Review: In the first installment of this film by Anurag Kashyap, Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai) said, “Maarenge nahi saale ko, keh ke lenge iski” – the dialogue once mouthed by the actor became a rage giving way to many other quotes albeit with their parodies. Two months later, the second part of the GOW Saga releases (that’s a name I coined for the film made in this two-part series that is nothing short of a saga), still talking about how hatred and vengeance just like inheritance is passed on through generations… as communicated by the naarator (Piyush Mishra), “Baap ka, dada ka, sabka badla lega, Faizal Khan”.
The story starts from where the last one ended – for obvious reasons – however this time from a different perspective. Sardar Khan is killed in pure Godfather-inspired style and thus, begins another bout of hatred and vengeance when Khan’s elder son takes over as the family patriarch. His outbursts of anger are very similar to those of Sonny Corleone in Francis Coppola’s classic. A film such as The Godfather and it’s consequent parts have been benchmarks for many filmmakers worldwide, some call their films adaptations, while others refrain from admitting to the glaring truth. There are honestly no qualms in churning out your own versions of a previously released hit film as long as they live upto the expectations set by the many mediums of promotion. And Kashyap’s films fail to disappoint.
Every actor is impeccable with the role he is assigned to. Piyush Mishra and Tigmanshu Dhulia have especially marvelled the audiences with their performances – that of a father figure and the villain-who-believes-he-is-invincible respectively. Just when you think that you know how the story will end, you are surprised with a new twist in the tale. Tigmanshu Dhulia is the opportunist who gained the business and the monies when two families, of the same religion were warring against each other over a matter that was started by their ancestors. Spanning a time period of around 6 decades, the film that started in 1941 ends in 2009 somewhere in Mumbai with the guy who has seen it all (no points for guessing who) and the girl who’s entered the film fraternity like a breath of fresh air, Huma Qureshi, who is nothing that the usual actresses look like these days. Her character oozes an oddly sensual confidence, something that complements her voluptuous body. Perhaps it does count to be different.
Sneha Khanwalkar has done wonders with the music of the two films. This film too has a few hummable songs, the best being Kaala Re, with it’s haunting tune that sticks to your mind. Picturized on the protagonist of the second film, Faizal Khan played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the black sheep in the whole story who only shows his true emotions when provoked along with a challenge that comes from his mother (Richa Chaddha). The role seems tailor-made for Nawazuddin, he seems to have just slipped in to it and done his part to such perfection that one would fall in love with the character, which is highly influenced by Amitabh Bachchan’s many onscreen avatar’s as The Angry Young Man.
This installment was a lot light-hearted than the first but one must attempt to watch both films back-to-back just the way it is meant to be. The rugged beauty of the script remains intact with it’s uninhibited dialogues. There’s some amazing trivia attached to the birth of the film’s (The GOW Saga) script. It was brought to Anurag Kashyap by a new entrant in the film industry who was trying his luck in films. The man, Zeishaan Quadri, must have dreamt of this to happen to him for it seems like it worked out just the way he had imagined it to, contributing to the screenwriting as well as playing a key role in the film’s second part – Definit, Sardar Khan’s son from his second wife, Durga (Reema Sen). Speaking of which, this amongst many is the man to lookout for in the film. On the whole, the film is too good to lose fizz at any point through its length.
The way the film ended however was rather agonizing, apt but painful. One would only know the meaning of the sentence once they’ve seen the complete film. At the risk of divulging a little too much, it is a vicious cycle of good versus evil, and it’s for you to decide what or who is the ‘good’ from the huge array of characters, all with one too many grey shades. I would say it ends in pure Anurag Kashyap style, for atleast two days after you’ve seen the film, you find yourself debating within as to what the moral of the story was.
I also wonder if there was a co-relation between the opening scene of Balaji’s famous serial, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and this film. Remember how for many years one character remained a constant in the popular soap? Yes, the one of Baa, who’s seen it all and still stands strong as the ultimate support for the entire Virani family. Piyush Mishra is the ‘Baa’ of the two GOW films, shaken yet undeterred till the very end.
All in all, this is a classy Indian version of a film based on family warfare. The crass dialogues seem rather impressive, the kinds that you would feel like mouthing while you sport that filmy look and a gamchha around your neck like a muffler.
Verdict: One that you wouldn’t and shouldn’t miss. Better still, watch Part 1 and 2 together if and when you can catch it in theatres.
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writer: Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia and Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Raj Kumar Yadav, Pankaj Tripathi, Piyush Mishra, Vineet Singh, Jameel Khan
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar
Length: 2 hrs 41 mins