Gangs of Wasseypur - External Reviews

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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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43 reviewers have given Gangs of Wasseypur an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)

33 yays
2 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...It’s the film’s good fortune that the tedium comes in the first half whereas the potential for genius shows through in the second, leaving us with a promise of even better things to come. ... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Nawazuddin holds out the promise of a stellar performance in Gangs Of Wasseypur 2... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...On a formal level, this is easily Kashyap’s most fascinating outing ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...It has all the trappings of an entertainer, but with a difference. The film prides itself with substance that connects with enthusiasts of new-age cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Nandita Dutta, DearCinema ...For a revenge-drama spanning decades and chronicling generations, it does extremely well and engages the audience.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Barbaric Poetry - a Masterpiece !!!... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...I guess it takes time to settle into the atmosphere of the film, get under the skin of the language and the place and start to enjoy the experience... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Gangs of Wasseypur is Anurag Kashyaps Take your brains with you masala potboiler film.... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...deliciously gripping revenge saga set in the bad lands of Bihar.... full review

Thumbs up by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini ...I simply dont feel worthy enough to review it.... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Here’s a film that demands 100% attention and it won’t stop till it has it.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...doesn't work as an original story -- in fact, it's Kashyap's most mainstream film -- but as a sophisticated retelling of a familiar tale in an authentic setting, complete with dialogue, styling and music that evokes the earthiness and raunchiness of the Indian hinterland.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Cinematographer Rajeev Ravi along with Subodh Srivastava (costume designer) and G V Prakash (background score) provides the necessary impetus that makes GOW the film that it is. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...Manoj Bajpai is fantastic as Sardar Khan. This character will be another feather in his cap. You will find everything {Revenge, Lust, Maniac, beastly, Revolting, malignant, Lover, etc} in his body-language, mannerisms and most importantly, his eyes.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Filmed crisply, without any gimmicks by Rajeev Ravi, Gangs is both steeped in cinematic tradition, yet modern in its treatment. ... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Leave alone the referencing, direct and indirect, it takes the masala genre of revenge and turns it around to give us as much masala as we are used to but as a dish differently spiced.... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...You spot tribute nods to Tarantino, Scorsese and Sergio Leone all along, as the film leaves you dizzy with its wanton celebration of the gory and the immoral... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It reunites Anurag Kashyap with exactly the kind of style he is most comfortable with : hyper masculine, hyper real, going for the jugular.... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Even at a runtime of almost three hours, the movie, at no point, seems stretched or monotonous and there isn't a single dull moment. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...There aren’t many close-ups in the film, a tool usually used to hide the lack of thoughtful visualization. Every visual pulsates with the details of surroundings.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...A special word in praise of Sneha Khanwalkar’s music score; it’s naughty, rural, and right on cue with most of the film.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Definitely worth a watch for sheer cinematic pleasure!... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Gangs of Wasseypur is part Sergio Leone, part Sam Peckinpah on the one hand. On the other, it embraces elements from Quentin Tarantino and Johnnie To. But the manner in which Kashyap stamps his own home-grown style and sensibility on the manic mélange makes it an exhilaratingly edgy movie experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Gangs of Wasseypur works like an explosive leaving you wanting for more. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...3/5... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Manoj Bajpayee’s smooth, sharp, searing performance is worth savoring again and again. And matched perhaps by writer-director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s acting debut as Singh... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...The gory scenes and embarrassing expletives could have been avoided.... full review

Thumbs up STARDUST ...Yet another win-win in the hands of Anurag Kashyap comes in the name of music composer Sneha Khanwalkar, probably the fifth female composer in the history of music industry.... full review

Thumbs up by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...However, after a point the snapshots refuse to lead into something wholesome as our trained eye starts looking for solutions... full review

Thumbs up by Madhurita Mukherjee, Times of India ...The real find in this mine-of-a-cast, boy gang film, is Richa Chaddha. She appears like a mini-handmade bomb, but is quite explosive. Reemma Sen, with few dialogues shows her curves and contempt with ease.... full review

Thumbs up by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...that you feel like smacking Kashyap and co. for ending the first part abruptly, and promptly teasing us with one of the most seductive trailers (of Part 2) ever made, is a victory of sorts. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...what you see and hear will surely make you a happy hostage, willing to surrender to Wasseypur... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Bhagat, ZEENEWS.COM ...And, despite the film being dark, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ has an inherent sense of humour that comes quite naturally as the film unfolds.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Piyush Mishra, who once again reminds the industry the power house of talent within himself of being an actor, writer, lyricist, singer and composer. ... full review

So-So by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...For Anurag fans I would say that this is radically different from all of his earlier films and is his most commercial film yet. You can clearly witness the craft that has gone into making GOW and whether reviews are great or not, you should definitely watch it as a piece of cinema.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Jaideep Ahlawat strikes a super-strong screen presence. Piyush Mishra is believable. Nawazuddin Siddiqui smoulders expertly. Richa Chadda is first-rate, using her eyes and voice as sharp lethal weapons. Manoj Bajpayee is bankably life-like and controlled... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...while the filmmaker further cements a rather individualistic storytelling style, you wonder if story itself takes a backseat... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...One would be completely lost if there was no voice-over explaining family histories and characters, but even then, the movie goes over your head if you are not paying complete attention. ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...At one point, I was so confused that I longed for a master key booklet to the film that outlined the various factions, relationships and rivalries... full review

So-So by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Each and every character fits their bill perfectly.... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...The performances across the board are brilliant, but Bajpayee and Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan the butcher stand head and shoulders above the rest of the ensemble cast.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Richa Chaddha and Jameel Khan are the pick of a very talented bunch, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui (who, Part One's plot promises, will dominate the sequel) burns through the frames he's in. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...While every frame here is so passionately put together, supremely performed with brilliantly conceived moments of quirk, the whole just doesn’t come together as a cohesive story. ... full review