Splitting a five hour movie into two parts comes with its share of disadvantages. While Manoj Bajpai took the lead in the first part as ‘Sardar Khan’, the second part of Gangs of Wasseypur has the lesser-known Nawazuddin Siddiqui, playing the central character of 'Faizal Khan', the second son of Sardar Khan. Though the theatre artist from Uttar Pradesh puts up a credible effort, he fails to emulate the senior actor’s presence in the first part.
Gangs of Wasseypur 2 is about Faizal Khan seeking revenge for the murder of his father. The whole movie revolves around the rivalry between the Khan Clan and 'Sultan Qureshi' played by Pankaj Tripathi. Just like the first part, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 also has its share of brutal killings and blood-shed, with chaos and satire as the backdrop.
The music is by G V Prakash Kumar and the folk songs he uses blend well with the satiric nature of the film. The characters also reflect the trends of the different timelines in the movie. Anurag Kashyap, who has written, directed and produced the movie, has gone great lengths in linking every scene to the contemporary world making the journey through the different timelines an interesting experience.
However, the director made the mistake of including too many characters, which reflects poorly on the narration as a whole. There’s an array of new faces in Gangs of Wasseypur 2, unlike the first part. While the first part saw Sardar Khan dominating throughout, the second part fails to put the spotlight on any particular character. This has been refreshing even though the absence of such a character is prominent.
The local language of rural North India has been used throughout the film. This, along with the voice-over technique used several times, makes the job of following Gangs of Wasseypur 2, a strenuous experience for the viewer. After having displayed a lot of unconventional aspects on the reel, the movie ends without a definite conclusion. Anurag Kashyap has not told a story that's unique, but has uniquely told the story of a blood-feud in rural India. In spite of this, Gangs of Wasseypur ends up being just another family-gangster movie.
Zeishan Quadri who dons the role of 'Definite', Sardar Khan's son by his second wife enjoys maximum amount of exposure in the film. His portrayal of a dreamy young man, completely taken in by Hindi movies and desperately trying to build up the image of a mean and calculated gangster to emulate his onscreen idols , has been done well enough to leave a lasting impression on the viewer.
Just as in the first part, the use of folk songs to convey hidden meanings implied in different situations is a brilliant approach. Rural India has been captured very well towards the end of the movie, when the timeline approaches the present. Cinematographer Rajeev Ravi proves by his brilliant work behind the camera that if it were not for the budget, he could have given a good visual treat of rural India of the past in the first part as well.
Gangs of Wasseypur is definitely a feather in the cap for director Anurag Kashyap, a legacy for the coming generations. The film is sure to thrill movie buffs even twenty years down the road. However, in the process of making the movie unique and realistic, a few errors have crept in, regarding the detailing of certain scenes and the storyline as well.
Gangs of Wasseypur 2, is the continuation of the first part, and for those who liked the first installment, the second part is a must-watch. For others, the film is a good watch, but might be a little difficult to follow.
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