While making this epical affair, one additional good thing that Anurag does is to keep Part II as much independent of Part I as possible.
Though one has to admit that watching the film is best experienced when the back story is also known, it still makes for a captivating watch even if one never got a chance to see Part I.Still, while that could well be a personal choice, the fact remains that 'Gangs of Wasseypur' as a whole is a captivating piece of cinema that just cannot be ignored.
What could have been just a one-dimensional battle of revenge sees a good spice being added to the affairs with introduction of many more characters in the film. So while Part I had most of these new characters as serious blood hungry men, Part II sees a lot of humour and 'masti' which is inherent to youngsters like Definite, Perpendicular and Tangent.
The one who makes a definite impression is 'Definite' (Zeishan Quadri), enacting son of Reema Sen, who could well be Amitabh Bachchan from 'Trishul'. Now this pretty much brings a twist to the tale because Anurag successfully merges 'Trishul' with 'Deewar', what with Faizal (Nawazuddin) basing himself on Amitabh Bachchan from the latter film.
What adds on to the 'masala' is the mother (Richa Chadha) taking her own approach. She doesn't want her son to be Shashi Kapoor and take the course of law. She instead wants him to be Amitabh Bachchan and seek revenge. The son obliges and a gang is launched.
It is this quirky cocktail of 'Deewar' and 'Trishul' coming together that makes you forever wonder if Definite and Faizal can indeed meet on a common point or it is a relationship of convenience where the target is Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). So while the focus stays on the big target, there are sundry players like Raj Kumar Yadav and Pankaj Tripathi amongst others who make their presence felt rather effectively.
This very setting allows Anurag to inject several action sequences in the film, hence allowing the thriller to flourish into a highly engaging audience. There are several such sequences that stand out.
Definite attacking Raj Kumar Yadav, the chase sequence that follows, another nail biting chase sequence involving Pankaj Tripathi, the one where Nawaz's family is attacked in the dead of the night, introduction of Perpendicular and Tangent, the extended climax and more - each of these sequences are also distinctively different form each other, hence establishing Anurag as a master story teller.
Since most of the scenes are shot on location, what with narrow by-lanes as well as house compounds and terrace being involved, the crew has indeed done a fantastic job in bringing some good authenticity on screen.
Moreover just about everything adds on to the roller coaster ride, what with effective music by Sneha Khanwalkar adding spice to the proceedings. Watch out for the point where the track 'Keh Ke Loonga' re-emerges; it's sheer brilliance.
While Nawazuddin and Zeishan Quadri are of course the pick of the lot, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Richa Chadha are terrific yet again in much older parts. Huma Qureshi has only few scenes to her credit but she makes her presence felt.
Even child artists playing Perpendicular and Tangent are confidence personified while Raj Kumar Yadav delivers yet another fantastic performance while playing someone much older than his real age.
'An action thriller with dollops of humour and some zany music to support the narrative right through the running length of around two and a half hours' - this is what Anurag Kashyap delivers with 'Gangs of Wasseypur-2' which finally makes him takes giant leaps from his last best effort 'Black Friday'.
He establishes quite firmly that he has it in him to tell a fully commercial film par apne andaaz se! He breaks rules, creates quite a few of his own and takes audience for a roller coaster ride.
Go for it!