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29 Jun 2017

Gangs of Wasseypur rated among top 50 crime movies

Gangs of Wasseypur: India's greatest gangster movie?

In a list compiled by The Playlist, Gangs of Wasseypur found itself among The 50 Best Crime Movies of the 21st Century So Far.

Ranked 46th, Anurag Kashyap's gangster epic found itself sharing the stage with movies by Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Coen Brothers and the like.

We take a look back at the movie which put India on the gangster movie map .

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Gangs of Wasseypur: India's greatest gangster movie?

Theatres screen Gangs of Wasseypur in parts

With a massive 320 minutes run time, Gangs of Wasseypur was released in two parts in most theatres across the world.

A brief review of Gangs of Wasseypur


A brief review of Gangs of Wasseypur

Released in 2012 and directed by Anurag Kashyap, Gangs of Wasseypur is a relentlessly pacey gripping tale of vengeance, politics, and power struggles between three crime families across a span of eight decades.

Set in the locality of Wasseypur in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, the film is based on the coal mafia in the area, thus giving it an original, deep-rooted setting.

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The cast of Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur had its troupe of big hitters with Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, and Timangshu Dhulia playing the major roles.


Kashyap makes his mark in West-dominated gangster movie genre

Falling under the subgenre of gangster films within the larger genre of crime cinema, Gangs of Wasseypur had big shoes to fill.

However, in an area dominated by legendary movies like The Godfather, The Untouchables, Casino, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York and the like, Anurag Kashyap's epic gangster entry made a deep mark.

Scorsese piles praise on Kashyap

"I thoroughly enjoyed Dev D and Gangs of Wasseypur and found them exciting and inspiring," gangster movie godfather Martin Scorsese had said, even expressing his wish to meet Anurag Kashyap personally.

Gangs of Wasseypur draws critical acclaim


Gangs of Wasseypur draws critical acclaim

Gangs of Wasseypur was unequivocally lauded by both audiences and critics alike in both domestic and international arenas.

With a 95% in Rotten Tomatoes, a 4/4 on Roger Ebert, Gangs of Wasseypur saw itself sharing the limelight with some of the greatest gangster movies ever made.

Made on shoestring budget of $1.4 million, Gangs of Wasseypur earned over $9 million in the box office.

Gangs of Wasseypur's international impact

Gangs of Wasseypur made tremendous impact in the international arena, being screened in several prestigious film festivals like the Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Glasgow Film Festival.

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