Piyush Mishra, Reema Sen, Raj Kumar Yadav Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Singh, Zeishan Quadri.
What’s Good: The performances; the music; the cinematography.
What’s Bad: The predictable story; the mundane revenge drama; the half-baked characters.
Loo Break: None.
Watch or Not: Watch it only if you love revenge stories and bloodshed.
If the characters tumbling out of Gangs Of Wasseypur confused you, Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 won’t be a cake walk.
For the uninitiated, the prequel, GoW, ended with the death of Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee), leaving his sons to avenge his death. While Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is engulfed in the smoke of ganja, it’s up to Danish (Vineet Singh) to demand blood. But Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and Sultan (Pankaj Tripathi) get back by gunning down Danish in cold blood.
Finally, Faizal shakes out of his slumber and ruthlessly takes back control of Wasseypur. But our hero doesn’t forget his Bollywood-loving darling Mohsina (Huma Qureshi). Tired of the bloodshed and never-ending revenge, Ramadhir offers a hand of truce to Faizal: Faizal keeps Wasseypur and Ramadhir doesn’t kill any more of his family. By now, everyone wants a piece of the success story, including Faizal’s half-brother Definite (Zeishan Quadri) and Shamshad (Raj Kumar Yadav).
But when Sultan gets a hit on Faizal’s menace-of-a-brother Perpendicular, he doesn’t let go of the chance.
The bloody revenge saga plays out in the next 3 hours.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Review: Script Analysis
After the mayhem in GOW, the script of GOW2 has many of the faults of its predecessor; sometimes even more. Characters like Perpendicular, Mohsina seem like they could have given much more had they been developed better, while others like Farhan (Piyush Mishra) have been relegated to the background. This doesn’t really make sense in the movie and seems haphazard.
Also, after a point, you know that the next character on screen is going to meet his gruesome end, and it’s just a matter of how. Nothing really excites you from the point that the movie looks like a plain old revenge story. Faizal’s change of heart towards the end makes no sense. Some of the scenes (the fruit market one) and dialogues are very well written.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Review: Star Performances
One of the reasons why GOW2 is worth watching is because all the performances are top notch! Nawazuddin Siddiqui does the perfect shift of character as Faizal Khan. To paraphrase his character, “Sab ka badla liya Faizal!” Huma is lovely as Mohsina. It’s a pleasure to watch the shifting moods of Perpendicular and Zeishan Quadri as Definite. Everyone else provides incredible support on screen.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
No doubt that it must have been a very difficult decision for director Anurag Kashyap to decide which characters to retain for the sequel. But GOW2 just doesn’t live up to expectations. It seems long, tedious and repetitive.
Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is extremely well done. Editing by Shweta Venkat Matthew could have been better. Rajeev Ravi’s cinematography is superb. Shyam Kaushal’s action scenes are very good.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Review: The Last Word
It’s only the actors and the music of Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 that would make it worth the watch.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Trailer
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 releases on 8th August 2012.
Also check out our Gangs of Wasseypur Review.