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Gangs of Wasseypur (stylised as Gangs of वासेपुर) is a 2012 Indian two-part crime film, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap,[2] and written by Kashyap and Zeishan Quadri. Centered on the coal mafia (Mafia Raj) of Dhanbad, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families, the film features an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles. Its story spans from the early 1940s to the 2000s. Both parts were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 319 minutes and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight,[3][4][5][6] but, since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a more-than-five-hour film, it was divided into two parts for the Indian market.

Gangs of Wasseypur
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Directed byAnurag Kashyap
Produced byAtul Shukla
Anurag Kashyap
Sunil Bohra
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Written byZeishan Quadri
Sachin Ladia
Anurag Kashyap
Akhilesh Jaiswal
StarringManoj Bajpai
Jaideep Ahlawat
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Huma Qureshi
Tigmanshu Dhulia
Vineet Kumar Singh
Piyush Mishra
Pankaj Tripathi
Richa Chadda
Reemma Sen
Music bySneha Khanwalkar (soundtrack)
G. V. Prakash Kumar (score)
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byShweta Venkat
Anurag Kashyap Films
Jar Pictures Elle Driver Productions
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 2012 (2012-05) (Cannes)
  • 22 June 2012 (2012-06-22) (India)
Running time
319 minutes[1]

Kashyap plans to make another sequel, Gangs of Wasseypur 1.5 and has incorporated Zeishan Quadri as the director of the third part.[7] Anurag had also revealed twice - once in 2010 and once in 2018 - that the Tamil movie, Subramaniapuram (2008) was the inspiration for this movie series.[8][9]


Critical ReceptionEdit

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds a 96% approval rating, based on 25 reviews by critics, with an average score of 8.4 out of 10.[10]


  • Manoj Bajpai as Sardar Khan, Shahid Khan's son
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan, Sardar's second son
  • Huma Qureshi as Mohsina Hamid, Faizal's wife
  • Piyush Mishra as Nasir, Sardar's uncle
  • Jameel Khan as Asghar Khan, Sardar's cousin
  • Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan, the patriarch of the Khan family.
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh, a criminal cum politician.
  • Satya Anand as J.P Singh, Ramadhir's son
  • Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatun, Sardar's first wife
  • Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan, Sardar's third son
  • Reema Sen as Durga, Sardar's second wife
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi, one of Sardar's enemies.
  • Vipin Sharma as Ehsan Qureshi, Sultan's father
  • Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan, Sardar's eldest son
  • Aditya Kumar as Babu "Babua/Perpendicular" Khan, Sardar's fourth son
  • Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen, Danish's wife and Sultan's sister
  • Murari Kumar as Guddu
  • Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)
  • Rajkummar Rao as Shamshad Alam
  • Shankar as Shankar
  • Hazrat Ali as Definite Khan (young)
  • Tilak Raj Mishra as Sanjeev
  • Syed Khan as Iqbal Khan
  • Naman Tiwari as Ajay Singh (young)
  • Aniket Raj as Vijay Singh (young)
  • Jaikumar Solanki as Jatin
  • Sanjay Varma as Inspector Udayveer Singh
  • Sandeep Arora as ACP Jadhav
  • Pramod Pathak as Sultana Daku
  • Harish Khanna as Yadav
  • Raj Singh as Thakur
  • Vicky Nanavare as Parallel Khan, Sardar's fifth son
  • Uncredited child as Firoz Khan, Faizal's son


Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1Edit

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2Edit


There was a rumored third part of the franchise, named Gangs of Wasseypur 1.5.[11] However, Director Kashyap discarded the rumors and confirmed there won't be a third part of the franchise.[12]


  1. ^ "GANS OF WASSEYPUR – PART 1 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 141. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  3. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur selected for Directors' Fortnight at Cannes". DearCinema. 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Gangs of Wasseypur: World premiere at Cannes". IBN Live. IANS. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (24 April 2012). "Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry's 'The We & The I' to Open Director's Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  6. ^ "2012 Selection". Directors' Fortnight. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  7. ^ Kaushal, Sweta (9 September 2015). "Anurag Kashyap plans Gangs of Wasseypur 3". Hindustan Times. HT Media. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
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  10. ^ Gangs of Wasseypur (2014), retrieved 18 February 2019
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