Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) dreamt of taking over from Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). However, Khan met his end and his son Sardar (Manoj Bajpayee) vowed to avenge his father's death. As GANGS OF WASSEYPUR came to an end, we saw Sardar tottering, after coming out from his bullet-ridden car. You don't need to be a genius to guess that he did not survive the attack orchestrated by Ramadhir and executed by Sultan Qureshi (Pankaj Tripathi).
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR II now has the next generation of Khans taking over from Sardar in their fight to annihilate Ramadhir. Who will be the last man standing? Ramadhir, or the Khans? This is what PART II revolves around.
This probably has to be the quickest sequel to any movie (within two months) and for this exercise alone, Anurag Kashyap and his team deserve full marks. But the execution does not match that of Part I. While the first part had every detail well thought out, Part II goes overboard in its blood and gore orgy. Wasseypur has come to such an extent that anybody and everybody wants to be a Sardar or a Ramadhir and they are willing to side any party to rise to the top, not knowing that they are in turn being used as pawns.
Danish (Vineet Singh, bright performance) avenges his father's death, to an extent, before he is gunned down. Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is taunted by his mother for being drowned in drugs and not having strength enough to pick up the gun. This spurs the junkie into action. Faizal is now the next terror name in Wasseypur. He also continues his romance with Mohsina (Huma Qureshi) which provide the lighter moments, apart from his 14-year-old brother who stammers his way into terrorizing his neighbourhood in his own schoolboy way. This lad really blazes the screen whenever he is on. Watch out for him.
Adding spice to the proceedings is Sardar's son from his second marriage 'Definite' who too wants to be kingpin. So we have a situation where we have 'Definite', 'Perpendicular' Faizal's 14-year-old brother who I mentioned earlier and 'Tangent', his friend.
In essence, Kashyap goes ballistic in his overenthusiasm to paint the street red. There is no sanity in the proceedings and everyone is just out to either gun or knife the other at the call of 'action'. The patience with which he had built up the suspense of Part II comes crashing and you leave the theatre taking nothing back with you. Even Tigmanshu is relegated to the sidelines as Siddiqui takes centre stage.
What is smart though is the way Kashyap has rewound back to the first scene with which GANGS OF WASSEYPUR begins.
Apart from Siddiqui and the actor who plays his 14-year-old brother, it is Huma Qureshi who steals the thunder with her 'out of the box' act. She shows that you don't have to be size zero to be suave or sexy! Brilliant. Richa Chadda as Sardar's widow takes off from where she left at Part I. Here she encourages her brood to pick up the gun and even goes down to a hail of bullets spewing venom.
Kashyap relies on humour to push the plot when it gets stuck with too much of cartridges being expelled from a gun. It takes the sting off to an extent but then he goes back into the 'thick' of things.
In short, Part II 'Definitely' does not have a 'Perpendicular' rise. It is off 'Tangent'!