Gangs of Wasseypur (2014)

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Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur. Staying true to its real life influences, the film explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in erstwhile Bihar (North India), in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream 'Bollywood' cinema (c) Official Site
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Jaideep Ahlawat
as Shahid Khan
Tigmanshu Dhulia
as Ramadhir Singh
Manoj Bajpai
as Sardar Khan
Piyush Mishra
as Nasir Ahmed
Richa Chadda
as Nagma Khatoon
Reemma Sen
as Durga
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
as Faizal Khan
Jameel Khan
as Asgar Khan
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Critic Reviews for Gangs of Wasseypur

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

One of the most ambitious gangster films ever made, and quite possibly one of the best.

Full Review… | January 19, 2015
RogerEbert.com
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It's a story about charismatic killers, men we love to hate, characters who are depraved, ennobled and finally doomed by their disregard for ordinary human decency and their devotion to an endless cycle of violent retribution.

Full Review… | January 19, 2015
Salon.com
Top Critic

Impressively, "Gangs of Wasseypur" manages its sprawling story lines deftly and maintains a brisk pace throughout its daunting length.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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A frequently spectacular achievement: five hours - and then some - of gliding camera moves, brutal action and dizzying revenge plotting, often set to a peppy pop music backbeat.

January 15, 2015
New York Times
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Even at this running time, the film dips into decades but doesn't dig deeply into lives.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

Kashyap's direction is ferocious and mesmerizing, deftly balancing hundreds of characters, story lines and bloodshed that never apologizes or slows down.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gangs of Wasseypur

I was going to stop after ep. 2, but I finished this overlong gangster saga just to see what's the raves all about... Story was pretty good, but the realization it's a no-brainer to me, plus the unnecessary singing and dancing...

Ben Huat
Ben Huat
½

A gangster flick that failed to click. With me, that is. Hope the sequel would be better, and more worthwhile than this not-so-engaging chaos. Not being a professional critic grants me an immunity from the obligation of rating an Anurag Kashyap venture at least 3/5. (Can afford the freedom of arrogance for the time being, although arrogance has played no part in my rating of this flick.) 1.5/5 with a generous heart.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Anurag Kashyap's sprawling epic saga on three generations of a crime family in Bihar is filled with lots of awesome, twisted set-pieces topped up with rip-roaring dialogues, splendid performances and earthy music and cinematography, but don't be insistent on a wholesome story.

Anoop KN
Anoop KN

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