Review By: Komal Nahta
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Tip ping Point Films, AKFPL and Jar Pictures' Gangs Of Wasseypur (A) is a film based on gangsterism and set against the coal mafia of Bihar.
The film's script, penned by Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia and Anurag Kashyap, recreates the atmosphere of Bihar/Jharkhand beautifully. The story, written by Zeishan Quadri, is a usual story of revenge but it has several layers. There is so much of violence, bloodshed and gore that the masses would like the same but the ladies and the weak-hearted would be put off by the same. All in all, the script works for one section of the audience but will not at all be liked by another section. In any case, it will be found to be too lengthy and boring in parts, even by that section of the audience which would like the drama.
Manoj Bajpayee lives the role of Sardar Khan. He does a wonderful job as the man on a mission. His scenes of wooing Durga are very comical and cute. However, as a lead man, he will not be able to carry the film on his shoulders. Tigmanshu Dhulia plays Ramadhir Singh excellently. He acts with aplomb and uses his body language brilliantly. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is superb as Faizal. Vineet Singh is also terrific in the role of Danish Khan. Richa Chaddha is first-rate as Naghma. Reema Sen acts with effortless ease as Durga. All the others lend able support.
Anurag Kashyap's direction is excellent, given the kind of drama. Having said that, it must be added that in his quest to make a realistic film, he has employed a narrative style which would appeal to only one section of the audience while not at all appealing to another big section of the public. In other words, his direction holds very sectional appeal. Music, scored by Sneha Khanwilkar (and Piyush Mishra also, in two songs) is excellent. In fact, the sound of the songs is so different that the audience would love the numbers for their sheer novelty.
On the whole, Gangs Of Wasseypur works for one section of the audience but will be rejected by the majority. At the box-office, it will do good business in U.P. circuit.