The people of Wasseypur are irked by the way their hometown has been portrayed in the film
Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious film, Gangs of Wasseypur, based on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, was recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and it received a standing ovation. Known for taking up subjects that are anything but typically Bollywood, Kashyap has once again made a mark at a prestigious platform. While things are looking up for the team of Gangs Of Wasseypur at Cannes, there is trouble brewing for them back home.
We hear that the people of Wasseypur, who have watched the trailer of Kashyap’s film, are irked by the way their hometown has been showcased, and want the film to be banned. The residents claim that it has several objectionable dialogues and the film is a plot to defame the people of Wasseypur. In a recent interview, the gushing filmmaker said, “All characters in this film are inspired by real characters. But we have fictionalised them. We heard the stories about this place and then visited it. Since I come from north India, I have an understanding of the milieu and where the characters are coming from. Syed Zeeshan Qadri who has co-written and acted in the film hails from Wasseypur.”
As much as we like Anurag’s inclination towards portraying the reality in his films, wethinks he should have further fictionalised his latest outing to keep himself out of trouble. Though we admire his guts and conviction, we also think it is only natural for the people of Wasseypur to take offense because now the world will look at their town as a lawless place full of trigger-happy gangsters. Do you think Mr Kashyap erred by getting too real with GOW?