Shahid Khan’s death is still to be avenged, his son Sardar Khan has already lost his life in his thirst for Ramadhir Singh’s blood. That’s where the first part of Gangs Of Wasseypur ended, leaving behind a gory trail of blood. It’s time now to quench the thirst and take the final revenge through a maze of treachery and more blood spilling and bullets.
The plot: Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) has been assassinated by team Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) without completing the task for which he came to Wasseypur. He has succumbed to a spray of bullets leaving behind five options for vengeance ie his five children, Danish (Vineet Singh), Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Guddu, Perpendicular (Aditya Kumar) and Definite (Zeishan Quadri). Each of them is poles apart from the other. Danish loses his life at the very beginning, Perpendicular and Definite are too young to take over and Guddu isn’t of much use either. Everyone curses Faizal, including his own mother, because he is the wimp in the pack of blood thirsty men, he cries while all around him snort violence. Think Al Pacino who distanced himself from the family business in the first part of Godfather and you’ll get the graph right. The curses and taunts piled on Faizal eventually get a venting through a blood-splattered reign of terror led by him. The blood splashed with each passing death in lieu of vengeance gets progressively darker and this war can’t afford to spill over to another generation, it has to end now.
The good: When Ramadhir Singh is asked why he is still alive when the man he killed, Shahid Khan’s descendants are all being wiped out, he replies cheekily that all of them watched too much saneemaa (cinema) and had started believing that they were all superheroes, unlike he himself who stuck to reality and never watched saneemaa. That is the signature of almost every Wasseypurian in this cinematic story, as they are all about filmi swagger, vengeance and violence. Director Anurag Kashyap showcases these traits rather effectively. The hot-blooded, angry young man mentality is depicted in the most lifelike manner especially in the scene where, at the news of Sardar Khan’s death, Danish beats up his younger brother Faizal instead of rushing to the spot.
Sneha Khanwalkar’s music pushes the story ahead bringing out the nuances and the psyche of the people of those times, especially with Taar bijli, the track played at the wedding of Mohsina (Huma Qureshi) to Faizal.
Wasseypur 2 has a definite story to follow unlike the first instalment which was all about characters popping off and effective performances. This time Faizal leads the show in a very minutely built up character that has layers of emotions. There are also several new and improved characters like Definite, Perpendicular and Faizal’s follower Shamshad (Raj Kumar Yadav).
Yashpal Sharma’s band which was there in the prequel continues to add humour and fun to the film, along with the obsession of the people with film stars and their haircuts, like Perpendicular going in for a Sanjay Dutt haircut inspired by Munnabhai. There’s a higher humour quotient this time around. Sample the discussion on the name ‘Definite’ and also the scene where the murder of Ramadhir’s cronie Sultan (Pankaj Tripathy) is being executed. The entertainment quotient being higher in the second part adds substance to the inadequate first instalment.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui stands out in his performance and he handles the growth from non-performing onlooker in Part 1 to leader of the violent pack with panache. Despite Manoj Bajpayee’s flawless turn as Sardar Khan, in the 5 hour 20 minute run of both parts, it is Nawazuddin who ultimately leaves the maximum impact. Tigmanshu Dhulia and Piyush Mishra (as survivor Nasir Ahmed) retain their professional stride in the second part as well. Huma Qureshi plays the seductive yet spunky wife to Faizal with cheeky ease while Richa Chadda as Sardar Khan’s widow continues her violent streak.
The bad: Judging the film overall, the first part lacked action and had far too many characters and plots to make engrossing story-telling. This is starkly noticed when the superior second part commences. There is much that should have been chopped off by the editing department especially in Part 1. In its entirety, the film (both parts) starts to lose track with the endless number of job changes made by the umpteen characters, changes that don’t do anything significant to the film. The over-dose of violence and plenty of sub-plots all over leave a feeling of tedium and boredom, like the extra stretched chase of Shamshad and Definite.
Overall: It’s definitely not please-one-and-all fare; it will be relished more by lovers of violence than by anyone else. A classic piece of action, drama, curses and humour is stirred well with the maximum amount of bullets and blood witnessed by Bollywood. However, what stops the 5 hour 20 min experience from being the ‘wow’ Godfather experience it could have been is the overwhelming strain of feeling that you’ve being battered by excessive violence. If you’ve the stomach for it, your entertainment for this weekend is ready.
– Pooja Thakkar