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185 Ratings

Gangs of Wasseypur: Part II

Directed by Anurag Kashyap
India, 2012
Drama, Crime, History
  • Hindi
  • English


The film is about the coal mafia in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. It is set across three generations and six decades.

Our take

The bloody conclusion of Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic. Kashyap uses the expansive length of his saga to chart with a precipitating body count the labyrinthine, death-courting codes of honor and reprisals among his criminals. As engrossing as it is bloodthirsty.

Gangs of Wasseypur: Part II Directed by Anurag Kashyap
The violence is at times so flamboyant that you gasp: when Faizal dispatches a betrayer, the killing is seen in silhouette from behind, amid sprays of gore, accompanied by a soundtrack of hacking, slicing, and a final heart-stopping thunk, before Faizal lifts a severed head aloft. This is where gangster cinema shades into the amplified register of gods-and-demons myth, or Jacobean tragedy. But there’s little psychological or emotional finesse, or narrative modulation.
January 16, 2015
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The Indian mob saga “Gangs of Wasseypur” is 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. The violence is graphic and the innuendo raunchy… Although the narrative contains echoes of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” — and perhaps “Casino” — “Gangs” lacks the poetry and character interest of those films.
January 15, 2015
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A cheeky repudiation of Bollywood tradition, director-cowriter Anurag Kashyap’s gangster saga is a little bit Tarantino, a little bit Coppola, a little bit Scorsese, and ultimately all his own. The two-part, five-hour-plus Gangs of Wasseypur charts the bloody rise and fall of three generations of the gangster Khan family while providing a crash course in Indian politics from shortly before independence to the present.
January 14, 2015
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