Movie Review: Gangs of Wasseypur 2

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Zeishan Quadri and Richa Chadha

Director: Anurag Kashyap

With Gangs of Wasseypur 2, Anurag Kashyap transports you back to the world of butchery, feuding clans and dizzying explosions. The second part starts where the first one left; Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) is betrayed at the gas station and is riddled with bullets where he succumbs to his death. His infuriated son carries his body back home, pledging to avenge his father’s death as he schemes to execute the killers but tactlessly dwindles in the end.

Following the deaths of the members of the Khan family, the hash-smoking heir, Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) rises. Taking his cue from Michael Corleone, Faizal takes his predecessor’s place as he callously beheads the betrayer’s head silencing the ones who alleged that he wasn’t adept enough to take vengeance. While Sardar Khan’s absence is felt throughout the movie, his younger son, Faizal, takes much of the screen time in the second part but somehow you don’t strongly root for him as you did for Sardar Khan.  After his courtship to Mohsina (Huma Qureshi), Faizal completely takes over the gang warfare.

The second part of the film is as gruesome as the first one. With a premise that was already laid in the earlier movie, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 goes forward with the tale. The district of Wasseypur has gone beyond gang wars. Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) has gained the authoritative role and the only one to face him is the menacing Faizal. The second part of the film pales in comparison to the first one. Having said so, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 is not a poorly made film. Although it continues the same saga and the same brash tone as its predecessor, after a point the story falls flat on the ground with a foreseeable ending.

Significant new characters enter the story with Faizal’s lisping brother Perpendicular (Aditya Kumar), an aspiring gangster with a blade rolling in his tongue and his stepbrother, Definite (Zeishan Quardi) who works closely with Faizal to avenge the family murders.

The performance by the cast is outstanding and you can look forward to Aditya Kumar, Zeishan Quardi, Huma Qureshi as the feisty Mohsina along with Richa Chadda as Sardar Khan’s first wife and widow.

With crude language and gore sights, the movie has some hilarious scenes with bands playing gloomy Bollywood tracks to pay respect to the dead and a well-written sequence where a gangster clumsily balances an assassin on one hand and a sidekick trailing the target on the other. A saga that walks on the path of avenging deaths, the movie gives you couple of tongue-in-the-cheek diversions.

The movie is supported by a cheeky and offbeat soundtrack along with excellent camera work from cinematographer Rajeev Ravi. All in all, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 will keep busy for a good two and half hours and the movie definitely deserves a watch.

Click here to read the review of Gangs of Wasseypur, part 1.

- Esha Chanda

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