Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gangs - of - Wasseypur

What can I say about the film that hasn't already been covered in the various reviews done by mainstream critics? Nothing actually. However there are still thoughts that I need to spit out so here they are
  • Took me 3 sittings to finish the movie.. and this is just Part 1. The movie is way too long.
  • I absolutely loved the first 90 mts. The second part of 40 mts was relatively less engaging and the last 30 mts were a real drag. By then, I had taken more than a few snack & bio breaks only to return back & find not much has happened. Very frustrating. 
  • Manoj Bajpayee is brilliant, almost as good as he was in Satya but he is overshadowed by each and every one of the side characters. Tigmanshu Dhulia is a revelation, Jaideep Ahlawat has scorching screen presence (reminded me of Hritik in Jodha Akbar though the comparison might make no sense to a lot of people),  Piyush Mishra (remember him from Maqbool) is a scene stealer and Richa Chadda, if this were Hollywood, would have been a shoo-in for a Best Supporting actress Oscar.
  •  While AK has to be lauded for trying to create an epic spanning 5 decades, what must have seemed a very grand idea on paper has not been translated into reel. The movie, while still a cut above the rest of the routine fare that Bollywood churns out, is not an epic.
  • The loudest taalis have to go to the sound track / background music and the dialogues.
    • Sneha Khanwalkar's too-good-to-be-true sound track is probably Bollywood's finest OST - used just as it should have been. Kehke Loonga and O Womaniya are just toooooooooooooooooo good. BGM by GV Prakash is note perfect. 
    • Considering the milleu & the characters that AK has etched out, it is difficult to imagine these people talking in any other language than the coarse, crude way they do in the movie. Also refreshing to not be beeped out of this colorful, expletive-laden lingo.  This is one movie I'd loved to watch 10 yrs back at RECT with my Bihari buddies. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHSUM !!!
 In summary, 3.5 stars out of 5. Bring on Part 2 !!!!!!!!!

Note to Anurag Kashyap - coming out with individual DVDs for both parts is plain stupidity and reeks of desperation to milk the few fans who'd be willing to invest hard earned money on the DVD.

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