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Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1(गैंग्स ऑफ़ वास्सेपुर पार्ट - १)

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India · 2012
Rated PG-13 · 2h 40m
Director Anurag Kashyap
Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

Shahid Khan is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku to rob British trains, but his expulsion from the village ignites a blood feud that spans generations. Shahid's son—the philandering Sardar Khan—vows to restore his father's honor and becomes the most feared man of Wasseypur.

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Time Out by

The storytelling is brisk, though the wealth of events and characters means you have to let yourself go with the flow. But Gangs of Wasseypur is always compelling, and Bajpai’s charisma means there’s always a colorful presence at the heart of the drama long after the endless hail of bullets has grown tiresome.


Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

The killing is bloody, the power struggles involving, the history-class examinations of the relations between mines and unions and gangsters fascinating, and the tough-guy routines, while sometimes tiresome, never less than credible.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

As a rich and exuberant character-driven crime saga in an idiom you absolutely have not encountered before, and a dense, unsentimental portrayal of the collision between democracy, capitalism and gangsterism on the frayed margins of the post-colonial world, Gangs of Wasseypur is a signal achievement in 21st-century cinema.


The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

Although the narrative contains echoes of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” — and perhaps “Casino,” in that much of it is structured as a flashback from an assassination attempt — “Gangs” lacks the poetry and character interest of those films.


The Film Stage by Christopher Schobert

There’s no doubt that Gangs of Wasseypur is an exhilarating creation, a not-to-be-missed cinematic event, and a work as sprawling, messy, and open-ended as real life.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

An extraordinary ride through Bollywood’s spectacular, over-the-top filmmaking, Gangs of Wasseypur puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace.


Slant Magazine by Glenn Heath Jr.

This insane masterpiece shows the self-destructive properties of myth making and how they overlap with the downfall of a community damned from the beginning of time.


Variety by Maggie Lee

The love child of Bollywood and Hollywood, Gangs of Wasseypur is a brilliant collage of genres, by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence.


Los Angeles Times by Martin Tsai

Impressively, Gangs of Wasseypur manages its sprawling story lines deftly and maintains a brisk pace throughout its daunting length. The performances are uniformly excellent, even if no character in Part 1 is at all likable.

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