Gangs of Wasseypur is a treat; a sequence of one brilliant scene after another, scenes which are fun on surface but psychotically violent deep down. It’s bold, in the face and everything a good crime movie should be. The sets, the dialogues, the casting, even the use of regional words is meticulous. But it’s just too long, it’s like watching two good movies back to back, it feels good but you still get tired. If only Kashyap had the guts to go for a television series instead of a movie, this could be India’s first globally accepted and renowned television program.
The movie clearly has been edited a lot to compress it into a feature length film; TV could have given more breathing space to the myriad of characters who pop in and out and dazzle you. Even at its current length, the first part itself could have made up for 7-8 episode series. Bajpayi is phenomenal as Sardar Singh, but I believe none of the actor was any less; Kashyap has been successful in extracting delightfully realistic characters from the entire cast.
But it is definitely not for the faint hearted, the movie is as gory as they come, without any regards to your sensibility. So, beware. I saw many people leaving the theatre, some even before the interval, especially around the scene where a new inspector wanders into qureshi territory, a butchering house, in search of evidence for a murder. My take? Watch it if you don’t want to miss an explosion of cinematic art. This is one of the movies which will mark the point in history where the Indian Film Industry and its audience matured. Waiting for the second part now!!