English and Hindi with English subtitles, 2012, 320 minutes, color, India, Spotlight
This captivating epic premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight program. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyup has created a roller coaster of brutal intensity and wicked humor through decades of criminal enterprise. He remains one of the most exciting voices in independent Indian cinema, and sits on this year’s Sundance Film Festival World Dramatic Competition jury.
Impersonating the much-feared Quershi bandits, Shahid Khan loots British trains until his identity is revealed and he’s banished to labor in the coal mines of the ruthless Ramadhir Sing. Shahid’s son, the philandering Sardar Khan, vows to restore his father’s honor and becomes the most feared man in Wasseypur. It is Fazal Khan, the marijuana-abusing grandson, who stirs up his family’s long-simmering feud with the Quershi clan. This is a story of vengeance between two warring families in Wasseypur, India, that spans three generations. - C. R.
About the Director
Anurag Kashyap was born in Gorakhpur, India, and studied zoology at the University of Delhi. His directorial efforts include Paanch (2003), Black Friday (2004), No Smoking (2007), Dev. D (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010), and the two-part Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). His screenwriting credits include Deepa Mehta’s Genie Award–winning Water (2005). Kashyap has represented the new wave of Indian cinema at various prestigious festivals and events across the globe.
Cast and Credits
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Screenwriters: Anurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri
Producers: Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra, Anurag Kashyap
Editor: Shweta Venkat
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar
Photographer: Rajiv Ravi
Principal Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia