Gangs of Wasseypur: Director’s Note
Famed director Anurag Kashyap on his latest directorial venture ‘Gangs of Wasseypur‘. The film is to be released in June in two parts.
When two boys with plastic guns, point their barrels at each other and mouth “do ya feel lucky, punk” and shoot at each other making “bangbang” sounds, its just another film crazy adolescent playing in their backyard. When they mouth the same lines with real guns and shoot at each other, the genesis of Gangs of Wasseypur was formed.
Though I was born in small town in northern India, I migrated to the city to make films, the city got to me and I went deeper in exploring it’s effect on me through my films until I met Zeishan. Zeishan was from Wasseypur and a few things that he told me about his place dragged me back to my roots, my backyard, my growing up and my tryst with Bollywood and the politics of my region.
The few anecdotes that Zeishan shared with me of this place then went on to be retelling and an analysis of the history of the place explaining it’s evolution as a burning inferno and it’s fight for coal to the way battles were fought. From digging coal to killing someone over a innocuous brawl to vengeance being inherited. Part One of the film gets to the roots of the people and explains why they are the way they are.
Part 2 explains the Bollywood (Hindi Cinema) obsessed growing up of their inheritance of vengeance. It was a way of life, in the name of honor, love, friendship, loyalty or maybe just pure animal instinct. It was the Wasseypur of today.
The irony of it all was to be captured with a very spicy humor that the space inherently has. The innocence still lingering somewhere in the eyes of the misguided vengeful soul who knows no other way to live but kill, all these layers in the face of apparent violence made for a compelling epic on bumbling criminals to be made.