Anurag Kashyap's “Gangs of Wasseypur”, that premieres at the Cannes Film Festival, throws the spotlight on life in the coal mines of Jharkhand
His film may be on its way to the Cannes Film Festival this year, but Anurag Kashyap avers that his “Gangs of Wasseypur” is as commercial a film as it can get. After hard-hitting edgy films such as “Black Friday”, “Dev D”, “No Smoking”, “Gulaal” and “The Girl in Yellow Boots”, this is Anurag's first ever foray into the land of commercial cinema (though not many are aware that Percept Pictures' 2007 animation film “Return of Hanuman” was also directed by him.)
“Gangs of Wasseypur”, says the director, is a very commercial subject, “a pure tale of revenge which has universal appeal.”
Set in the dark alleys of the coal mines of Wasseypur, a small town near Dhanbad, Jharkhand, the revenge saga in GoW involves many families. Anurag Kashyap says, “The film is about the gangs of Wasseypur. It's a family drama which is set across three generations and six decades. We have fictionalised the facts. It was the universal appeal of the subject that attracted me to the film.”
Many within the industry are expecting the film to be in the format of an epic such as the Mahabharata or Ramayana. Anurag has, for the first time, hired a new team based only on their prowess in handling commercial films.
Anurag's spokesperson for the film adds that the director is absolutely certain that he wants the entire team to be on the same page where the positioning and marketing of the film is concerned.
And the industry is buzzing with rave reviews for GoW already. About his choice of subject, Anurag adds, “‘Gangs of Wasseypur' is my first no-holds-barred all-out mainstream commercial film albeit without ‘stars'. It's funny and it's sad and it has full-on action. I was lucky to chance upon this story, this cast of wannabe film stars who are gangsters. It's the world that I saw through Zeishan Quadri, one of the co-writers and one of the leads, who told me these various stories from Wasseypur; some of them epic, some very funny and some strangely mundane, that made me want to make this film. It's a world that India has never before seen on the big screen. I guess no one has.”
The film is reportedly the first of a two-part series and is a tale of gang wars that start in the 1940s and culminate in the present times. It stars Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Shabana Azmi and Reema Sen.