(Country: India; Language: Hindi)
You are reading about a long and sordid tale of fight for supremacy and honour turned into one of the epic gangster movies ever. The place is Wasseypur in the Indian state of Bihar (now Jharkhand). Two Muslim criminal gangster families of Bihar have been fighting a war of the survival of the fittest that spans three generations over six decades.
It starts from 1940s with the story of the origins of the dispute that reached its crescendo during 1990s and culminated in 2000s when most able men from both families were killed by either side and there’s no one left anymore to fight. Slap for slap, bullet for bullet, humiliation for humiliation, rape for rape, and murder for murder…they do not stop come what may. You know something is really messed up when a gangster kills a political head honcho for killing his grandfather five decades ago.
It’s divided into two parts like Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Both parts are completely interconnected and heavily depend on each other. My criticism is restricted to its run time (319 minutes or 5.3 hours) and documentary-like running commentary done from the perspective of the character of Nasir (Piyush Mishra) who is mentor to Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai). Granted that the film tries to tell the whole story spanning six decades but I still think they packed too much information for a movie. It becomes tedious to keep up with all the hard info coming in in quick successions.
To call the sound track brilliant would be an understatement. It’s heavily derived from folk and falls right in place with the film’s five senses. “Tere qehqay loon ga”, “Ik bagal” and “taar bijli” served to lighten the mood of otherwise grisly film.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faisal Khan was impressive with this impeccable improvisation. It was a tough role to play but he did justice with the role he was entrusted to.
It was debut film for Huma Qureshi (not related to the gangster Qureshi family). Full marks for spontaneous dialogue delivery and raw beauty of her character ❤
I’d rate the film 4/5. Cut the run time and cut down on running commentary and get a straight 5/5.
PS: For those who are still wondering, let me tell you it’s not some melodramatic, romantico-sentimental, typical Bollywood crap; it’s actually an art movie. IMDb Link