Anurag Kashyaps’ Gangs of Wasseypur is an epic movie – so long that it had to be split into two movies for cinemas. It tells a tale spanning three generations and six decades, yet fleshes out its characters completely, maintains pacing and holds the viewers interest. To me, Gangs of Wasseypur is one of the finest movies to come out of Indian cinema.
A lot of the movies’ charm(and rewatchability) comes from the characters subtleties and colloquial language. So when it was released in US theaters earlier this year, its reception by critics there came as a pleasant surprise.
A possible turning point in Hindi cinema, Anurag Kashyap’s epic drama doesn’t pull any punches in its portrayal of gangster life in an Indian mining town
Any conversation about gangster movies going forward has to mention “Gangs of Wasseypur,” or it will be incomplete
as a rich and exuberant character-driven crime saga in an idiom you absolutely have not encountered before, and a dense, unsentimental portrayal of the collision between democracy, capitalism and gangsterism on the frayed margins of the post-colonial world, “Gangs of Wasseypur” is a signal achievement in 21st-century cinema.
belongs alongside the great crime sagas of the cinema: The Godfather trilogy, City of God, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900, Heimat and Johnnie To’s Election
Thoroughly deserved high praise!