Gangs of Wasseypur – Part II


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Gangs of Wasseypur – Part II

  1. Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Gangs of Wasseypur Part II

Unreleased in the U.S.

Wasseypur is no more the small town that was once consumed by the raging war between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh. The town has fundamentally changed through the new wealth spawned by illegal profiteering, government corruption, election rigging, and hooliganism. In the midst of this chaos, everyone wants to ally themselves with the most powerful man of Wasseypur, Faizal Khan. Khan’s sole ambition, however, is to annihilate his age-old rival, Ramadhir Singh, the man with the grand scheme. Gangs of Wasseypur Part II is a fitting conclusion to this story of vengeance which has grown to encompass all of Wasseypur. In Hindi language with English subtitles. (2K DCP presentation)

South Asian Gangster Films

These films are not the standard Bollywood fare of song and dance routines, simplistic love stories, and happy endings. They represent a new breed of Indian filmmaking that has captured critical attention from both Western and Indian media by dispensing with most Bollywood conventions in favor of well-developed characters and storylines. What really makes these films stand out is not just their stylistic quality, but their serious engagement with a myriad of social issues relevant to contemporary India and its modernity. Through the lens of criminal gangs, they examine issues such as caste prejudice, political corruption, police complicity in criminal activity, the rural-urban divide, the breakdown of traditional family structures, and the inherent violence of Indian life, including against women. Special thanks to Michael Dodson.