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Indian Crime Epic 'Gangs of Wasseypur' Coming to US Theaters (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 9, 2014 at 5:19PM

Cinelicious Pics has acquired North American rights to director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyaps' ambitious Indian crime epic "Gangs of Wasseypur," hailed as the "Infernal Affairs," "Godfather" and "City of God" of India. Watch the trailer.
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'Gangs of Wasseypur'
'Gangs of Wasseypur'

Cinelicious Pics has acquired North American rights to director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyaps' ambitious Indian crime epic "Gangs of Wasseypur," hailed as the "Infernal Affairs," "Godfather" and "City of God" of India. The film is produced by "The Lunchbox"'s Guneet Monga.

Here's the synopsis of this brutal, anti-Bollywood film, which currently has 100% on the Tomatometer:

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga that charts seventy years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs and beginning with the bandit-like career of Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) in the 1940s, the film follows the ruthless rise of his son Sardar (a brilliant Manoj Bajpayee) and his offspring, the surreally-named Danish, Perpendicular and Definitive Khans and their numerous wives and girlfriends.

As with Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER, it’s the least likely of Sardar’s children – the perpetually stoned Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) - who rises to the top ranks of the Khan crime family, vowing brutal revenge on their longtime nemesis, the wily and seemingly unstoppable Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Composer Sneha Khanwalkar’s stunning soundtrack ranks with legends like R.D. Burman, but don’t expect Bollywood-style dance numbers: this is a movie that up-ends every expectation of what great Indian cinema should look (and sound) like. 

This intense 2013 international film fest hit will release in North American theaters this Fall.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.