Director Anurag Kashyap surprised everyone earlier this year with his cinematic brilliance in narrating a revengeful quest of "Gangs of Wasseypur" and has seemingly repeated his feat again in his second and last instalment to the bloody-Wasseypur franchise.
Kashyap has drawn critics' applause for his much-awaited sequel "Gangs of Wasseypur 2", which was released on Wednesday. Critics are of the opinion that this film supposedly gives a fitting end to genealogical vengeful stories of inhabitants of Wasseypur village. However, the reviewers feel that the film maker should have cut-shorted the running time of the movie and thus could have let the audience to revel in the revenge-drama.
Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters opined that Kashyap's latest revenge saga is so much crammed with violence that one can't help but "carry a bit of it home." In "Gangs of Wasseypur 2", Kashyap gives us the ingredient that was missing in the first - some serious action. There is lots of bloodshed in this one - and all of it Bollywood style," writes Jamkhandikar.
"This is a somewhat drawn-out end to the Wasseypur story, but for Kashyap's control over his craft and for Siddiqui's complete mastery over his, this one is a must watch," she added.
Raja Sen of Rediff.com writes, "Backstories and complicated genealogies are frankly rather extraneous in this bloody, bullet-riddled Anurag Kashyap world, where we choose our allegiances to characters based on the movie stars they idolise and the songs they hum. Who shot first isn't as important as whose shot looked sexier."
"And yet, for all its folly -- and the fact that an hour could have been lopped off its running length, easy - 'Gangs Of Wasseypur II' provides enough cinematic memorabilia to single-handedly last us the summer," she added.
"If you try to count the numbers of bullets that are fired at unsuspecting victims in the ferociously violent world inhabited by Anurag Kashyap's trigger-happy goons, you might end up cross-eyed. Caught in the crossfire of vendetta and redemption, the characters of Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 are so on-the-edge, they don't fear the abyss that awaits them at the end of their vengeful voyage," writes Subhash K Jha for Bollywood Hungama.
"When you live by the gun you die by the gun. Unless Anurag Kashyap decides to bring you back to life. Then you're in serious trouble," he added.
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote: "The sequel gets to the point infinitely quicker than 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' did - it is free from the information overload that weighed down the initial 30 minutes of the first part. The storyline surges forth much faster as the new generation of gangsters, now armed with mobile phones and automatic rifles, gun for each other with greater viciousness and less ceremony than ever before."
"The revenge, filmed with an operatic slo-mo rhythm, is bloodier than anything you would have seen before. But if you liked Gangs Of Wasseypur, there is no reason why won't have another blast watching GOW II. But be warned: be sure that your stomach for blood and gore doesn't give way.".
Gaurav Malani of Times Of India wrote that the "Gangs Of Wasseypur" part two lags a bit.
"There is no compromise on the intensity in the ambience of the anecdote. Everything from the gritty action, crude dialect, offbeat music, engaging camerawork is authentic to the core and adds to the effect. Also the grim film carries forward its zany sense of humour like in the scene where a brass-band pays homage at funerals through gloomy Bollywood numbers. Crazy ringtones often define characters," writes Malani.
"'Gangs of Wasseypur' Part 2 might not be as perfect as its prequel. Yet its two steps ahead of any revenge-drama, the most exploited genre and sentiment in Bollywood."
"Gangs of Wasseypur 2" features Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aditya Kumar, Reemma Sen, Huma Qureshi and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the lead roles. It is a sequel of Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" which was released in June.