The first part of Gangs of Wasseypur was on the portrayal of violence on screen whereas Gangs of Wasseypur 2 featuring Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Huma Quershi takes violence and bloodshed to a new level. The film is the continuation of the half achieved revenge.
STORY- As the bullet-ridden body of Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai), protagonist of part-1, fell to the ground against the thrilling ‘Jiya Ho Bihaar Ke Laala’, part 2 snaps back with full vigor and continues the bloody revenge saga. The revenge drama continues with Faisal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) taking up the mantle of vengeance after his brother Danish is killed. The experience of raw violence, the energy and quirky humour that began in part-1 continues to fill the same mood over part-2. It is a finale; a coming together of the story that began in the 1940’s which completes the experience it promised in the first half.
DIRECTION- Director Anurag Kashyap, in his trademark approach has a strong story to tell which is easier to watch. With high dose of violence and assassination, Kashyap keeps his sense of humour mostly black intact, and entertains.
PROS & CONS- Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur 2 offers great cinematography and screenplay.. However with too many characters and innumerable sub-plots thrown in, GOW II is reduced to being a relentless blood bath which at times looks long, tedious and repetitive.
ACTING- While Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) was engaging, fascinating and even intriguing, with various shades to his quirky and ruthless persona in the first installment, his son Faisal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), is seductive in part 2. He is brilliant, from being as strong or as shallow as his character demands.
Huma Quershi, with her gaudy clothes, designer sun-glasses and unusual attractiveness is the hottest cheez in Wasseypur. She beautifully lends support as a powerful man’s ‘prouder’ better-half, even in his worst crimes. Richa Chhadda is good in the sequel too, strong and poised, she’s fab.
MUSIC- The music is given by Sneha Khanwalkar and lyrics penned by Varun Grover and Piyush Mishra. The music is infectious and delightfully quirky. It plays out perfectly in sync with tragic twists of tale in ‘ GOW II’.
VERDICT Gangs of Wasseypur Part One was defined by powerful ensemble actors and this part finely encapsulates the ‘other guys’ as vital players. This may not be as grand as the first part, but it’s more slick, cutting and hip. If you like the action violence genre, you will love it, but if not then this movie is not for you. A powerful piece of Indian cinema in time to come, we at Bollywoodbackstage give Gangs of Wasseypur 2 3.5 stars on 5..