The last two movies I watched before Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana(LSTCK) were both serious movies revolving around harsh reality( Chakravyuh) or just slam bang action(Skyfall). So when I sat in the theatre today to watch LSTCK the only thing which I was expecting from the movie that it should atleast prove to be a definitive stress-buster to me. Coming from the Anurag Kashyap camp it did show a lot of promise in its promos. With the punjabi flavour which has been over-used in the recent past in movies like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Yamla Pagla Deewana etc LSTCK had quite a burden on itself to stand out on its own.
I typically hate watching movies alone, but sometimes my fanaticism for movies over-rules it and I end up watching movies alone. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 was no different as I stepped into the theatre after 10 hours of office work hoping that Anurag Kashyap who had created a new world with Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 would once again weave his cinematic brilliance into a fine piece of cinema. Let me be frank about GoW 2, it is not a masterpiece as such but does enough justice to see that it satisfies the expectations which towered after GoW 1.
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”.
I do not know why I am writing a review for this UN-released movie.It s because I feel Paanch is a must release considering its mind-boggling storyline, deft execution of scenes and best of all the spine chilling climax! Paanch, directed by Anurag Kashyap was banned by censor board for “certain reasons” which I shall state below:-
The film glorifies violence(As if all the movies releasing these days are perfect for family viewing!); it shows the modus operandi of a crime (“killing of a police officer”-So Censor board should have banned Shaan, Garv, Gangaajal etc); it shows excessive use of drugs(then ban Hare Raama Hare Krishna, Dev D); it has double meaning dialogues (“with sexual undertones”- stop releasing most of the comedy movies made in India ); it has no positive characters(Still shocked to see this as a reason!! ); it does not carry a social message(Oh right! All the Govinda and Mithun s movies did..forgot?).
I am sure you will agree with me that these reasons stated by Board really seem futile to ban a movie, that too of such a class!
Paanch talks about 4 friends, their love for music, their life entangled in dreams, drugs and deceit.One of them Luke(Kay Kay Menon) is the self imposed leader of the gang who is slightly better in terms of monetary condition and dominates the group at every instance.They all are a part of an aspiring band which also has a highly “immoral” girl who is the lead vocalist.Rest of story is mainly about how a kidnapping act goes horribly wrong and how the thirst for success coupled by drugs makes the youth crazy and impulsive.But Anurag Kashyap saves the best for climax.
I agree that to make the movie more realistic some of the scenes have been shot with lot of bloodshed and gore, but trust me that’s what makes you feel the world of Paanch.Talking about performances Kay Kay Menon is simply superb.The drunken conversation with Aditya Srivastava will tell you why he is one of the finest actors on screen today.Also his character which is etched out so crisply has a loud voice “Franz Kafka, Van Gogh, Michelangelo were unrecognized geniuses in their life. Recognize me!!”.Aditya Srivastava as Murgi, matches KKM at every step! Rest of the cast also manage to play themselves into the characters.
There are few scenes which will keep lingering in your mind once the movie gets over.
1.Killing of the kidnapped friend by Kay Kay Menon.
2.Police officer s first meeting with the group.
3.Set of events which occur post the murder of the old man.
4.Climax! Nothing beats this one!!!
Thanks to torrents, i was able to watch this magnificent piece of cinema and also appreciate it!Easily a 4 on 5 for this movie.It would go down as one of those movie which are strictly one-time watch mainly because of the riveting story and suspense.I am just amazed by the fact that Paanch made almost 10 years ago not only has Anurag’s brilliance all over it but also has was far ahead of its time.Only if it was appreciated at the right time then we would not have made such a maverick movie-maker take a back seat and wait for his time to come; which finally has.