Warning : Adult content in review
Before giving a review of the film,I need to make an appeal to Anurag Kashyap :
Dear Anurag,When will you shed your small townish sex obessesed mentality and ruin your films?What is this infatuation with the ‘Bhosdaa’ of the woman and the “gand” of the man? It is necessary to give your sexual perversions so much prominence to your film and characters? Is it not possible for you to write a script which is compelling on its own?And this is not the problem with you alone.Its the same case with your fellow small townies Imtiaz Ali (Rockstar) and Habib Faisal (Ishaqzaade).
Now on the film, GOW was basically meant to be a revenge film. There is a conflict shown between the Quereshi (Butcher) gang and the Pathan (upper class muslim) gang. Then there is a Hindu MLA also in the proceedings which looked like the main villain of the film. The first 20 mins or so are very engaging. The historical references were blended with the story quite well. The character of Bajpai’s father is written pretty good who is a pathan. I liked all his scenes. After his death, the film loses its way.Manoj Bajpai’s character speaks how the revenge of his dead father is the sole aim of his life but never quite shows the urgency towards it. Instead he is chilling out in the film, he seems more interested in having sex with his wife and almost every other woman. The film forgets the conflicts with the Quereshis and the Hindu MLA and focuses on the affair of Manoj and his Bengali whore. Now few such scenes are alright but there is a limit to irrelevance. I mean who is interested in watching Manoj Bajpai in speedos! At times Anurag is reminded of the core story, so after all the perverted timepass scenes, he would add few scenes relevant to the plot. If you thought GOW is about gangster revenge drama and politics, you are more wrong than right. To compensate for the lack of drama, Anurag has filled the movie with unnecessary profane language. But even there he doesn’t quite succeed bcos it seemed as if everyone in wasseypur only knows one abuse ‘bhosdi ke’. May be I need to give them some tutorials on abuses. But I will charge the ticket money. Then there are chronological errors too in the film. Trishul is being watched in theatre in 1985.
In the climax, Anurag is again reminded of the basic story so Manoj talks about the revenge thing again but its too late by now as 2.5 hrs have passed. In the end it says “abhi baaki hai”. I replied “Tu shuru ki kab hua? seedhe part 2 hi banata”
Rating – 2/5 (story had potential, Manoj is good)Tags: Anurag Kashyap Gangs of Wasseypur Manoj Bajpai Member Reviews Nawazuddin Siddiqui