Lights..Camera and Action! The title track of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi starts playing on the screen and the time in the clock beside the television set is exactly 10:30. This is how unconventional yet realistic(as expected from Anurag Kashyap) is Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1(GoW). Right from the word go GoW is scintillating, gory, realistic and packed with “Bihariya” humour.
GoW is Anurag Kashyap’s baby all the way. He introduces his characters with much elan and garnishes them by giving a regular dose of expletives. The story of GoW tells us about the 2 sets of rivalries. One between Khans and Qureshis, other between Sardar Khan and Ramadheer Singh. Be it showing how there was caste discrimination in rural India(Scene when Sultan is offered lunch by Ramadheer Singh) or how the nationalization of coal gave rise to the powerful coal mafia post Indepedence the movie shows it with panache.Gangs of Wasseypur must be rewarded for its extensive research about the rural setting in Bihar, its treatment, dialogues and diction of each actor in his/her speech. Though the first half of the movie is quite slow it is very venomous.Each and every scene is crafted to suit the perfect Indian sensibilities.
Performances form the core of the movie. Manoj Bajpayee as Sardar Khan is simply astounding. Be it him spewing insults on Ramadheer Singh or acting like a perfect sex maniac with Durga(Reemma Sen) he simply gets into the skin of the character. Tigmanshu Dhulia as conniving Ramadheer Singh is a talent to watch out for. After directing movies like Haasil, Saaheb Biwi aur Gangster, Tigmanshu as an actor delivers a power packed performance which is sure to fetch him an award this year. Richa Chaddha as Sardar s first wife is first rate. She balances the act of playing a perfect mom and “very” understanding wife well. Watch out for her in 2 scenes.1.When she tells Manoj Bajpayee to visit a brothel if he is very “hungry”. 2. Scene where asks her elder son to deliver food to her husband in the jail. Nawazuddin as Sardar s younger son impresses with his short yet stunning performance. He is said to have a full blown role in the next part. Music and background music compliment the movie at every step.
One of the reasons the movie truly appealed to me is because living in the MSRIT Boys hostel, I had heard the Bihari dialect and seen the mannerisms for 4 years. The movie may not be very appealing down south due to the same reason. At the end of the movie when the screen stills at To be continued you realize that you have witnessed a perfectly chiseled diamond in the dark coal mines of Bihar. I am still singing “Jiyaa Re Bihar Ke Laala”.