Gangs Of Wasseypur Movie Review

Gangs Of Wasseypur (Hindi)

Release Date:
June 22, 2012

Towards the end of colonial India, Shahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. 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. In contemporary times, the weed addicted grandson, Faizal Khan, wakes up to this vengeance that his family has inherited.

Staying true to its real life influences, the film explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in erstwhile Bihar (North India), in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream 'Bollywood' cinema.

Towards the end of colonial India, Shahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now... Show More

Gangs of Wasseypur is a diffuse epic, content to coast around the revenge plot instead of making it the thrust of its narrative – and what the film loses in terms of dramatic power, it gains in texture

The Hindu

Gangs of Wasseypur is by turns absorbing and frustrating. Kashyap's material is strong, but there's just too much of it. There is so much plot squeezed into the two-hour-forty-five-minute running time that your head swims

Hindustan Times

Bolstered by its riveting performances and its thrilling plot dynamics, this is a gripping film that seizes your full attention

A film which gets almost everything else right : a terrific sense of time and place and people, fused to fashion a savagely uncompromising cracker of a tale

Indian Express

While every frame here is so passionately put together, supremely performed with brilliantly conceived moments of quirk, the whole just doesn’t come together as a cohesive story.

The Hindu

The digressions – though merited – are one too many and this greatly affects length. That’s the only flaw here: it’s just too long

Mumbai Mirror

Gangs Of Wasseypur, in sum, is style over substance

GOW is gripping fare, although Anurag the storyteller reveals a few flaws. His story could have been tighter

A film with robust story-telling, crackling performances and thick textures. It’s an irresistible cocktail

Kashyap gets flavour, setting and character right, but the lack of economy cripples the film. There is a lot of gunfire, but like the fine actors populating its sets, Wasseypur fires too many blanks


It's avant-garde, offbeat and interesting narrative makes it an absolutely riveting experience

Times of India

The changing history of Dhanbad at its centre, over a dozen important characters, a web of plots and subplots moving deftly to a to-be-continued finale, can leave you exhausted and confused.Here’s a film that demands 100% attention and it won’t stop till it has it

Gangs of Wasseypur works like an explosive leaving you wanting for more


Showing promise of brilliance in parts, but not bullet-proof to flaws. With a runtime this long, meandering side tracks and random sub-plots, countless characters it loses blood in the second half

Times of India

It may not for the faint-hearted and the prissy. Gangs of Wasseypur is a heavyweight knockout punch

Symbolizes the fearless new Indian cinema that shatters the cliches and conventional formulas