Gangs Of Wasseypur is a tale of vengeance, violence and greed that takes place in the hinterlands of India. Read the review for more.

Manoj Bajpayee In Gangs Of Wasseypur Movie Review
Manoj Bajpayee In Gangs Of Wasseypur Movie Review

Rating: 3/5 stars (Three stars)

Star cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Reemma Sen, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Piyush Mishra.

What’s Good: The stellar casting and acting; Sneha Khanwalkar’s music; the direction; dialogues.

What’s Bad: The excessive violence; too many characters and a confusing plot; the length of the movie.

Verdict: Gangs Of Wasseypur is a good movie brought down because of the confusing plot and length.

Watch or Not?: Watch it if you have the time, and love those hinterland gangster/mafia movies.

In typical mind boggling Anurag Kashyap style, the movie begins with the opening sequence of the once-famous daily soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. With Bihar, and later Jharkhand, turning out to be a jackpot for coal, the mining mafia hold the area to ransom.

Under the guise of the infamous dacoit Sultana Daku, Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) begins looting trains. Shahid gets exiled from the village when the furious Sultana finds out, and Shahid ends up holed up in a coal mine to earn his living. Shahid’s wife dies at childbirth and he is unable to see her in her last moments because of the cruel mafia that refuse to allow workers to leave the mine. While Shahid is later hired by the ruthless mine owner Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), he also meets his end by his master.

Shahid’s friend Farhan (Piyush Mishra) takes Shahid’s son Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) to safety. Sardar swears to avenge his father’s death, and ends up returning to his home turf and challenges Ramadhir’s authority.

Though Sardar has a fiery wife Najma (Richa Chadda) on one side, he ends up falling for Durga (Reemma Sen). While he tries to give time to both wives, Ramadhir wants to put an end to his rein as well.

How Sardar’s sons Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Danish Khan take over forms the rest of the story.

Gangs Of Wasseypur Review: Script Analysis

Akhilesh Jaiswal, Anurag Kashyap, Sachin Ladia and Syed Zeeshan Qadri’s script and screenplay isn’t anything short of epic (in proportion). The film does has many delightful moments like Najma’s painful-angry childbirth, Sardar’s attempts to woo Durga, Faizal’s entry into the trade, Mohsina’s (Huma Qureshi) romance with Faizal and many other parts have been very well written and executed.

However, the plot gets so convoluted and jumbled after a while, that along with Sardar, even you forget the track of vengeance. With so many characters being introduced, it becomes difficult to remember who’s who.

Gangs Of Wasseypur Review: Star Performances

There are two things that GoW gets spot on: the cast and music. Each and every character fits their bill perfectly. Manoj Bajpayee is perfect as Sardar: vengeful, angry, philandering and ruthless. Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia are the pick of the lot as Najma and Ramadhir Singh respectively. Tigmanshu’s parts where he gets furious with his son’s stupidity are delightful every time.

Piyush Mishra performs excellently as the friend and mentor Farhan. Reemma Sen is delicious as the seductress Durga. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is fantastic as Faizal. Rest of the cast give very good support.

Gangs Of Wasseypur Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

Anurag Kashyap has gone a little off track here. While the direction is good, the length of the movie makes it tiring. He seems to have got carried away with his little tributes to well known directors. Some sequences (like Danish’s wedding) just seem to stretch needlessly.

Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is top class (Keh Ke Lunga is the baap)! Piyush Mishra and G V Prakash’s contributions have helped a lot. Rajeev Ravi’s cinematography is very good. Wasiq Khan’s production design is excellent. Editing should have been much crisper.

Gangs Of Wasseypur Review: The Last Word

Gangs Of Wasseypur is a very good movie that gets bogged down by the endless characters and length of the movie. If you love those hinterland mafia movies, this is definitely for you.

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Gangs Of Wasseypur releases on 22 June 2012.

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  1. Movie is ok. But the best part of the movie is;— when a tapori (wear a sunglass)dances infront of moving Jeep(car of manoj wajpai). 3 star for that sceen.

  2. Anurag Kashyap is like the arrogant young college kid in DU who thinks he has seen all European classics and read the existential philosophers so he needs to be worshipped by the wannabes. Truth is, he is a pretentious filmmaker who got lucky because easier access to quality world cinema has changed the way we look, think and talk about the art. Sadly, no matter how hard he tries, his movies can never match the genius and greatness of works of Directors like Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Darren Aronofsky.

    Unfortunately, Gangs of Wasseypur adds up to less than the sum of its parts. At best, it can be called an Indian gore-porn. Like his earlier duds Gulal and TGIYB, this one too is a half baked attempt to titillate his obsessive fan boys.

    At two hours and 45 minutes, the Gangs of Wasseypur is very long. A more economic director could have easily told the same story in a far less time. I dare to say that the GOW is an extremely self-indulgent film.

  3. Komal Nahata does not really know how to rate a movie..Go watch Kabhi khushi Kabhi Gham dude..Tell me one thing Mr. Nahata, what will you rate a movie like Black Friday..I think you will not give that more than 2 or 2.5, because you don’t have the brains to understand the gave ishaqjade 3.5, shanghai 4.5 .. salute to you..

  4. once again anurag kashyap have proved that he is one of the best directors in bollywood. the way he had conveyed the story of a small town with the language and dialogues which seems to be so real. he worked so hard in this movie. 4 out of 5 and the best movie of anurag till date.

  5. best movie ever made in india.
    must watch and the acting is awesome.
    or we can say that its a milestone in indian cinema.

  6. mind blowing is amazing how the director has picked up on the details.though it can b compared with the movie shanghai by people who have never been to eastern india , i would keep this movie at par with jane bhi do yaron on entertainment value.superb,just made my day.

  7. awesome direction…. 5+
    ranking for acting and music….. i havnt seen such realistic and raw movie ever made in bollywood…. thanx to Mr kashyap v hav a muvie where slangs are not like delhi belly but cums in a realistic way….

  8. Yes, I agree. Totally a gang-bang! I planned to watch this movie with a couple of friends at Wave Cinema and we had a real bang. We totally enjoyed the movie. Plus nice seating arena and creamy popcorn were a delight. Thanks to the excellent sound system that I could hear the dialogues clearly inspite of so commenting by the people!

  9. Its a movie without continuity, it seems alternate scenes are edited, The only highlight is the filthy dialogues. If you remove the dialougues from the movie its like a documentary. Its an ordinary movie, though camera work and lighting is exceptional. All 370 odd characters performance looks natural.

  10. GOW sucks. 4-letter words and Hindi spoken in fake pan Patna accent does’nt make movies.And Rima Sen in designer blouse in a Dhanbad shanty is as ridiculous as kasais fighting pathans without any apparent reason.Thank God monsoon broke over Delhi and audience had a pretext to leave the theatre at GIP, NOIDA.

  11. I suppose the plot would be confusing for some idiot fit only to watch something like “cocktail”.
    As for the length,the story teller can’t decide the length of the story,the story itself does.
    And as for the violence,hello?It’s a film on inter-gang rivalry and blood feuds,what else do you expect.Who made this the guy the reviewer here?

  12. What a shame !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cant believe people who tell their kids don’t use words like “SAALA” and “F***” even when talking to friends now want their daughters, wife to see and enjoy dialogues like “AAND KITNAE BHI BADE HO JAE REHTAE L****KE NEECHAE HI HAIN”
    Even if there is some bad language in a movie in US, the kids cannot watch but MERA BHARAT MAHAN is going with a super sonic speed.
    What I feel after watching this movie and reading all these reviews is that most of us wont mind if their daughters watching this movie alone in a theater, no matter who is the guy sitting next to her. May be she will ask him to search the popcorn she dropped in her lap. ( if you have not seen this, you will see in part 2)

    Definitely it is INCREDIBLE INDIA. Soon you will start watching porn movies in theaters as that is a reality of the society and great acting too. There is noting like “A”: certification anymore so enjoy with your family.
    I guess this is what most of us are looking forward to……..
    Sorry if my comments are disappointing to lovers of such a dirt…………

    • Sorry, but I couldn’t stop myself from replying to your comment. Unlike others, I will not down vote your comment because bad language is taboo in our culture. Gangs of Wasseypur is one Movie which I think does not try to send out any message. Rather, it is a film that gives us a new experience…something never before seen in Indian cinema as a whole. It tries to stick to reality, and the harsh reality is that these gangsters from the hinterlands of India speak in coarse and vulgar language. You may argue that does not send out a nice social message for our new generation, but then again, there are films of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino which use such coarse language and yet are regarded as epics. So what you must try to understand at the end of the day is that these kind of films are realistic and try to portray the grim realities of India.

  13. This movie is really awesome , i watch 2 time in hall & desperately waiting for Part 2 .

    Dont go on above Review might be she doesn’t know the difference between good & bad movie….. now the typical hero heroine roles are over where hero is coming on some luxury car or helicopter .
    This movie is based on real plot & Anurag Kashyap cheers 10/10 which is still less for this movie

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