Ganguly course screening of “Gangs of Wasseypur”

Please save the date for a ‘Special Sneak Preview’ screening of critically acclaimed contemporary Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic “Gangs of Wasseypur” (Part 1).

The film has been in selection at the Sundance Film Festival and Director’s Fortnight, 2013 and the Cannes Film Festival, 2012.

Date/time: 6.30pm, Tuesday November 18.
Venue: Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum

This special sneak preview has been arranged in connection with Avishek Ganguly’s (Assistant Professor, Literary Arts + Studies) ongoing Fall semester course “Bollywood & Beyond: An Introduction to Indian Popular Cinema,” and has been made possible courtesy of Cinelicious Pics who are going to release the film in US theaters in early-2015.

Presented by Adi Shankar, Producer of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, DREDD and THE GREY:

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (Part I) – Drama, 2014, Cinelicious Pics, 160 min.

In Hindi with English subtitles.

From the producer of THE LUNCHBOX (the most successful foreign-language movie of 2014 so far), this is Indian cinema’s answer to Coppola’s THE GODFATHER Pt. I and II and Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.  Director Anurag Kashyap’s extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga charts seventy years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the slums of Wasseypur in coal-rich eastern India, inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs.  Beginning with the bandit-like career of Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) in the 1940’s and following the ruthless rise of his son Sardar (a brilliant Manoj Bajpayee) and his offspring, the surreally-named Danish, Perpendicular and Definitive Khans and their numerous wives and girlfriends, GANGS mirrors the tumultuous and explosive growth of modern India with the ferocious cinematic intensity of Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS and GOODFELLAS.  As with Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER, it’s the least likely of Sardar’s children – the perpetually stoned Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), never seen without a hash pipe dangling from his lip – who rises to the top ranks of the Khan crime family, vowing brutal revenge on their longtime nemesis, the wily and seemingly-unstoppable Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia).  Composer Sneha Khanwalkar’s stunning soundtrack ranks with the best of legends like R.D. Burman, but don’t expect Bollywood-style dance numbers:  this is a movie that up-ends every expectation of what great Indian cinema should look (and sound) like.
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Pts. I and II will be released theatrically and on VOD by Cinelicious Pics in early 2015.

“A dizzying explosion of an Indian gangster film, whose epic structure and colorful, immoral killers capture the imagination for over five hours … An extraordinary ride through Bollywood’s spectacular, over-the-top filmmaking, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“A brilliant collage of genres, by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence … A saga of three generations of mobsters cursed and driven by a blood feud.” – Maggie Lee, Variety.

“Belongs alongside the great crime sagas of the cinema: The Godfather Trilogy, City of God, Bertolucci’s 1900, Heimat and Election. The perfect nexus of history, craft, thematic heft, and balls-to-the-wall entertainment, it is why cinema was invented in the first place. It is HBO’s Deadwood rogues gallery of character actors as much as it is the legacy scheming driven plot mechanics of I, Claudius. Rare is the opportunity of novel-style story telling and mighty cinematic craft to come together in such a marvelous package. It’s a gift to film lovers…” – Kurt Halfyard, Twitchfilm.

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