Amitabh Bachchan reviews Gangs of Wasseypur

Amitabh Bachchan, who took time out from his busy schedule to watch this week’s release Gangs of Wasseypur, is all praise for the film, it’s director Anurag Kashyap and actor Manoj Bajpai.

Here are some excerpts of the ‘review’ from his blog.

  • Quite undoubtedly the moment of the day has been the film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (GOW), which I have had the great privilege to see. Indian Cinema at its best, honest, stark and as painfully real as possible.
  • For one that has been born and lived a major portion of his life in almost similar environment, or at least exposed to it to some degree, I found so much that I could well relate to. And that has led to the authenticity.
  • Anurag Kashyap has not done any fancy shot taking and allowed the visuals to flow as they would, were one to be living those circumstances in real time
  • Manoj Bajpayee in particular, and of all the artists right down to the smallest in capacity and presence, has been beautifully done. No one looked or performed out of place. They just did enough and that was effective enough.
  • Importantly though, the film Gangs of Wasseypur touched and expanded on a topic that apart from the blood and gore and the violence educated us on a social issue which most of us may never have heard of. The disparities yes, on more social and moral levels, but also on a factor that concerns religion and the evil that exists within most of the polity even now about it.
  • In all a glorious film and one that I would recommend strongly.

Based on a true story by Zeishan Quadri, Gangs of Wasseypur is set in Wasseypur, Jharkhand, known for gang war between gangster Faheem Khan and businessman Sabir Alam over a scrap business.

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the first part was released last Friday. The release date of the second is yet to be announced.



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