No chocolate hero nor the big budget but still Anurag Kashyap's latest movie Gangs of Wasseypur is India's first mainstream film to be screened in the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes.
The film is an epic tale, spanning 60 years of two feuding families set against the backdrop of the rural coal mining communities in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India. Accentuated by strong performances by a talented and eclectic cast comprising of Hindi cinemas finest, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda, the film is cleverly told in two parts.
The Times (UK) said of director Anurag Kashyap “(His) gritty, rowdy snapshots of contemporary India have marked him out as one of the hippest film-makers working on the subcontinent.”
The Hollywood Report called Gangs of Wasseypur, “A dizzying explosion of an Indian gangster film, whose epic structure and colorful, immoral killers capture the imagination for over five hours. Gangs of Wasseypur puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace.”
Screen Daily commented; “Never a dull moment … oozing visual style, laced with tight and often blackly comic dialogue,… this Tarantino-tinged Bihari take on The Godfather has what it takes to cross over from the Indian domestic and Diaspora markets to reach out to action-loving, gore-tolerant theatrical and auxiliary genre audiences worldwide.”
Filmmaker like Anurag Kashyap are making the Indian cinema proud. Those who dont believe in cinema and are the representative of bollywood are changing the outfits out there. But Kashyap and his extra ordinary team is because of their quality work in cannes.
(Author - Manees Bajpai)