When I think of Indian cinema, I immediately think about Satyajit Ray’s amazing Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959), the incredible Bollywood film movement, and films that feature amazing song and dance numbers. However, what I never associate with Indian cinema is gangster films loaded with blood and violence. That all changed last week when I caught writer-director Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1. While I’d heard the film was great at last year’s Sundance (it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I wasn’t prepared for the level of blood and guts on display and the scope of the story.
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and 2 takes place over the course of a seventy-year struggle between two crime families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs, Gangs of Wasseypur follows the rise of a family along with the children, numerous wives and girlfriends. The best way to describe the film is to say it’s the Indian equivalent to The Godfather saga. With Part 1 getting a one-week run at Film Society Lincoln Center January 16th and a two-week run at 11-cities nationwide with AMC, we’ve been provided with the exclusive red-band trailer and poster. Hit the jump to check them out and you’ll get a small taste of why people have raved about the films. Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and 2 will also be available On Demand April 17th and is presented by producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey).