Synopsis by Mark Deming
One family's hold on India's criminal underworld over six decades sets the stage for this ambitious, epic-scale crime thriller from director Anurag Kashyap. In 1941, as the departure of the British leaves control of coal mining in the North up for grabs, ruthless criminal Shahid Khan Jaideep Ahlawat becomes right-hand man to corrupt mine owner Ramadhir Singh Rajat Bhagat, but as Shahid becomes more powerful and well-connected, Ramadhir is forced to have him killed. Before he dies, Shahid had a son, Sardar (Manoj Bajpayee), who in the early 1960s moves to Wasseypur and becomes a killer for hire. Sadar builds a powerful criminal empire in Wasseypur, but his sons Danish (Vineet Singh), Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Perpendicular (Aditya Kumar) and Definite (Zeishan Quadri) become caught up in a generation-spanning struggle to take control of the family business and claim revenge against Ramadhir and his underlings. Originally screened in two parts, with a combined running time of over five hours, Gangs of Wasseypur was an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.