MUMBAI: If Gangs Of Wasseypur was not enough of an overdose
of local gang wars, Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 is worse. It
is like being invited for dinner and then having hours
of family holiday videos inflicted upon you with a running
commentary by the host. The story continues with yet
another generation of Khans carrying on the enmity with
the Quereshis who have survived round one. The string-puller-cum-rule-maker
of the wars of the clans is still the same, Bahubali
Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). What has changed
is the way of killing: guns of all kinds have replaced
knives and swords. If one looks at the sequence of events
in this story of the clans, it is obvious that the Hollywood
classic The Godfather has been brought in to Jharkhand
and slaughtered without mercy.
Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra, Guneet Monga.
Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddique, Richa Chadda,
Tigmanshu Dhulia, Jameel Khan, Piyush Mishra,
Huma Quereshi, Vipin Sharma, Zeishan Quadri, Pankaj
Tripathi, Vineet Singh, Reema Sen.
Singh is killed at the end of Gangs Of Wasseypur with
bullets shot at him from every conceivable angle. Times
have changed and the place has become the breeding ground
for wannabe dons, just like wannabe Sachin Tendulkars
and wannabe Salman Khans are sprouting all over in real
India. One of the aspirants for the kingdom is Khan's
own half brother, Zeishan. That is why it is even more
pertinent for the Khan clan to guard its reputation
and top position in the underworld. As soon as Sultan's
body is laid to rest, the elder son, Danish Khan (Vineet
Singh), sets out to find his father's killers but is
soon killed himself. The second one, Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin
Sidiqui) is unmoved; he is heavily into smoking weed
and romancing his wife to be, Mohsina (Huma Quereshi).
good for nothing Sidiqui may have been written off,
taunted and called names by his mother, Richa Chadda,
but he belies all expectations. Waiting for the mourning
period to get over, he strikes on his enemies. Following
the old filmy pattern, he starts from the bottom rung.
Why can't he go for the top plotters of his family's
ruin? After all, Ramadhir Singh and the perpetrator
of the murder of his father and elder brother, Sultan
Quereshi (Pankaj Tripathi), is roaming all over, exposing
himself. But that would mean the film would end in half
killings continue, with children and women all being
fair targets for the Quereshis as long as the person
bears a Khan tag. Killed in the spree are Sardar's (Manoj
Bajpayee) widow, Richa Chadda, her youngest son and
elder son Vineet Singh's widow. This takes the enmity
a bit to the extremes. This and many such sequences
not only not add to the content value of this film but
only help prolong it. As a result, it slows down and
becomes boring. Also, like his father, Nawazuddin changes
businesses at whim and the one he chooses for himself
stays his monopoly; nobody else dare indulge in same
the Quereshis and Khans against each other, Dhulia has
survived so far because he has changed sides as and
when needed and has never been in the forefront. However,
his son is foolhardy and against the wishes of his father,
who always chides him for being a fool, wants to prove
himself. He keeps provoking the Quereshis to go behind
the Khans. They are provided automatic guns and grenades
and the fight to the finish takes place on the Khan
residence. Closeted in one room deep into the house,
the family survives as Nawazuddin sneaks out to get
treated for a bullet wound and later retaliate. The
man leading the Quereshis, Tripathi, is spotted and
killed easily enough but Dhulia is not so easy to finish.
He is ensconced safely in the big town, Dhanbad, well
guarded. Nawazuddin has an aide in his half brother,
Zeishan. The climax is prolonged what with Nawazuddin
using one gun after another to empty the bullets on
Dhulia, who is cornered and settled on a toilet seat.
All one can see of him is his blood when the shooting
is over so as to not make this sequel pale in anyway
compared to its first part in depicting gore where weapons
like swords were used and blood flowed freely!
over two and half hour film is mainly about killings
but there is also an attempt at humour, even if it is
of the crude type. Like the band led by Yashpal Sharma,
playing a fitting song at funerals or weddings or the
three boys named Definite, Perpendicular and Tangent;
then there is honeymoon night with Nawazuddin and Huma
and the whole house shakes due to the vigour with which
they make love. Whatever humour is tried in dialogue
it is of the vulgar kind.
of the artistes are generally good with real life portrayals;
Nawazuddin Siddique excels as he never goes overboard
and treats his role in a matter-of-fact manner. Richa
Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia carry on from the earlier
part of the film and are as effective in Part 2 as in
Part 1. The same goes for Piyush MIshra and Pankaj Tripathi.
Of the others, Mohsina as the film buff and Zeishan
Quadri as the don aspirant are both good and natural.
Direction by Anurag Kashyap is indulgent; he tries to
cram too much into the film and uses violence as the
shocker but such shock value can work only occasionally.
That the film is divided in two parts is fine but even
as such the length of each part is too much. Music is
purely local except one where Huma uses English words
in a song to encourage Nawazuddin each time there is
Of Wasseypur 2 is even less effective than its earlier
part. After all, part one has shown all that the makers
wanted to show except the culmination of a family feud.
The film's Wednesday release to rake in as much as it
can before Ek Tha Tiger hits the screens next week,
may only have affected the film the wrong way.