Tani Naachi Gai Sab Ke Man Bahlaawa Re Bhaiya!!

Story-tellers. They are a different breed. I don’t think the rest of the world exists for them. There’s the story and there’s the telling of it. Audience is just incidental. Purpose of any story-telling is self-sufficient – to a story teller. The art form has moved out from late night village chowks to multiplexes but thankfully, passionate lovers of the art have not moved on.

One such artist in our time is Anurag Kashyap. As the director of Paanch, Dev-D and Black Friday he had already earned a very high regard. Then he directed Gulaal, which is arguably one of the best Bollywood movies of all time. I didn’t think there would be a way to out-do that effort very soon.

But “Gangs of Wasseypur” might do just that.Image

First of all it is a story of revenge. Set in Bihar. Involving gun-trotting ruffians. This has been done before. So-bloody-many-times. Be done with the idea already. Secondly, the movie has no star-cast to speak of (thank heavens for that). Thirdly, the movie is made in two parts and only the first part has been released. None of this looks like a formula for success. And jury is still out on whether this is a box-office success or not.

Any of these decisions notwithstanding, Gangs of Wasseypur is a movie to be relished. Pace is breath-taking in first-half and considerably slower in the second-half. But that is because the director is building the story. He is enjoying building the characters and interactions. He will not be hurried because you, my fellow film-goer, are expecting it. He will not end the movie where you can take home a closure.

Director like a conscientious sculptor is giving time in creating finer details. Eventually, a casual observer will not notice this detail. The time put in creating a proper milieu will not be appreciated by everyone. But to be honest to himself, director still needs to do it. You and I don’t get a vote in it. We might buy the ticket and decide how big business the film does. But an artist making love to his art is oblivious to our existence.

Anurag Kashyap has put his heart in to making this movie. But his heart alone wouldn’t make the rhythm of gun-shots. Everyone in the crew brings their A-game to the movie.

After legendary Bhikhu Mhatre and slightly unsung Samar Pratap Singh (Shool), Manoj Bajpai makes character of Sardar Khan come alive. A man filled with single-purpose of revenge but still left with enough life to look for simpler pleasures in life.

Piyush Mishra has understated presence on the screen but as a narrator he again demonstrates his immense talent. I believe it is a loss for Bollywood that he has done so little in the mainstream cinema. Again he pitches in with music, voice and lyrics for the hauntingly beautiful song “Ek bagal mein”.

Another story-teller walks in as a character and lights up the screen with his cold evil presence – Tigmanshu Dhulia as a corrupt politician is exceptional.

Two other striking performances are by Nawauddin Siddiqui as an awkward and unsure Faizal Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat as an ambitious small-time criminal Shahid Khan.

As one has come to expect from Anurag’s movies, music is absolutely fabulous. Unusual singers and music-genres contribute to make an exceptional Soung-track. “O Womaniya” and “Jiya ho Bihar ke lala” are two special treats.

In the end, the movie leaves you wanting more. Good thing is, there’s the second part to look forward to!

Tani jaan jala ke geet ko tel pilaawa re bhaiya

Burn yourself a bit and provide fuel for the song, o brother

Tani naachi gai sab ke man bahlaawa re bhaiya

Sing and dance a little, and entertain everyone!