Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)


Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Shahid Khan is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku in order to rob British trains. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur.
IMDb   8.2 /10
Metacritic   89 %
TheMovieDb    7.2 /10
RottenTomatoes  97 %
FilmAffinity   6.2 /10
Director Anurag Kashyap
Writer Akhilesh Jaiswal
Writer Anurag Kashyap
Writer Sachin K. Ladia
Writer Zeishan Quadri
Release Date2012-06-22
Runtime5h 21mins
GenreAction, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsTop Rated Movies #227 | 17 wins & 45 nominations.
CompanyJar Pictures, AKFPL, Bohra Bros Productions
Sardar Khan (as Manoj Bajpai)
Nagma Khatoon (as Richa Chadda)
Ramadhir Singh
Ehsaan Qureshi (as Vipin Shrma)
J.P. Singh (as Satya Anand)
Shamshad (as Raj Kumar Yadav)

Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur (stylised as Gangs of वासेपुर) is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language two-part crime film produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap, and written by Kashyap and Zeishan Quadri. Centered on the coal mafia (Mafia Raj) of Dhanbad, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families, the film features an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles. Its story spans 68 years from 1941 to 2009.

Both parts were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 321 minutes and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight, but, since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a more-than-five-hour film, it was split into two parts for that market.


  • Manoj Bajpayee as Sardar Khan, Shahid
  • Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan, the patriarch of the Khan family.
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan, Sardar's second son
  • Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatun, Sardar's first wife
  • Piyush Mishra as Nasir, Sardar's uncle, and narrator in the movie
  • Jameel Khan as Asghar Khan, Sardar's cousin
  • Reema Sen as Durga, Sardar's second wife
  • Huma Qureshi as Mohsina Hamid, Faizal's wife
  • Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan, Sardar's third son (from Durga)
  • Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan, Sardar's eldest son
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh, a criminal cum politician.
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi, nephew of Sultana Daku, one of Sardar's enemies.
  • Satyakam Anand as J.P Singh, Ramadhir's son
  • Vipin Sharma as Ehsan Qureshi, Sultan's uncle
  • Pramod Pathak as Sultana Daku / Badoo Qureshi
  • Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen, Danish's wife and Sultan's sister
  • Sanjay Singh as Fazalu (Faisal khan's friend)
  • Rajkummar Rao as Shamshad Alam
  • Aditya Kumar as Babu "Babua/Perpendicular" Khan, Sardar's fourth son
  • Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)


Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2

Critical reception

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds a 97% approval rating, based on 31 reviews, with an average score of 8.2/10. The website's critics' consensus reads: "More than five hours go by in a blink in this frantic Indian crime epic that spans generations and encompasses hundreds of characters in a bloody spiral of brutality, all masterfully filmed by Anurag Kashyap." The film holds a Metacritic score of 89 based on 10 reviews, indicating "niversal acclaim".

Critic Danny Bowes of called it "ne of the most ambitious gangster films ever made, and quite possibly one of the best", writing that it is "worthy of discussion alongside Coppola's first two Godfather films, or Leone's Once Upon a Time in America." Salon's Andrew O'Hehir wrote: "As a rich and exuberant character-driven crime saga in an idiom you absolutely have not encountered before, and a dense, unsentimental portrayal of the collision between democracy, capitalism, and gangsterism on the frayed margins of the post-colonial world, Gangs of Wasseypur is a signal achievement in 21st-century cinema." Martin Scorsese, one of Kashyap's influences on the films and personal heroes, sent a letter to Kashyap, offering praise, stating that he "loved them", even expressing a desire to meet him. The movie was also inspired by the 2002 film City of God.

In 2019, The Guardian ranked Gangs of Wasseypur in 59th place in its 100 best films of the 21st century list.

Awards and Nominations

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipientsResultRef
Asia-Pacific Film Festival15 December 2012Best ActorManoj BajpayeeNominated
Jury Grand PrizeAnurag KashyapWon
BIG Star Entertainment Awards31 December 2012Best Debut - FemaleHuma QureshiWon
Filmfare Awards20 January 2013Best FilmGangs of WasseypurNominated
Best Film (Critics)Won
Best DirectorAnurag KashyapNominated
Best ActorManoj BajpayeeNominated
Best Supporting ActressRicha ChaddaNominated
Best Actress (Critics)Won
Best Female DebutHuma QureshiNominated
Best Music DirectorSneha KhanwalkarNominated
Best DialogueAnurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh & Sachin LadiaWon
Best ActionSham KaushalWon
International Indian Film Academy Awards6 July 2013Best FilmGangs of Wasseypur - Part 1Nominated
Best DirectorAnurag KashyapNominated
Best ActorManoj BajpayeeNominated
Best ActressHuma QureshiNominated
Best Supporting ActorNawazuddin SiddiquiNominated
Best Supporting ActressReema SenNominated
Best Performance in a Negative RoleTigmanshu DhuliaNominated
Best StoryZeishan QuadriNominated
Best Music DirectorSneha KhanwalkarNominated
Best DialogueAnurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh & Sachin LadiaWon
Best ActionSham KaushalWon
National Film Awards3 May 2013 Best AudiographyAlok De, Sinoy Joseph & Sreejesh NairWon
Special Jury AwardNawazuddin SiddiquiWon
Screen Awards12 January 2013Best FilmGangs of WasseypurNominated
Best DirectorAnurag KashyapNominated
Best ActorManoj BajpayeeNominated
Best Supporting ActorJameel KhanNominated
Supporting ActressRicha ChaddaNominated
Best Female DebutHuma QureshiNominated
Best VillainTigmanshu DhuliaWon
Best Ensemble CastGangs of WasseypurWon
Best DialogueAnurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh & Sachin LadiaNominated
Best EditingShweta Venkat MatthewNominated
Best CinematographyRajeev RaviNominated
Best Sound DesignKunal Sharma , Alok DeNominated
Best Production DesignWasiq KhanNominated
Best CostumeSubodh SrivastavaNominated
Best ActionSham KaushalWon

Rumored Sequel

There was a rumored third part of the franchise, named Gangs of Wasseypur 1.5. However, Director Kashyap discarded the rumors and confirmed there won't be a third part of the franchise.