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Blood and lust-partha chatterjee

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partha chatterjee has written this article in FronlineVolume 29 - Issue 15 :: Jul. 28-Aug. 10, 2012  issue
“Gangs of Wasseypur” typifies the commercial cinema in which paranoia passes for intensity.



Director Anurag Kashyap during a road show to promote the film "Gangs of Wasseypur", in Mumbai on June 5.
There is more of the withered state of contemporary India to be found in commercial films, particularly those in Hindi, produced in Mumbai, or Bollywood, than in daily newspapers, magazines or even television news channels. If news channels give you a slice of life, commercial films give you a slice of cake disguised as a slice of life! India’s chaotic economic and political condition gets best reflected in the paranoia that passes for intensity in commercial cinema. A case in point is Gangs of Wasseypur, directed by Anurag Kashyap. He is believed to be one of the leading lights of what might be called the “neo-progressives” among Hindi film-makers of Bollywood. His latest prod…

Gangs of Wasseypur: This world is alien for many who do not know their own Wasseypur

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BY Ravish K. Chaudhary
साभार तिरछी स्‍पेलिंग



Anurag’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” is a rapture, rapture in our narrative of Gangsters. It does not narrate a tale of two giants in conflict with each other. It tells us the blood soaked story of a society that exists (within our own cities/towns) in accordance with its own rules. It captures the very logic of the world that runs parallel, however uncovered within the official history and sociology of our society. The world that silently appears in our public sphere mutely interacts with our everydayness, silently but firmly assert its presence and dissolves in what appears mundane. The existentiality of its habitants doesn’t lie in its locality but in the psyche that stretches from Sultana Daku to faizal Khan. Narrated in the background of murky coal business, sprawling from British era to early nineties, the story tells us the saga of at least three generations for whom life is defined by nothing but befuddling lasciviousness acc…

फिल्‍म समीक्षा :गैंग्‍स ऑफ वासेपुर- द हालीवुड रिपोर्टर-देबोरा यंग

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Bollywood film maker Anurag Kashyap directs this two part gangster thrill ride about vengeance, greed and deep-rooted family rivalries. 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. All of this bodes well for cross-over audiences in the West.  Split into two parts, as it will be released in India, this epic gangster story spanning 70 years of history clocks in at more than five hours of smartly shot and edited footage, making it extremely difficult to release outside cult and midnight venues. Its bow in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight met with rousing consensus, but it’s still an exotic taste at a delirious length.
Tipping his hat to Scorsese, Sergio Leone and world cinema as well as paying homage to Bollywood, writer-director-producer Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday) fashi…

फिल्‍म समीक्षा : गैंग्‍स ऑफ वासेपुर-स्‍क्रीन डेली-ली मार्शल

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Gangs of Wasseypur24 May, 2012 | By Lee Marshall Dir: Anurag Kashyap. India. 2012. 318mins Though it runs at over five hours, there’s never a dull moment in this Indian gangland epic by one of India’s hottest indie directors, Anurag Kashyap. Oozing visual style, laced with tight and often blackly comic dialogue, bolstered by tasty performances and a driving neo-Bollywood soundtrack, 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.
With characters appearing and disappearing as the bloodshed takes its toll, Gangs is set to the rhythm of a fast-paced dance. The broad canvas and the genre focus suits Kashyap well. The director’s previous outings, from No Smoking to That Girl in Yellow Boots, feel a little like trial runs for this confident coming of age work, which despite the extended running time is gi…

फिल्‍म समीक्षा : गैंग्‍स ऑफ वासेपुर-वैरायटी-मैग्‍गी ली

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Gangs of Wasseypur (India)By Maggie Lee

A Viacom 18 Motion Pictures release of a Tipping Point Films presentation of an AKFPL production in association with Jar Films. (International sales: Elle Driver, Paris.) Produced by Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra, Anurag Kashyap. Directed by Anurag Kashyap. Screenplay, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, Kashyap, based on the story by Quadri. With: Manoj Bajpayee, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Singh, Richa Chaddha, Reema Sen, Anurita Jha, Huma Qureshi, Rajat Bhagat, Vipin Sharma. (Hindi, Bhojpuri, Bihari dialogue) 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. A saga of three generations of mobsters cursed and driven by a blood feud, it's epic in every sense, not least due to its five-hour-plus duration. Helmer Anurag Kashyap puts auds on disturbingly intimate terms with this …

फिर से अनुराग कश्‍यप-2

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-अजय ब्रह्मात्‍मज पिछली बार अनुराग कश्‍यप से हुई बातचीत का पहला अंश पोस्‍ट किय था। यह उस बातचीत का दूसरा और अंतिम अंश है। आप की प्रतिक्रिया और जिज्ञासा मुझे जोश देती है अनुराग कश्‍यप से बार-बार बात करने के लिए। आप के सवालों का इंतजार रहेगा।

-लेकिन बिहार में सब अच्‍छा ही नहीं हो रहा है। वहां के सुशासन का स्‍याह चेहरा भी है। 0 वह हमें नहीं पता है। बिहार के लोग अच्‍छी तरह बता सकते हैं,क्‍योंकि वे वहां फंसे हुए हैं। कहानी का हमें पता चलेगा तो उस पर भी फिल्‍म बना सकते हैं। अच्‍छा या गलत जो भी आसपास हो रहा है,उसे सिनेमा में दर्ज किया जाना चाहिए। पाइंट ऑफ व्‍यू कोई भी हो सकता है। हमें अच्छी कहानी मिलेगी तो अच्छी फिल्म बनाएंगे।  - वासेपुर में सिनेमा का कितना इंफलुएंश है। 0 वासेपुर देखा जाए तो पूरे इंडियन सोसायटी का एक छोटा सा वर्सन है। वासेपुर कहीं न कहीं वही है। - इस फिल्म के पीछे जो गॉड फादर वाली बात की जाती है? 0 ये कहानी वासेपुर की है। इस कहानी का ‘गॉड फादर’ से कुछ लेना देना नहीं है। लोग बिना पिक्चर देखे हुए बात करते हैं तो लोगों के हिसाब से क्या जवाब दूं। कहानी है वासेपुर से। ‘गॉड फादर’ …