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Gangs Of Wasseypur 2

Works on its ironic, cynical, wry path. But the minute emotions slip in, it flattens and turns filmi

Gangs Of Wasseypur 2
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2
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Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Piyush Mishra, Zeeshan Quadri, Richa Chaddha, Tigmanshu Dhulia
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Rating: ***

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi kicks off GOW1, and introduces the gang wars of Dhanbad. Here, killings are perfectly timed with the popular soap, gangsters watch it daily with their families—as much a ritual as their knocking people off. This opening scene unfolds from another perspective midway through GOW2, but the foibles and frailties of the hoodlums stay. They get an added dose of the idiosyncratic. So you get characters like Perpendicular, who lisps and kills with a blade hidden in his mouth, but fumbles over slippers after looting a jeweller. There’s the intriguing Definite, on whose origins an entire sequence is devoted.

Yes, there’s sweep, span and spectacle in GOW2 but it’s the irreverent attitude that sets it apart. Violence abides but not gore. The wit is in the dialogue, seeped in the quirky characters and the pulsating, hilarious chases on dysfunctional scooters. There’s something insanely funny in the killing where two phone calls and random chatter on litchi, banana and jackfruit almost play spoilsport. Nawaz, the pencil-thin Faijal lost in dope, dressed in a harmless lungi, shoots people and avenges his father’s killing. The hatred in his eyes and smile on his lips are as scary as they are splendid. The womenfolk are equally on top of things. The mother goads the son to seek revenge (tumhare haath se kab goli chalegi) and the wife participates in his mafia business as though it was as easy as watching a film with him. Then there is Saiyyan kala re, a song wherein a woman’s gaze, her romantic celebration of the man’s villainy, gets a touch of coal politics.

When the film follows this ironic, cynical, wry path, it works. The minute emotions slip in, it flattens and turns filmi. Like when Faijal regrets having taken to crime. The voiceover that explains everything; down to Jharkhand’s formation. The operatic high of the last killing. It’s here that the wildly entertaining acquires revenge drama predictability and GOW2 loses its identity, becoming an extended climax of the prequel. The probability of a GOW3 then doesn’t seem exciting enough. Unless it goes wholly tangential and eccentric. I don’t want to shed tears for the anti-heroes, or leave with a lump in my throat.


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