Gangs of Wasseypur 2: Too long, too violent!

13 Aug,2012

Gangs of Wasseypur 2


Directed by: Anurag Kashyap

Produced by: Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra

Written by: Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, Anurag Kashyap

Starring: Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jameel Khan, Syed Zeeshan Quadri, Aditya Kumar, Reemma Sen


Anurag Kashyap’s films usually get the kind of reviews that praise his craft and pan his indulgence. So even though Gangs of Wasseypur 2 got the expected 3 and 4 star ratings, almost all critics seemed to agree that it was too long, too violent and not quite necessary.


The ones who got the most out of the films are Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda, for whom it turned out to be a career launcher.


Rajeev Masand of IBN wrote: “It’s hard to deny that Wasseypur II is lacking. In plot for one… Despite the cinematic flair, this film weighs down on you, seeming like an endless series of killings without a narrative to string it all together. Where is the method to this madness? Unlike the earlier film that took its time (too much time, to be fair) to set up the chapters, this sequel hits the ground running with relentless gun battles and daylight murders. Yet it feels curiously empty, as if the characters are just moving around in impressive set pieces.”


Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express, who had loved Part One is less effusive this time: “There shouldn’t have been a Part 2. This should have been the post-interval section of Gangs of Wasseypur, carrying over, instantly, the charge of the first half. Yes, one continuous flow would have made Gangs Inc. a very long film, closing at nearly six hours. It would have challenged our notions of how long we can fill seats, without squirming or fidgeting, or thinking of escape. But it would have given us the story’s arc from beginning to end, smoothly maintaining the integrity of the plot, action and thought. For me, GOW2 is a follow-through that is shot through with flashes of brilliance, and some wonderful comic verve, but that doesn’t have the enthralling power and spread of the first film.”


Madhureeta Mukherjee of the Times of India gave it a cagey 4 stars, writing: “For those who like their celluloid hard and bloody and full of machismo, with an overdose of bodies, butchering and bloody-bravado, welcome to blood-fest – Round Two! This time it’s double the dollops of gore; two much. Booming guns and metal-shredded innards spilling gut onto the streets. More revenge and rage. More gangs and more bangs (some pistols firing from lungi covered groins) and more man-power. With every shade of red, black and grey – deeper and bolder.”


Aniruddha Guha of DNA also toned down his rah-rahs for Part 2: “Unfortunately, Gangs of Wasseypur – 1 and 2 together – falls slightly short of a truly satisfying experience. There’s so much to take back – mood, flavour, character, attitude – yet it leaves you slightly vexed, and wanting more. Not more in terms of duration, but in content. Given the investment it demands – 2 hours and 40 minutes of your time, twice over, and loads of patience – the takeaway is just not as rewarding. It was so in the first one because it was incomplete, and it is so in the second because it stutters on its way to a stunning finale.”


Raja Sen of commented: “Kashyap’s visual flair has just grown with each film, and this one is not just cinematically self-assured but also highly nuanced: some of the touches – like Mohsina’s choice of paperback – border almost on a Dibakarian immaculateness. Perpendicular Khan, meanwhile, like the Bob Biswas we met in Kahaani a few months ago, deserves his own graphic novel, pronto. Like one of those unending strings of ladis, this is, then, a proper firecracker, even if far too long. Had Ramadhir Singh broken his coda and watched it, he’d have doubtless been gunned down mid-film, the length (and volume) allowing his foes more than enough celluloid cover to set up sniper-rifles, grenades and knifemen for the job. Sheer murder, surely. Yet, like the inevitably doomed characters in this Kashyapverse, he’d have gotten to grin a few times before biting the dust.”


Kunal Guha of quipped: “Phuchchak! A stab in the eye. Krreeeech! A human head severed from the rest. Swish! Swoosh! Perpendicular and tangent blades inserted into flesh. And then, a semi-automatic is used to poke intestines swinging from a carcass that has been polka-dotted with gun fire. Now you know, when director Anurag Kashyap says dark, he means 99 per cent cocoa.”


Janhavi Samant of Mid-day, perhaps the only 2.5 star rater is left cold: “OMG! This one’s such a long film it should have been made into a TV series. They could have easily pulled off an hourly 13-episode show. Definite and Perpendicular could have become household names and our children could have learnt some choice gaalis sitting right at home. Not that one has anything against gaalis, especially since one bit back a few ‘Whathefa…’s while watching the film. Really, towards the end of the film, protagonist Faisal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) cries defeatedly over the mire of revenge and crime he’s been sucked into. “It shouldn’t have gone this far,” he says. We agree.”


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One response to “Gangs of Wasseypur 2: Too long, too violent!”

  1. Rahul Sharma says:

    Some of the scenes are really good …. n
    funny too 🙂 … and the overall movie is good too and for those who
    didn’t see the first part …. I found the first part better… but
    anyways if one got time they should watch it….. you will find
    definite, perpedicular.. in this movie ;)….

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