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We are playing both Part 1 & 2 on Friday and Saturday. If you would only like to see one part at a time you may purchase tickets at the box office.

There will be a 45 minute intermission between Parts 1 & 2

Presented by Adi Shankar, Producer of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, DREDD and THE GREY
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR  Drama, 2014, Cinelicious Pics, 320 min..  From the producer of THE LUNCHBOX (the most successful foreign-language movie of 2014 so far), this is Indian cinema's answer to Coppola's THE GODFATHER Pt. I and II and Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.  Director Anurag Kashyap's extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga charts seventy years in the lives  and spectacular deaths  of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the slums of Wasseypur in coal-rich eastern India, inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs.  Beginning with the bandit-like career of Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) in the 1940's and following 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, GANGS mirrors the tumultuous and explosive growth of modern India with the ferocious cinematic intensity of Scorsese's MEAN STREETS and GOODFELLAS.  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), never seen without a hash pipe dangling from his lip  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 the best of 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.  A selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Director's Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival.  In Hindi with English subtitles.

"A frequently spectacular achievement:  five hours  and then some  of gliding camera moves, brutal action and dizzying revenge plotting"  Ben Kenigsberg, NY Times

"GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is the bloody, five-hour Indian crime drama you've been looking for"  Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"A dizzying explosion of an Indian gangster film, whose epic structure and colorful, immoral killers capture the imagination for over five hours  An extraordinary ride through Bollywood's spectacular, over-the-top filmmaking, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace."  Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

"A brilliant collage of genres, by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence  A saga of three generations of mobsters cursed and driven by a blood feud."  Maggie Lee, Variety.

"Belongs alongside the great crime sagas of the cinema: The Godfather Trilogy, City of God, Bertolucci's 1900, Heimat and Election. The perfect nexus of history, craft, thematic heft, and balls-to-the-wall entertainment, it is why cinema was invented in the first place. It is HBO's Deadwood rogues gallery of character actors as much as it is the legacy scheming driven plot mechanics of I, Claudius. Rare is the opportunity of novel-style story telling and mighty cinematic craft to come together in such a marvelous package. It's a gift to film lovers..."  Kurt Halfyard, Twitchfilm.


Downtown Independent (View)
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States


Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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