Animosity is a great equalizer; the feeling doesn’t discriminate between caste, religion or economic background. Two enemies are men on a mission and anything or anyone else in their way is collateral damage.
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”, Sardar Khan (played by Manoj Bajpai) lives by this philosophy seeking revenge from his closest enemy Ramadhir Singh (played by Tigmanshu Dhulia), a vicious politician and chief of a large coal mafia based in the coal capital of India, Dhanbad. The movie starts with the elimination of Faisal Khan and his family in 2004 and backtracks to 1941 Wasseypur. The animosity between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh dates back to the 1950’s when Shahid Khan, Sardar Khan’s father, who works for the coal mafia leader Ramadhir Singh is killed by him. Sardar Khan then vows not give his arch enemy an easy death but finish his strength and then his life gradually. “Teri Keh ke Loonga” is how he proclaims he will seek his revenge – To screw his life like man from the front and not stab him in the back like a coward.
The rest of the movie revolves around both minor and major encounters between the two protagonists. The confrontations are both sinister and hilarious between these equally dangerous men. Anurag Kashyap has brilliantly delivered these difficult scenes with utmost simplicity that sometimes you can miss the subtle hints. Songs are well placed and in the background, Hunter & Womaniya are my personal favourites. The swearing and cuss words are never out of place and go with the local lingo.
This is out & out a Manoj Bajpai movie; he is brilliant in simple scenes, from fighting and killing a muscleman in the middle of a market, to where he seduces his second wife Reema Sen while she is washing clothes. He is playful and sinister at the same time. Tigmanshu Dhulia (well known as director of the recent hit Paan Singh Tomar) as the coal mafia leader delivers an impactful performance with minimum dialogues and maximum expressions. The surprise package in this one is Richa Chadda, (Dolly from Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye), playing the character of Manoj Bajpai’s first wife is as naughty and as mysterious as her husband’s character, at times swearing more than him. The supporting cast is brilliant and every character is a natural from the train driver in 1941 to the silent assassin, Yadavjee, who keeps making his appearance at important junctures in the movie. The man to look out for in Gangs of Wasseypur 2 is Nawazuddin Siddiqui (the no nonsense intelligence officer Khan in Kahaani), playing the role of Sardar Khan’s younger son Faisal khan leaves a mark albeit a brief role in this part. Yashpal Sharma does an unforgettable cameo as an item boy on the yesteryears song Salam-e-Isq from Muqaddar ka Sikander.
I had been waiting to watch this movie after such rave reviews and finally got a chance to see it last night. Watching a movie with such high expectations a lot of times backfires like the country-made revolvers which are used by the gangsters and as they say in the movie “Katte ka pipe fat ke flower ho jaata hai”. But this one was like a slow poison, gradually making its impact as it starts and so subtle that by the time you realize you are totally hooked on and attached to the characters. The climax leaves you hungry for more and I am desperate for the second part to be released.
A secret: Don’t walk out of the cinema hall when the credits are rolling. If you are patient and stay till the end, you will be treated to the trailer of Gangs of Wasseypur 2.