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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR


Exclusive New York City Engagement Begins Friday, January 16
at the 
Film Society of Lincoln Center

Gangs of Wasseypur, presented by Adi Shankar, is Anurag Kashyap’s extraordinary blood-and-bullets-fueled five-plus hour crime saga spanning 70 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. Kashyap and his producing partner Guneet Monga also produced this year’s foreign-language hit The Lunchbox. Here, the director who’s been dubbed “the godfather of modern Indian independent cinema” offers his own epic to rival The Godfather saga and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America. A selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes, Gangs of Wasseypur will have its exclusive New York City engagement at the Film Society beginning Friday, January 16.   
 
The brand-new U.S. trailer for the film is available exclusively here:
http://youtu.be/SWTXVr8L0eE

Manoj Bajpayee (of the Kashyap-scripted gangster epic Satya) throws himself into the role of Sardar Khan, the revenge-driven patriarch wronged by Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia, the renowned director in a rare acting role), a mine owner turned corrupt politician. Shot with the flair of Tarantino and the scope of Scorsese, the enthralling Gangs of Wasseypur doubles as a chronicle of social and historical tides in 20th-century India. Called “a sprawling, giddy, hyperviolent ride” by Sight & Sound, Kashyap’s opus features plenty of sly humor, including Dhulia’s hilarious anti-Bollywood tirades. A Cinelicious Pics release.
 
Director Anurag Kashyap, Producer Guneet Monga, and Executive Producer Adi Shankar are available for phone interviews. Contact John Wildman, jwildman@filmlinc.com, for more information.

“A dizzying explosion of an Indian gangster film.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Belongs alongside the great crime sagas of the cinema: The Godfather Trilogy, City of God, Bertolucci's 1900, Heimat and Election.” – Kurt Halfyard, Twitchfilm

Director: Anurag Kashyap; Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra, Anurag Kashyap; Associate Producer: Ajay G Rai; Written by: Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, Anurag Kashyap; Story: Zeishan Quadri; Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi; Music: Sneha Khanwalker; Editor: Shweta Venkat Matthew; Sound Design: Kunal Sharma
 

320 minutes / DCP / Color / Stereo / Not Rated / 2012
In Hindi with English Subtitles

 
For information or access to a screener or a link to view the film,
please contact John Wildman, jwildman@filmlinc.com

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Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient is Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

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