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Brace yourself ‘Gangs’, Wasseypur is coming again!

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By Manas Dwivedi

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Cinema is considered as one of the best media for expressing emotions and storytelling. No other form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, hitting straight to emotions and going deep into the twilight room of the soul. Indian Cinema has given us numerous films which have been successful in creating a long lasting impact on our mind. One such fine example comes from Anurag Kashyap directed revenge-drama ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (GoW).

The low budget cult-drama franchise, filmed in two parts in India, is ready for the third instalment. If the reports are to be believed, soon the third instalment of the famous film would go on floor. Yes Gangs of Wasseypur 3 is rapidly coming into shape.

After Anurag Kashyap’s dream project ‘Bombay Velvet’ backfired, the director appears to have sorted out what would work best for him. There were rumours around GoW 3 from quite a long. But now finally, writer-director Zeishan Quadri, who also acted in the film, was approached for not only writing the script but also to direct as well. The young artist, aka ‘Definite’ for his character in the film, had also received IIFA’s award for Best Story for his brilliant script of the movie.

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The revenge saga ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ with a huge following among cinema fanatics has also made it to Cannes Film Festival in 2012. It would not be wrong to term the popular series as a wonderful prototype of post-modern cinema. The movie also proved to be a milestone for Anurag Kashyap who acclaimed fame from the project. It helped him establish himself as an auteur in the industry.

What makes this movie stand different from others is the raw presentation which perfectly depicts the realty. Based on real life events, it beautifully depicts how one is committing crime for survival which ultimately leads to a state of revenge. It also portrays how vengeance can become a reason to exploit and enjoy political sovereignty. Gangs of Wasseypur tactfully showcase how hatred can take you places and ultimately lead to nowhere but death.

The movie also defies the rules of creative barrier. It proves a great idea, presented in a way which is out of the box, can make the cinematography even better. A real life adoption is not always easy to present on screen, but Kashyap did it comfortably with a blend of good story, skilful acting, and poppy music. Everything goes in sync with the prime idea, which compels the viewer to stay connected to the plot. Also the dialogues in the movie create wonders, making the film more juicy and engaging.

Another important feature of this kind of cinema is to face the reality. Making your audience aware about the harsh reality of life where it’s a tough task to survive. In a world full of crime, corruption and malfeasance, revenge is never a solution to a cause.

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The desi crime saga rose to praises as well. The movie was globally acclaimed and thoroughly enjoyed by Indians, especially in the rural areas where youth loved the movie’s concept. Actually the film was five hour long before release but it did screened at Cannes in a one go. Later in India it got released in two parts over the period of two months. Even after three years of release, the movie is still fresh in memories of Indian movie buffs.

And now when the sequel to the story of bloodshed squabble is on the rounds, audience would be eagerly waiting for GoW in curiosity. Although in last part’s climax, it seemed their might not be any more of revenge. But it is a question of enigma now. What Gangs of Wasseypur will feature? Will there be new Ramadhir Singh in form of Definate? Or Faizal Khan’s son will emerge to take revenge of his father’s death. JP Singh’s dream of conquering kingdom would get full-filled or not? For all that you have to wait till 2016 when the film is slated to release.

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Mukkabaaz Movie Review: The dark side of boxing

Mukkabazz is one of the best movies which could have started our 2018. It is one movie which you shouldn't miss.

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Mukkabaaz is a breath of fresh realizm in the world of unrealistic Bollywood movies. Wikimedia Commons
Mukkabaaz is a breath of fresh realism in the world of unrealistic Bollywood movies. Wikimedia Commons

Anurag Kashyap is back with another one of his shake-your-core kind of movie. Mukkabaaz featuring Vineet Kumar Singh, Jimmy Shergill and Zoya Hussain can be one of the best movies of 2018 already.

Mukkabaaz is like a fresh air of realism in the world of glitzy and glamorous, and unrealistic Bollywood movies. The movie portrays aptly the dirty game of politics mixed with the sports of boxing.

Like all other movies based on sports, Mukkabaaz is also all about struggle, determination, failure and success. The only difference is the way politics is depicted in all its dirty glory.

The hero of the film played by Vineet Kumar Singh is an untrained boxer but still calls himself Mike Tysen of Uttar Pradesh. He is passionate, and idealistic which instantly makes him a victim of the corrupted political system. He is the angry young man who is aimless but has got a spine of steel which no one can bend. He is determined with his dream of winning the National level match and he will do anything for that.

Vineet Kumar Singh, the hero of the movie 'Mukkabaaz'. Wikimeadia Commons
Vineet Kumar Singh, the hero of the movie ‘Mukkabaaz’. Wikimedia Commons

Just like all Bollywood movies, the hero is supposed to have a heroine. In this movies, the heroine is a mute girl who likes to silently watch the hero practising. Both fell in love but the twist arrives when the hero realizes that his lover is actually the niece of a gangster/politician, played by Jimmy Shergill, who is against the struggling boxer and his ideas.

The film has some light moments, where the hero’s household struggles with everything ‘English’ and refuses to give importance to his passion. Because what parents want their son capable of being a clerk to go into sports?

But the film also gets especially dark at places where dirty politics and caste system comes into play. Boxers and coaches are judged and mistreated on the basis of their castes and backgrounds by the corrupted politicians. This film depicts the poor conditions of boxers, like never before. Few scenes may make you wonder if they were ever taught humility.

Serious issues dealt with seriousness, and not sarcasm is one of the USPs of Anurag Kashyap’s films. He brings out the various dark sides of the sports including politics and drugs on the screen in a very splendid manner.

Anurag Kashyap is targeting each and every kind of evil that he could find, through this film. One major evil the film Mukkabaaz deals with is, casteism. Wherever the hero goes, it follows him like a plague.

Anurag Kashyap delivered once again in the form of 'Mukkabaaz.'Wikimedia Commons
Anurag Kashyap delivered once again in the form of ‘Mukkabaaz.’Wikimedia Commons

Anurag Kashyap’s direction like always is on point and there is no complaining. Slow motion fist fighting never seems more enthralling. The picturisation and emotions are so good, you’ll feel every minute of it.

The performance of all the actors is splendid. Zoya Hussain especially marks her presence through her strong expressions, since she doesn’t have any dialogues in the film. Vineet Kumar Singh gave what might be the most legendary performance possible of his career. We could feel his passion penetrating to us through the screen.

This sports movie is not just another sports movie. It is much more than that. It takes us to the darker side, where sports is not just sports but business. It is a way of controlling people and earning money.

Mukkabazz is one of the best movies which could have started our 2018. It is one movie which you shouldn’t miss.