Review: Gangs of Wasseypur II

By Hindustan Times

Actors: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Huma Qureshi, Zeishan Quadri

Gangs of Wasseypur II is less like a movie sequel, more like the season finale of an ongoing (and admittedly, engaging) TV series. Part I had no real ending.

The death of Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) was the sort of crucial juncture you expect the next episode to pick up from. In Part II, there’s no need for a long-drawn establishment of premise, with characters whose stories play out in fast forward. This one isn’t slow. There’s just less motion blur.

Gangs of WasseypurBut if Wasseypur I was about Sardar Khan, Wasseypur II is more distinctly about his son and successor Faisal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Kashyap’s version of a Michael Corleone is the pot-smoking, Amitabh Bachchan-channelling boy with no aspirations of becoming a gang leader. He looks on bemused, and presumabl