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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.Read more
Come August 8th, the wait shall finally be over. It's not an epic I am waiting for, it is more like one of those 13 episode thriller TV serials whose season finale I'm waiting for.
They haven't left us with a major cliff-hanger, but there is a promise of a nice, impending closure to the saga of Wasseypur. I have promised myself to not go our looking for the trailers either. It is good to not know what to expect once in a while too.
Just knowing we have Faizal Khan's character played by Nawazzuddin Siddiqui is reassuring enough. Not to mention Huma Qureshi's Mohsina to bring in that smile every once in a while. That besides, of course Anurag Kashyap can be well-depended on for a good film, with a very high chance of a great one.
I'm happy to just anticipate this one patiently for now.
Milliblog - "seems more aligned to Sneha’s Sound Trippin work than the earlier soundtrack, but is still wonderfully eclectic"
dunkdaft - "Sneha Khanwalkar and the works, impresses yet again."
Music Aloud – "8/10"
Bollywood Hungama – "3/5"
Bollyspice – "4/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Disclaimer: This review assumes you have watched part I. It might contain comments that refer to event of the previous film.
A movie that uses a strong, scheming woman, who has very little to do in the rest of the film, as bookends - almost as if she was given the honor of holding the story together. A movie that uses humor provided by a local brass band singer as a leitmotif to mark all significant events – morose or celebratory. Gangs of Wasseypur II is a movie that engages you in its quirkiness because that quirkiness still has bearings with what is real. A fusion of sorts between grit of a village in Jharkhand and pulp-film style whackiness.
Gangs of Wasseypur II is as much about these seemingly insignificant characters as it is about its revenge-driven protagonists and the looming theme of the futility of violence. The smaller characters add flavor and ambiance to the brutal environment they are trying to thrive in. The main players of Wasseypur, Faisal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) keep you wondering about their next move. We know their motivations, yet we are unsure if and when they will strike.
It is macho to the core. The women too have an undying fire in the belly. Though they don't take matters in their own hands, but they surely don't stress over sending their sons to war. The ruthlessness in the violence is just something else. Some scenes are so gruesome as if compensating for the few that didn't feature violence.
Yet, none of it seems misplaced or overdone. A character who has gone through what he has gone through, with those motivations is bound to react with that ferocity. Only that, almost all characters share the same love for hardcore violence, so a viewer who has reservations against blood and gore might do well outside the theater. For others, though it is a release for the latent anger, vicarious as it may be.
So much so that, every time someone from Ramadhir Singh's gang is killed, you can sense the success in the audience. The bigger the player taken down, the stronger the sense of victory. Which is amusing too. Because the good guys aren't really good either, right? They are murderers, black marketeers, and brutal ones too. A doped-out good-for-nothing son of a goon, turns into a goon. So?
What is it then that the audience is rooting for? This question bothered me quite a bit because I knew not why I am rooting for these barbarous slayers. And the slight difference emerged - their motivations. The loyalty of the Khans to their main purpose versus the political and convoluted reasons of Singh's men. In fact, Faisal is even caught introspecting on why and how he got dragged into it all. He reflects on his personal dreams. And this is where all the Bollywood references fit in. As amusing as they might seem, they point at the unachieved dreams of the masses.
Moments and situations like these and the grounded feeling the whole film carries is what make me ignore the two main grouses I have against Gangs of Wasseypur II. The choice of narration – it reads like a book, chapter-wise, without smooth flow. If it weren't for Piyush Mishra's voice and tone, the voice-over would seem never-ending. It felt like the story was in constant exposition, especially when the voice-over continues the second half. That new characters and themes are still being introduced post-interval didn't help either.
The other complaint goes with my complaint against part 1 – it is not a stand alone film. I would have much rather seen the two parts as one and enjoyed it as one story. By watching it in two parts, both films feel incomplete. But, I guess commercial needs take precedence over my preferences. :)
Otherwise the film leaves no room for complaint. Once again to name one actor as having done exemplary work would be unfair. The women in Anurag Kashyap films always stand-out. Not only for the character accorded to them and their strength but also for the unique sensuality he has them bring out.
Similarly, to say an Anurag Kashyap film had awesome lighting, camerawork, sound, background score would be making a redundant statement. Also, something about the way Anurag Kashyap uses his music keeps you involved. Many a time, it makes very little sense (at least on first watch) but I still enjoy it. And for that I love it – making me enjoy something I don't understand.
Does it glorify violence? Maybe. It uses it brilliantly for sure, especially to bring the narrative to crescendo in the climax. Maybe, it exhibits the vanity of violence by using it paradoxically.
If a gang-war film needs to be made, this is the way to do it. Else of course, we watch Godfather, Pulp fiction, read the Mahabharata. But hey, why not try all three-in-one. Oh actually, make that three-in-two. But like anything that is a combination, it won't compare favorably to any one of those by itself. But is a whole that is more than the sum of its parts.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
WomanHandled: Gangs of Wasseypur-2 @ #PVRCinemas, #DeepMultiplex #Baroda. Pumped up. Faizal Khan! #AnuragKashyap thank You for #GOW #DevD & others
wildchild0612: What can I say about GOW 2..go watch it ASAP..
Weeneeet: Gangs Of Wasseypur II was good. Part I was better, I feel.
vivek_mogal: Gangs of Wasseypur 2.... awesome... one hell of a movie...!!!
veereshkalmath: GoW-2 pelpendicular... definite.. tangent... must watch
Varsha1901: Gang of Wasseypur II is yet another classic with characters beautifully etched out but a tad stretched!
urfis: #GOW the complete movie is such a gripping experience itz stays with u long after the light come on! A total winner! @WasseypurWorld
URajvanshi: Absolutely Remarkable Performances. Double ThumbsUp for Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur II.
ThePuccaCritic: Last #re of the night: http://thepuccacritic.blogspot.in/2012/08/gangs-of-wasseypur-2.html #GoW2 #review. Read, share till I watch it again 2mrw morning.
TheExiler: Gangs Of Wasseypur -II Osum movie....Faizal Khan Rocks.......
sunny_sawhney87: gangs of wasseypur II - a very satisfying end to an awesome duology...these films deserve a cult status.. #GOW
Sumukhkhond: GOW 2 is the best goonda movie of this century till date...hands down...Anurag kashyap rocks..
SudhishKamath: Gangs of Wasseypur 2: Nobody can make films like Kashyap. Nobody would dare either. I bow to the passion & indulgence but not the film. 7/10
sudhanshub16: Oh I louuuuuve this pic. #GOW 2. @faizalskhan http://twitter.com/sudhanshub16/status/233294798642085888/photo/1
singhvijaysingh: GOW 2 is a brilliant movie.....
siddharth_k: Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 was. Incredible movie.
shroboshi: GOW 2 is simply superb!!! Hats off to nawauddin...
shatanand007: Gangs of wasseypur-II,,,a superhit movie without a khan....a 'definite' watch
Saumil_J: Gangs of Wasseypur II, the masterpiece of film making. Violence with Humor, some fantastic performances. Watch it.
satyajitdas84: jo bhi bolo lekin maja chauchak aaya, film to badhiya thi hi lekin darshak deergha se uthne waali gaaliyan aur majedaar thi #GOW
sanjay1904: GOW 2 - a true entertainer !! @abhismiles82 lets watch 2 parts in same go.. wat say :)
saharan4z: GOW II awesome movie. Had a great time with mum n bro. Loved the characters Faizal n Perpendicular.
Sagar_S: Gangs of Wasseypur 2 rocks \m/ Keh ke Purmisan lunga!
RisqueDoer: So cant get enough of GoW ll ! @ankash1009 is a god-sent story-teller !
rajeshkovil: GOW 2 a bit slower than the the 1st but a must watch. Again the treatment of the story is fabulous.
rahulmishra2k5: Just saw Gangs of Wasseypur 2.Only difference is that mind has been blown exponentially this time.#GoW2
rahulgrover88: #GOW part 2 is truely an India's Godfather ,better than I would say , superb direction , editing and what a screenplay ..must watch !!
rahulforeshadow: Tremendous. GOW 2 IS A MUST WATCH...
pushpender007: Gangs of wasseypur 2 is the best movie ever! Nothing like you've ever seen in bollywood movies. Anurag kashyap Rules, The best director.
punit_online: sir many many thanks for making GOW @ankash1009 AND specially for shootng in bhagalpur!my hometown.
priyansh_satan: Gangs of Waseypur Part 2. Bloody Brilliant. #KehKeLii
PraveshHumane: So finally Faizal Khan ne Keh ke le Li....;)Gangs of Wasseypur 2... Good one...!! :D #MovieReview
pravek8: GOW-2 super awesome!!!
pratik_8787: GOW 2 ...jst toooo good... an awesome strong movie... All d actors have exceptionally done the gr8 job...kudos to GOW team...
prashanthg78: #GOW n #GoW2 dek..aur picture banana seek pagal..RT @RGVzoomin: Jin logon ko kuch aur kaam nahi hai.. sirf wahi log pyar karte hai
pragyabinani: Gangs of wasseypur 2, what a movie!power packed bomb!
oceanian: GoW II was watched & thoroughly devoured. Quentein+Coppola=Kashyap Godfather+Desparado+Inglorious Basterds=GoW Yes,its an epic of a movie
NishantJayaswal: Gangs of Wasseypur 2 .. Kuch baat toh hai ... Awesome ...
nirav_wadhwa10: Gangs of Wasseypur II... What a movie!! Truly amazing..
nikhilsince86: Gangs of wasseypur 2 hits you hard .. just loved it ..
nehhadwivedi4: Definitely a perpendicular to this tangent Wow!!!# GOW rocks truely..
MumbaiBoss: Friday night movie - The Bourne Supremacy or Gangs of Wasseypur II? Our vote's for the crackling GofW sequel. http://mumbaiboss.com/2012/08/09/film-review-gangs-of-wasseypur-ii/
Milindkher: Saw GOW 2 today. Powerful movie. Must see..
Milibooo: Gangs of wasseypur 2. Simply brilliant. A must watch.beautiful acting . Flawless direction .
mhnyaar: GOW-2 is mad, insane, beastly, powerful and interesting ! Hats off Anurag Kashyap and Sneha Khanwalkar ! @WasseypurWorld
MGuruG: Gangs of Wasseypur II is simply brilliant!
mehulmanpreet: I found the true meaning of cinema and the camera was invented for anurag thanks for making GOW life mein ab kuch aur pasand nahi aayega
masto96: GOW 2 dekhi li...achhi hai.....par khair ! zaroori bhi th...syllabus jo poora karna tha .
manasgunner: Gangs of Wasseypur 2 : At times monotonous, brilliant the others. Overall great watch. #gow2
leztah: #GoW 1 & 2 is unlike anything I've seen in Indian cinema. It's just bloody amazing.
kuna1_devil: Jo bhi wrongwa hai usse set rightwa karoji.. Gangs of Wasseypur 2.. Brilliant end!!! #Faizalwa @paranjpe
kiranchitnis: Bourne Legacy & Gangs of Wasseypur 2, must watch movies.
Kiran_km295: #GOW 2 is absolutely brilliant. thank you @ankash1009 for the best movie of the year. wish I could watch one and two back to back.
junijar: Anurag Kashyap is our desi Quentin Tarantino...GOW 1 & 2 are dynamites...modern screen literature to Indian cinema.
jay_s_rathore: Gangs of wasseypur 2.. Simply no words.. Only can say go n watch..
ish_4: Gangs of Wasseypur 2 ! Absolute baapness !
i_tweetu: GoW-2..Anurag K is redefining Hindi Cinema.I found it highly cathartic in experience.Loved characterisation of "Definite",n Band bajawala
harshsagar: Gangs of Wasseypur 2 Awesome Movie. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan Killed It, Amazing Performance. Beats the 1st part Hands Down!!! #GOW
furiouschokri: Gangs of wasseypur 2. Awesome movie. One of the best sequels which makes the 2nd part so much more enjoyable!
FRANK_BOND: GOW 2 mind blowing!!!! Kashyap's direction is masterpiece!!!!
elninowski: We need to watch #GOW I & II to understand why real progress will never happen in our country and really how undemocratic we are as a people
duggibana: I am disappointed..I am not satisfied..I want GOW 3 GOW 4 GOW 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and....... @anuragkashyapFC ---brother are you listening??
DevashishDryani: Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 ; ah just a good movie.
darshit7: I hardly watch movie again but nawab siddique.made me to do .#anurag gow 2 is the best mov after kahani this year.
CabirMaira: #GOW #GOW2 definitely taking cinema perpendicular on a whole new tangent..fantastic,brilliant, hilarious and doesn't drop for a second #WOW
BJ_baba: #gow (2,too) is far better than wow,, m more overwhelmed than u @ankash1009 coz its now not yours, its ours now. keh ke le li.. kudos
BarneyWinchestr: GOW 2a must watch...Anurag kashyap has really brought a diamond from coal mines of Dhanbad..!
BanGayaKutta: Kudos and Thumbs Up to @ankash1009 for making GoW and changing the face of Indian Cinema. BhaiSa'ab guts chaie aisi movies banane ko. ★★★★★
ayushbajaj94: That included two movies. Gangs of Wasseypur 2 & Step Up 4! Both completely different genres but thoroughly entertaining.
atiqallana: GOW 2 is epic!!!!have become a fan of nawazzuddin , @RichaChadda stole the scene again @ankash1009 take a bow!u r a beauty!!!
ankurdpathak: Watched Gangs of Wasseypur 2 last night. Superb. Better than the first part.
ankiihigh: GOW 2 awesome storyline can feel the jharkhand in me #bliss
anjy957: Wat a movie...amazing...awesome.. wow wow wow #GOW 2 :D
anindya_boffins: Once upon a time #GOW meant Gears of War! Merchandise, gaming competitions, etc! Now, it's undoubtedly Gangs Of Wasseypur!
amnish305: if sm1 tells u that gang of wasseypur-2 is twice as gud as part 1....then they'd b lying to u.....coz itz 4 tyms as gud....#Gow2
adityavnathan: This. RT @leztah Saw the #GoW marathon yesterday. It was awesome. Kill Bill + Godfather soaked in a barrel of fermenting desi daru.
adityakesarkar: Keh ke leli, Kar diye sina total chaalii! - Gangs of Wasseypur 2; its just awesome and its thrill can kill with an cardiac arrest.
AddyBrainwave: The complete movie has been made with such micro level details, it blows your fucking mind! #GoW
AanchalSharmaa: Gow 2 was Amazingly Awesome!! Trust me, I never faced those mini heart attacks ever b4 in a Bollywood Movie! @WasseypurWorld @ankash1009
_Rocky: Watched gangs of wasseypur 2... Class movie..awesome direction. Don't miss it.
_DesiGirl: Gangs of Wasseypur 2. Check. Awesomeness alert. But GOW 1 was indeed an overdose of awesomeness. :)
Zeal_zEuS: Gangs of Wasseypur 2 was nice but not as great as the Part 1.
vishalpdogra: Gangs of wasseypur 2 is good till 2hrs 30 mins the last 10 mins disappoint me and ruin the experience...
Yay! Thumbs Up, by harish iyer : Yet Another Foray Into A Forbidden Territory Of The Human Mind - Revenge, Wrath, Lust and Anurag
Yay! Thumbs Up, by hj : http://bit.ly/P6NMC2
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Murtaza Ali : Gangs of Wasseypur II, like Wasseypur I, has its flaws and seems overdramatic at times, but despite
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vikrant Shetty : Kick Ass
So-So, by guddu : Huh ..
So-So, by Raj : Opportunity lost with enthusiasm and zeal - uncontrolled show of ugliness. Sorry!
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Danish (Vineet Singh) and Faisal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) are left to avenge the murder of their father, Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai) at the hands of Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and Sultan (Pankaj Tripathi) who were already being sought for revenge by Sardar for the murder of his father.
Not for kids, for sure.
- Violence: We can most likely count the number of non-violent scenes in the film.
- Language: Full of profanity.
- Nudity & Sexual content: A bar dance. Mention of and references to sex.
- Concept: The futility of revenge.
- General Look and Feel: Gritty and rustic.