Gangs of Wasseypur 2 - External Reviews

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Gangs of Wasseypur II delivers on the promise of being a quirky revenge saga. A saga which holds no bars and lets loose the internal animal which revenge itself seems to have given birth to. A saga so full of characters that a keen film-lover would want to watch twice – only if they can stomach the violence in almost every frame and profanity in every other sentence. Others, shouldn't even bother.

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50 reviewers have given Gangs of Wasseypur 2 an average rating of 3.8/5.0 (?)

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7 nays
10 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Gangs of Wasseypur 2 didn’t work for me. That’s it. There’s nothing much to say beyond that. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pankit Narang, Apun Ka Choice ...The chemistry between Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Huma Qureshi is weirdly awesome and despite them looking completely incompatible physically, you just want to see them together on screen more and more! ... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Kashyap’s two-part saga is, for the first time in our cinema, an acknowledgement of the accidental hero.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...I would like to admit that I am not really in favour of sequels continuing one after another. But in case of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, I will not mind watching its Part Three at all and in fact would love Anurag to make it, but only after a few years.... full review

So-So by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...It is probably 3 stars for both parts put together, purely as it is a complete cinematic attempt from Anurag Kashyap and a complete cinematic experience for the viewers, but it’s 2 ½ stars for part two alone!... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Director Anurag Kashyap, in his trademark pragmatic approach to story-telling, fascinatingly spins this tremendous account.... full review

So-So by Prathamesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life ...Kashyap has done a superb job of portraying a daring tale not many filmmakers would even think of venturing into. But the intelligent director squeezes so much into the screenplay that it becomes difficult to connect the dots. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...a classy Indian version of a film based on family warfare. ... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...A 520-minute mini-series format allows the filmmaker the scope to indulge. He’s clearly mastered the pop-corn art of sensational killings and colourful dialogue.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohammed, Deccan Chronicle ...The voice-over of the narrator(Piyush Mishra) sustains a cool, objective attitude. If he suffers from sexual deprivation, and whips himself, this bit of masochism is open to myriad interpretations. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ... this ones a fitting end to one of the best films I have seen come out of this country... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...With excessive gaalis, blood flowing like drain water in the rains and violence that is in your face, GOW2 is not for the faint hearted. For those who can handle these, this is one hell of a finale. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini ...ake a bow, Mr Kashyap for the best film series of Bollywood. I am going to be a fan all my life.... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...Maybe, it needs to be seen as one whole movie with 4 breaks to fully enjoy the experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...By the end of 5 hrs 20 minute I got what I call a cinematic orgasm.... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...As a character, Wasseypur is still wily, always on the boil and this time the deaths fly thick and fast.... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...In moments that allow you to sit back and mull over the film’s finer points – and there are a few such moments in GoW2 where you can afford to switch off from what’s happening on screen, sadly – awe for Kashyap’s control over craft outweighs the joy attained from watching a truly satiating film.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi, Eat Pray Love Movies ...If Gangs of Wasseypur 2 were a book, it would've been a best seller.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Add to that the introduction of several new characters including Shamshad (Raj Kumar Yadav) and the original drama of rivalry between two families is compromised.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Kaala rey adds good dramatic effect to part 2 but it’s nowhere near as effective as its preceding compositions. Same goes for the dialogue.... full review

So-So by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...Its visual flair, its absolutely remarkable performances, its piquant dialogues – these are enough to cancel out any instinctive annoyance one might feel at its maddening refusal to kowtow to any notion of plot.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhask K Jha, FirstPost ...The ceaseless shower of bullets gets a hand-up on the visceral soundtrack from Sneha Khanwalkar’s excruciatingly evocative folk songs of Bihar... full review

Thumbs up by Kritika Deval, fullhyd.com ... "Jo bhi wrongwa hai use set rightwa karoji", croons the protagonist's love-interest, a heroine in the truest sense of the word. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Apart from Siddiqui and the actor who plays his 14-year-old brother, it is Huma Qureshi who steals the thunder with her 'out of the box' act.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...On the flip side, the whole rise of Nawazuddin's character was too sudden, followed by a few dragging moments in the first half. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, IBN Live ...To showcase the transformation of a simple drug addict to a cold blooded criminal was not an easy task, but the director established the scene with very few gestures... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Overlong and tiring, this film is saved by memorable characters and the fine actors who bring them to life. ... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...choppy editing, mis-used music and indulgent set pieces carelessly stroll into the narrative here as well, taking our minds off the theme but thankfully never really derailing the experience... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...The drama and the violence regale, as do the witty winks at all things Bollywood, which has forever consumed the small town popular psyche.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...GOW2 is a follow-through that is shot through with flashes of brilliance, and some wonderful comic verve, but that doesn’t have the enthralling power and spread of the first film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Everything from the gritty action, crude dialect, offbeat music, engaging camerawork is authentic to the core and adds to the effect... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...It's indulgence, rather over-indulgence, that sabotages the sequel to an extent. ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Watch it only if you love revenge stories and bloodshed.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...But like the first film, Gangs of Wasseypur II has no explanation of why these gangs operate, or the social system that breeds them. It is the invisible backstory.... full review

So-So by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Like one of the rickety jeeps in the film, Gangs II continues to load characters and rudely offload them at will on a rather pointless gunshot-ridden journey. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Guns, gangsters and gamchas…need we say more? Go for it!... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Nawazuddin Siddiqui steps into Manoj Bajpayee’s chappals with much confidence as the main lead here... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Dark humour is indeed the film’s lifeline and it shines through on a number of occasions.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...more gore than the first but less entertainment... full review

Thumbs up by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ...Dialogues for the movie (Zeishan and Anurag Kashyap) give a beautiful earthly feel to the almost unrealistic backdrop of violence... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The women are as important to the proceedings as the men, if not more, even if deprived of screentime.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...there isn’t too much of a story to narrate — this is a film you should enjoy for its moments.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...you'll enjoy the second part more if you've absorbed the first. Only then will the pointlessness of stretching a war across generations strike you as it does the characters. ... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Richa Chadha maintains her acting throughout the film and does a brilliant job. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shougat Dasgupta, Tehelka ...Like the precocious child too aware of being cute, Gangs of Wasseypur is ultimately irritating.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ... If there's one filmmaker who has earned that right, it’s Anurag Kashyap. He deserves that Hall Pass to go out and make whatever he wants because there are very few filmmakers who make films like he does. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...The story is astutely interspersed with bursts of music (Bihari folkish tunes with a modern twist), humour (crass and rural), high drama and sudden relief - like a sexual climaxing... full review

Thumbs up by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...In a story where revenge runs hand in hand with greed to trump family honor, it is clear that Kashyap may not have had enough time to demonstrate the after-effects of a major death on screen, often resulting in large bouts of emotional discontinuity.... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...Ugly Betty fans will find a new idol in Faisal Khan who manages to go from the lowest common denominator to the sum of all evil.... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...Trust Kashyap to be untrustworthy. Just when you think you can breathe for a while, you are hit where it hurts the most.... full review