Gangs of Wasseypur - Anurag Kashyap
Beginning in media res amid a gun battle that announces the death of one Faizal Khan – a character we won’t even meet for another two hours – Gangs catapults us back to 1941 to introduce us first to the character’s grandfather, our narrator for the next 320 minutes and whose death ignites the fuse that sends a bloodsplattered cannonball of vengeance spiraling through the next 50 years.
…With Gangs, Kashyap has crafted a ferocious crime epic that entirely justifies its monumental running time, a Bollywood movie for people who don’t like Bollywood movies, one to challenge those of the belief that Indian cinema died with Satyajit Ray.
It’s not hyperbole to suggest that this is what Once Upon A Time In The West could look like in the East, as inspired by local antecedents as those further afield. Consider notice served to anyone developing a crime saga in Hollywood right now: Kashyap’s after your turf and his slumdogs are armed to the teeth.
-via Little White Lies