Is ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Dabangg’?

Known for his niche indie films, the Black Friday director claims that his latest outing is one of his most commercial ventures yet

For the longest time Anurag Kashyap has been known for making films which do not confirm to the mainstream Bollywood norms. In this process, his debut film Paanch got stuck with the censor board, the release of a few of his films got delayed, while other projects like No Smoking and That Girl In Yellow Boots were rejected by the critics and the audience alike. His claim to fame was the Abhay Deol-Mahie Gill-Kalki Koechlin-starrer Dev.D, which put him in the league of popular B-town filmmakers.

His latest, based on the coal mafia of the UP hinterlands; Gangs Of Wasseypur (which will be released in two parts) has been in the making for about two years, but has managed to create a wonderful buzz in the film festival circuits. It will be premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The first look and the theatrical trailer have just been released and it has already become the talk of the town. While Kashyap’s loyal fans are hailing GOW as the best film of the year, there are a few who think otherwise.

Talking about GOW, the excited filmmaker said, “Our agenda was to make a full-fledged commercial film. It has music throughout the movie. The movie is realistic and fun. Everyone will enjoy it. We held a lot of private screenings and all kinds of people seemed to enjoy the film. In fact, people have sat and watched both the parts together.”

Kashyap’s detractors have been claiming that he is playing to the gallery in his gangster flick with all the gun shots, cuss words, steamy scenes et al. A cheeky guy on Twitter quipped, “The trailer should have began with an introduction saying, ‘From the brother of the maker of Dabangg’”, taking a dig at Abhinav Kashyap who made the blockbuster Salman Khan-Sonakshi Sinha-starrer. Wethinks it is too early to draw comparisons between the two films and we would rather save our verdict till we watch it on the big screen.

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