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Gangs Of Wasseypur

CBFC Rating: A

Runtime: 2 hours 39 minutes (159 minutes)

Rated A for some sexual content, abusive language, authentic lingo and violence.

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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3 out of 5

Gangs Of Wasseypur Review

What's Good:
The stellar casting and acting; Sneha Khanwalkar’s music; the direction; dialogues.
What's Bad:
The excessive violence; too many characters and a confusing plot; the length of the movie.
Verdict:
Gangs Of Wasseypur is a good movie brought down because of the confusing plot and length.
Watch or Not:
Watch it if you have the time, and love those hinterland gangster/mafia movies.

Audience Ratings for Gangs Of Wasseypur

60.0%
92 Ratings
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Plot Summary

Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur. Staying true to its real life influences, the film explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in erstwhile Bihar (North India), in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream 'Bollywood' cinema.

Critics Reviews for Gangs Of Wasseypur

82 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 11 | Positive Review: 9 | Negative Review: 2 | Average Rating: 3.2/5

Gangs of Wasseypur is by turns absorbing and frustrating. Watching it feels like gorging on too much good food, leaving you feeling more exhausted than satiated. But there is enough in the sound and fury to enjoy.
Critic Score: 3/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

Bolstered by its riveting performances and its thrilling plot dynamics, this is a gripping film that seizes your full attention. Despite its occasionally indulgent narrative, this bullet-ridden saga is worthy of a repeat viewing, if only to catch all its nuances. Don’t miss it.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 23, 2012 Full Review
Rajeev Masand
Rajeev Masand
CNN IBN

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR symbolizes the fearless new Indian cinema that shatters the clichés and conventional formulas, something which Anurag Kashyap has come to be acknowledged for. It has all the trappings of an entertainer, but with a difference. The film prides itself with substance that connects with enthusiasts of new-age cinema. But, I wish to restate, one needs to have a really strong belly to soak up to a film like GANGS OF WASSEYPUR. Also, this striking movie-watching experience comes with a colossal length and duration. The reactions, therefore, would be in extremes. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is for that segment of spectators who seek pleasure in watching forceful, hard-hitting and gritty movies.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Taran Adarsh
Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama.com

Anurag Kashyap gets flavour, setting and character right with Gangs Of Wasseypur but the lack of economy cripples the film. Yet it is the excess that suffocates all the magic, originality dying out for lack of room to breathe. There is a lot of gunfire, but like the fine actors populating its sets, Wasseypur fires too many blanks.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Raja Sen
Raja Sen
Rediff.com

Gangs Of Wasseypur is a very good movie that gets bogged down by the endless characters and length of the movie. If you love those hinterland mafia movies, this is definitely for you.
Critic Score: 3/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Roshni Devi
Roshni Devi
Koimoi.com

Rollicking and riotous aren’t adjectives one normally associates with a gangster film. But that is precisely what Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur is. The smartly filmed vendetta saga tosses and turns convulsively from one shootout to another as a bunch of amoral human bloodhounds sniff around for their next kill in a volatile, lawless landscape. It may not be for the faint-hearted and the prissy. Gangs of Wasseypur is a heavyweight knockout punch. You’re down for the count!
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Saibal Chatterjee
Saibal Chatterjee
NDTV

It's the hard rock version of the desi gangster flick, pounding you with kill after kill and unapologetically over the top when the mood demands. Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur tries setting the definitive tone on what the Bollywood maverick was always meant to be, fashioning an explosive entertainment idiom within the arthouse realm. GOW is gripping fare, although Anurag the storyteller reveals a few flaws. His story could have been tighter. Bloody brash as the film's tone is though, it whets your appetite for more delicious mayhem to come when GOW 2 releases.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Vinayak Chakravorty
India Today

Gangs Of Wasseypur, in sum, is style over substance. Too many gunshots, not enough hits. If that’s your thing, give it a shot. The dialogues pack a punch, the socio-economic changes over time have been captured deftly, and the actors compete with each other for top honours. Sneha Khanwalkar’s score is pure joy. The use of Jiya O Bihar Ke Lala in the climax is bound to leave you chuffed.
Critic Score: 3/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Aniruddha Guha
DNA

All that coolth and pop realism may do well with the die hard Kashyap cult but for the rest of us who paid to watch a bloody saga of revenge, it seems like a long wait at the circus. Epic fail. Probably works a lot better when seen back to back.

June 23, 2012 Full Review
Sudhish Kamath
Sudhish Kamath
The Hindu

Gangs of Wasseypur is amongst Anurag Kashyup's most accomplished and engaging works since Black Friday. And we are talking about just half of the film!
Critic Score: Very Good

June 21, 2012 Full Review
Gaurav Malani
Gaurav Malani
Times Of India

Here’s a film that demands 100% attention and it won’t stop till it has it. Even though there’s so much going for GOW I, there’s something always amiss, something that leaves you underwhelmed after all those expectations. May be it’s a hope of a dashing GOW II. Let’s wait and watch.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2012 Full Review
Blessy Chettiar
DNA

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