It’s a cause for celebration when a B movie delivers as spectacularly as Wahan Ke Log does, especially given that its genre elements also have to make room for the singing, dancing and romancing.
V. Shantaram was an artist of conscience who dedicated himself to using the filmic arts as a means to further social causes. At the time Do Ankhen Barah Haath, Shantaram was a good few years beyond his most acclaimed works.
Gangs of Wasseypur is a bloody, sprawling, mutli-generation gangland epic about warring factions in a grungy industrial town, which explores the cyclical and futile nature of violence and vengeance.
The movie’s tale of an innocent trapped in a den of scoundrels is told with enough style and effectiveness to show that, despite its poverty row roots, a considerable amount of care went into its making. To my mind, it would be nice to see that care rewarded with a little retroactive TLC.
With films like Nagin and the original Jaani Dushman, Raj Kumar Kohli demonstrated a quirky sensibility. Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani demonstrates the grinding down of that sensibility.