07 May, 2021

Gangs Of Wasseypur (Part I)

Kashyap’s most ambitious and accomplished — fantastic music, laughter, and spot-on dialogues. Curiously, it leaves you overwhelmed and yet untouched.

Gangs Of Wasseypur (Part I)

Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nawazuddin Siddique, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Rating: ***

The title in the poster is in cowboy western fonts and the name itself is a nod to Scorsese and Tarantino. There are Godardian voice-overs and expansive yet stark, choking shots of featureless countryside—like in, say, a Sergio Leone or even the Coen Brothers. There’s almost a direct lift of a Godfather set-piece, Sonny Corleone’s killing, complete with a treacherous phone call and a car being bullet-ridden at a midway point. But as a bloodied Manoj Bajpai falls in slow motion, there’s the quirky, rumbustious Jiya ho Bihar ke lala to go with it. Whatever influences director Anurag Kashyap may have had, this touch of the earthy as element of surprise...

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