Review: Gangs of Wasseypur II

Movie Reviews
8 August 2012

Anurag Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur II' is even better than its prequel. The complete competence with which Kashyap handles this subject is proof that he completely owned the plot and the narrative. There was so much going on in 'Gangs of Wasseypur I', that at times, it was difficult to keep track of the details but 'Wasseypur II' has enough clarity, is much better nuanced and is not as dark as the first one.

If the first one was all about Manoj Bajpai, this one belongs to Nawazuddin Siddiqui completely. Nawazuddin manages to imbibe various aspects of Faisal's character and essays the role with impeccable ease. Your heart goes out to the conflicted protagonist. The druggie Faisal who is so busy puffing away at his joint that he is almost indifferent to his father and elder brother's murder, the reluctant gangster who is thrust into the limelight by default, the lover who is as smitten despite the tough exterior.

While Siddiqui never really leaves the spotlight, every other member of the cast no matter how short the role makes their presence felt. It's commendable how Kashyap manages to make every character memorable, especially, Faisal's younger brother, Perpendicular. Richa Chadha belts out another commendable performance as Sardar Khan's feisty widow, who is unforgiving of her enemies.

Superficially 'Gangs of Wasseypur II' is just another well-made gang war story, the revenge saga between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh comes to its logical end with Faizal Khan taking over the reins of Wasseypur. However, Wasseypur stands out not just for the commendable performances, the apt background score and the wry humour that it's peppered with but for the subtle Biharisms that is spot on, like how Faizal is called 'Faijal' by everyone in the family.

I was a little disappointed with the predictable end. Faizal managed to look through all the collusion and the connivance except the final one. May be I would have liked to see our protagonist emerge invincible because his character was more farsighted than Sardar Khan. Kashyap probably preferred to stick to a more realistic conclusion than a filmi one. Anurag Kashyap scores even bigger this time and Nawazuddin stands tall with a towering performace.

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