Making Of: Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Shahid Khan is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku in order to rob British trains. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh’s colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid’s son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father’s honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur.
Anurag Kashyap, who is celebrated for his effort in generating a position in Indian cinema’s forward-thinking space, narrates a classic account of two disputing families set against the milieu of the coal mining groups in Dhanbad. Heightened by strong acts by a gifted and assorted cast, the film is ingeniously narrated and has several power-packed sequences that render you speechless. However, it’s not without its share of blemishes… But more on that later!
With so many characters, the account being narrated by a voiceover and the film constantly going back in time, it takes time to get a hang of things initially. The film begins in the center of things and then hauls us back to 1940, where the recounting initiates.