Gangs of Wasseypur (stylised as Gangs of वासेपुर) is a 2012 Indian two-part crime film, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap, and written by Kashyap and Zeishan Quadri. Centered on the coal mafia (Mafia Raj) of Dhanbad, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families, the film features an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles. Its story spans from 1941 to 2009. Both parts were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 321 minutes and screened at the 2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, but, since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a more-than-five-hour film, it was divided into two parts for the Indian market.
Anurag had also revealed twice – once in 2010 and once in 2018 – that the Tamil movie, Subramaniapuram (2008) was the inspiration for this movie series. Both parts of the film are available for online streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, Voot Select, Kanopy and MX Player.
Most characters in this film are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Wasseypur.
Manoj Bajpai as Sardar Khan, Shahid Khan’s son
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan, Sardar’s second son
Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatun, Sardar’s first wife
Huma Qureshi as Mohsina Hamid, Faizal’s wife
Reema Sen as Durga, Sardar’s second wife
Piyush Mishra as Nasir, Sardar’s uncle
Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan, the patriarch of the Khan family.
Vineet Kumar Singh as Danish Khan, Sardar’s eldest son
Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan Qureshi, nephew of Sultana Daku, one of Sardar’s enemies.
Vipin Sharma as Ehsan Qureshi, Sultan’s uncle
Jameel Khan as Asghar Khan, Sardar’s cousin
Satya Anand as J.P Singh, Ramadhir’s son
Pramod Pathak as Sultana Daku / Sharif Qureshi
Anurita Jha as Shama Parveen, Danish’s wife and Sultan’s sister
Zeishan Quadri as Definite Khan, Sardar’s third son
Aditya Kumar as Babu “Babua/Perpendicular” Khan, Sardar’s fourth son
Rajkumar Yadav as Shamshad Alam
Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh, a criminal cum politician.
Yashpal Sharma as Occasional Singer (Guest Appearance)