Gangs of Wasseypur - 5 Not-So-Obvious Reasons to Watch

My not-so-obvious may be pretty obvious for you and I would be elated if that is the case. It depends on how religiously you follow Aay Kay, The Kashyap and his every movie, even before its release. 

I believe, by now, you must have seen the trailer and the poster of his upcoming film Gangs of Wasseypur, which was unveiled yesterday by Viacom 18. Gangs of Wasseypur is a gangster drama around some three generations in Wasseypur - a small, part in Dhanbad (Jharkhand) which is obsessed by cinema (you can see the testimony in the poster too - check out 'kasam paida karne wale ki and sharabi aurat?).

'Teri kah k loonga' - Only A.K. does that ...abhi tak to kahte bhi nahi the aur le bhi lete the

So here are some not-so-obvious reasons to watch out for - 

1. Gangs of Wasseypur would be showcased under the Directors’ Fortnight section at the prestigious Festival de Cannes and it is the second Indian film to be shown under the section after Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (in 1994). Along with this flick, Kashyap's Peddlers and part-2 of Wasseypur are also selected for Cannes this year. Which means that 3 of his films would be showcased altogether. Brilliant !! 

2. Gangs of Wasseypur will release in two parts in India !! First release is planned on 22'nd June.The two-part-thing puts Aay Kay next to Tarantino as Anurag Kashyap is going to be the second film-maker, after him, to get both parts of his movies showcased, at one go, at Cannes (Till now Kill Bill was the only movie to hold that honour). 

3. You all will watch the movie for Manoj Bajpai's another brilliant innings (after Rajneeti) - which is pretty obvious - but something which is not obvious, is the acting debut of Tigmanshu Dhulia (The director of Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster). Aay Kay acted in his Shagird (Bunty Bhaiya)
and now he invites Dhulia to act in his flick to play a negative character and he has been appreciating this NSD graduate's acting skills from quite a some time.

Laao bhai Laao !! Le aao !!

4. Watch it for another brilliant NSD graduate - Nawazuddin Siddiqui - whom you must have found promising in Paan Singh Tomar (Gopi), Kahaani (Khan), Peepli Live (Rakesh) and Black Friday (Ashgar Yusuf). Watch it for Piyush Mishra (Do I really need to say anything about him ?), Watch it for Yashpal Sharma and watch it for Richa Chaddha (Dolly-Dolly-Dolly of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!!)

(The league of Extra Ordinary Artists of Bollywood)

5. The music is given by Sneha Khanwalkar, the fourth ever female music director in the Indian film industry after Jaddan Bai (mother of Nargis and grandmother of Sanjay Dutt), Saraswati Devi and Usha Khanna. I am not saying that this is the reason to lend your ears to her but she was the one who composed the brilliant music of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye but sadly she didn't get noticed as much as she deserved. And I must mention, Love Sex and Dhokha, which was Different and Different and Different - 

I hope and wish that she will come to the main league of the music directors after Gangs of Wasseypur. Till now you must have heard the song "Jiyo Re Bihar ke Laalaa" in the trailers (Beautifully written by Varun Grover), which has the same treatment and desi dhanak as Dham Dham Dhadam Dhadaiyya Re of Omkara. And if you have not noticed, this is the first song of Good Lord Manoj Tiwari in Bollywood. 

hum hain asli Beehaar ke laalaa !! Bhaatch me !!

Manoj Babu has an awesome voice (and an awesome moustache), and because this is the first time he has lent his voice to a mainstream (yes, AK IS mainstream now) film, it promises to be special.

So, These are just 5 damn good reasons we think you should Advance-Book your tickets for the 22nd of June and pre-cancel anything else you might have planned that day. Because the release of a Anurag Kashyap film is more than just any ordinary film release, it is an event. And the event would possibly convert into a riot in Filmistan. 

Mind you, Wasseypur me kabuttar bhi ekke pankh se udta hai aur doosri se apni Ijjat bachata hai!! 


{ krishnakaushal } at: May 12, 2012 at 3:56 AM said...

Awesome article by the author. Kudos to him.
It will be interesting to watch if the movie lives up to the expectations from a pure historical perspective. Hoping to see how Anurag holds the audience keeping in mind the generations of gangs of Wasseypur!!

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