Don’t miss for anything

Don’t miss for anything
After the Satyas, Sarkars and the Sarkar Rajs, Bollywood has a new cult thanks to Anurag Kashyap. Gangsters yes, but not the Mumbai underworld, potentially sauve or the larger than life don figures that Bollywood knows. Kashyap has given cinema the raw, blood marked criminals from the hinterlands of Jharkhand and how! In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to admit — not even grudgingly — that here comes a new cult.

Clearly Gangs of Wasseypur will never be the usual mainstream cinema that gets the box office ringing but movies like
will always have a a shelf life. No big stars, no big names — all that there is to GOW is grit and nerve.

Gangs of Wasseypur 2
takes off just where the first part ended — in a bloody mangled mess of a car permeated with bullets and blood and Sardar Khan’s [Manoj Bajpai] body being taken away unceremoniously. Danish, Sardar’s elder son takes law in his own hands and systematically starts to tick off the names of his father’s killers from his black book. But one body down, he is killed by Sultan. Sultan, right from the first part, has been the notorious killer who is a pawn in the hands of Ramadhir Singh [Tigmanshu Dhulia].

Faizal Khan [Nawazuddin Siddiqui] now has to avenge his grandfather, his father and now his brother. His mother accuses him of wasting away his time and energy on marijuana. ‘Baap ka, dada ka, bhai ka... sabka badla lega
Faizal,’ comes the seething reply as he holds up the aging Nagma [Richa Chadda]. And the fire that the story had marked out in Faizal in the first movie flares up just the right amount for the younger scion to pick up the gun, the machete, whatever works, to pick up where his elder brother left matters unfinished.

When one gets greeted with the sight of a severed head in a plastic packet following the jets of blood as Faizal attacks the friend who had duped him — one can fathom the serious cold-blooded calculation that he is capable of. Faizal is not hot headed like Danish. He has the nerve and the grit that his father had.

But not all is peaceful in the bullet-riddled land of Wasseypur where family, crime and law go hand in hand. Just as Faizal rises, so does other sons of Sardar — Perpendicular and Definite. Two of the most brillaint characters in the film after perhaps Nagma and Faizal and yes... Farhan [Piyush Mishra]. Farhan is almost a narrator of sorts for this whole bloody saga. His impotent rage is almost palpable as he silently flogs himself, when he is the only one left with Mohsina [Huma Qureshi] as he was with Nagma;  always the one taking care of the home and hearth while the men go out to do the deed.

As the story takes turns along the dingy bylanes of the small town, amidst crowded market places and ravaged poll booths the body count grows, and while Faizal takes down his enemies one by one, inching closer and closer to Ramadhir, the collateral damage in his entourage is also staggering. His sister-in-law, his mother, his father’s aide and then there’s no stopping the man.

Characters like Shamshad [Raj Kumar Yadav — of Ragini MMS fame] add the twists to the revenge tale. But for Faizal the focus is single minded. ‘Keh ke lenge uski...’
Even after Sultan’s death, it is Ramadhir he wants destroyed.

Saving the squeals [of laughter or disappointment — you decide] for an end you find fitting, the movie comes to a poignant halt as Mohsina holds her son with Farhan by her side as they look over Mumbai. We can almost guarantee your palms will be itching to pick up the gun. The story can’t end this easy, and the end is not fitting a Faizal Khan. No blood in GOW flows thicker than water — except for the Corleones of Wasseypur, this Michael Corleone needed a more dramatic exit, for clearly there is no part three.

The irony is perhaps just that, the mobius strip of power comes full circle in Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2. The blood line still runs — and it is left to see where the revenge saga ends. We just hope that it is not here and not so simply.

The second part is a fitting farewell as a movie, the desire to want another end is purely personal. Kashyap has tied it up good and deserves the applause. The music is perfect. Kashyap really knows how to pick his people!

The film has some brilliant scenes — Faizal breaking down in Mohsina’s arms is one of them, at that one weak moment he admits that he never wanted to carry on what his father started. But unfortunately — the game is long from over. The crazy banter of Faizal’s men while they wait to kill Sultan is another. The humour and the merciless crime somehow fits in almost perfectly. Irony.

Not a sequel to be missed under any circumstance.  Take our word for it.
Jhinuk Sen

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