Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (stylised as Gangs of वासेपुर II ) is a 2012 Indian crime film co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. It is the second installment of the Gangs of Wasseypur series centered on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families. Part 2 features an ensemble cast with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Rajkummar Rao and Zeishan Quadri in the major roles. Its story spans from the 1990s to 2009.
Both parts were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 319 minutes and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight but since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a five plus hour movie, it was divided into two parts (160 mins and 159 mins respectively) for the Indian market.
The film received an Adults Only certification from the Indian Censor Board but is still unusually explicit for Indian standards as it contained vulgar lingo and violence generally suppressed by mainstream Indian movies. The film’s soundtrack is heavily influenced by traditional Indian folk songs tending to be philosophical and liberal with its heavy use of sexual innuendos. Part 2 was released on 8 Aug 2012 across India and had some paid previews on 7 August 2012.
Both parts of the film were acclaimed by the critics upon release. The combined film won the Best Audiography, Re-recordist’s of the Final Mixed Track (Alok De, Sinoy Joseph and Shreejesh Nair) and Special Mention for acting (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) at the 60th National Film Awards. The film won four Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Critics) and Best Actress (Critics), at the 58th Filmfare Awards Although not a huge hit by any financial standard, the meagre combined budget of ₹18.5cr allowed the 2 films to be commercially successful, with net domestic earnings of ₹50.81cr (of the 2 parts combined). It is regarded by many as a modern cult film.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan
Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatoon
Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh
Huma Qureshi as Mohsina Hamid
Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan
Reemma Sen as Durga
Piyush Mishra as Nasir
Aditya Kumar as Babu “Babua/Perpendicular” Khan
Jameel Khan as Asgar Khan
Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan
Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen
Satya Anand as J.P Singh
Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi
Murari Kumar as Guddu
Rajkummar Rao as Shamshad Alam
Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)
Vicky Nanavare as Sardar Khan’s unnamed son