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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Gangs of Wasseypur • Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2

“Death is certain. If God doesn’t kill me, this neighborhood will.”

Another Gangster Saga About Being Trapped in the Family Business

Chalk it up to writer/director Anurag Kashyap’s connection to the films of Coppola, De Palma, and Scorsese, but there’s a lot of The Godfather Part II, Scarface, and GoodFellas in this film. The family business. Betrayal. Extreme violence. Different factions working with and against each other. This film, the second half of Kashyap’s epic gangster saga detailing the real mafia of Wasseypur and the areas around it from the 1940s through the 2000s, covers a lot of ground but provides a powerful and fitting conclusion to this tale. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Gangs of Wasseypur series with Kashyap’s 2012 film Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

There’s a lot going on in this story, but largely this second half of the larger overall story focuses on Faizal Khan as he takes over the family business after the murders of his father and brother, and ends with his murder and a new head of the mafia. We work through a number of the plot points, exploring the various elements that shape the overall story. We discuss brothers. Fathers and sons. The nature of family businesses when in the criminal world. We also talk about husbands and wives, politics, so many elements. They all tie into this massive story. Plus, it’s incredibly violent with a horrific scene early on that we discuss in detail because of how beautifully shot it is.

It’s a powerful conclusion to the epic story and certainly one worth visiting and discussing. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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