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You'll watch a great film unfold that is engaging despite being slow and violent. Yet, it is quite literally incomplete. Powerful performances and rustic visuals and sounds make the film worth a watch just by themselves.

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If there's one name I'd like to blindly follow and watch every film that he had anything to do with, it would have to be Anurag Kashyap's. Even beyond Amitabh Bachchan. There, I said it.

Which makes me really nervous too. I want to love the film; I want everyone to love the film; well, I want everyone to excitedly wait for the film - which is why I have to watch myself closely for biases when reviewing it.

Anyway, enough about my emotions, let's get to the film. There's dark humor, there's gory violence, there's supposedly material worth over 5 hours of run-time. Even if it's not all at one go, and the two parts are split two weeks apart, it is a huge risk. Should we admire this as confidence or get cynical about over-confidence? Should we snub at it as arrogance or for once admire the guts behind the arrogance?

In many ways, it looks like it will be our heartland's own Godfather. You can see the ganglord's (Manoj Bajpai) character growth even in the trailers. You can tell the characters relish humiliating each other. Doing it in two parts with story spread over a few decades is likely to re-register the age old conclusion that gangster films try to make - war is futile, revenge is futile. Here's hoping Gangs of Wasseypur will do it with a captivating narrative and detailed characters.

Just in case, any of us had any doubt about Anurag Kashyap's love for taking risk, just listen to the soundtrack once. While I'm not a huge fan of innuendo, 'hunter' tune has really gotten to me. And this risk paid off because the madness has become really popular. My personal favorite for being completely mental is 'tain tain to to.' The entire team has lost it by having too much fun. Full stop.

So, as I leave you with the music reviews, I cross my fingers that Gangs of Wasseypur is not one of those movies where the director whose films you really look forward to ends up disappointing you. fingers crossed with a loud heartbeat that's only speeding up.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "Gangs of Wasseypur is one of the most original and imaginative soundtracks in recent times!"
Music Aloud - "8.5/10"
dunkdaft - "Such a fantstatic soundtrack that is part innovative part funny and overall awesome!"
Bollyspice - "We went with 4.5 but to be honest I am seriously leaning toward our highest ever rating of 5/5!"
Bollywood Hungama - "2/5"
Happy Sing - "In fact the album tells me that music not always needs to be ‘composed’, you can ‘discover’ music and then produce it. Of course, that too needs a genius, but that would be a genius that would continuously learn, and it seems Sneha Khanwalkar is one such genius. More power to her."