Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur –Part 1 was made in 2012. It was written by Akhilesh Jaiswal and Anurag Kashyap, produced by Sunil Bohra Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Anurag Kashyap made under banner Phantom Films. Rajeev Ravi has handled the cinematography and editing was done by Shweta Venkat.
It stars Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Piyush Mishra, Jameel Khan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Reema Sen, Vipin Sharma, Vineet Kumar Singh, Anurita Jha, Harish Khanna, Rajat Bhagat, Pranay Narayan, Tilak Raj Mishra, and Naman Tiwari.
It was released on 22 June 2012, made on a total budget of ₹9.2 crores and net earned ₹27.52 crore in, and the film was declared hit at the box.
The film won several awards including Asia Pacific Film Festival for Best Director and Best Film, Nation Film Award for Best Audiography and Filmfare Award for Best Critics Best Award for Best Film and Critics Award for Best Actress.
The music was composed by Sneha Khanwalkar and Piyush Mishra score was composed by G.V Prakash Kumar, and lyrics were written by Varun Grover. Soundtrack consists of four songs and its heavily influenced by traditional Indian Folk songs, the vocal is provided by Manoj Tiwari, Piyush Mishra, Manish Tipu, Bhupesh Singh, Amit Trivedi, Sneha Khanwalkar, Khushboo Raaj, Rakha Jha, Vedesh Sokoo, Rajneesh, Munna, Shyamoo, Deepak Thakur, Ranjeet Kumar Baal Party, Akshay Verma, Usri Banerjee, and Sujeet.
During shooting in Varanasi Chief assistant director Sohil Shah lost his life while doing one stunt shot scene which was an accident, and the movie has been dedicated to Sohil Shah as is seen in the opening titles. Most of the shooting of the film was shot at the village in Bihar, and Chunar.
The movie tells the story of rivalries between different types of Muslims: the butchers, Qureshi’s, and the Pathans, Khans, and extend over a period of three generations. The story starts from the pre-independence era when the British owned the mines in Dhanbad. After independence, these mines pass on to the wealthy landlord who hires an exiled Pathan to act as his strongman. The Pathan, the father of Sardar Khan (Manoj Vajpayee) has been kicked out of his village, Wasseypur, after a confrontation with the local musclemen, the Qureshi’s, and is now forced to work in the mines of Dhanbad, Sardar Khan wants to avenge his father’s death by destroying Ramadhir Singh and his family and the Qureshi’s who outcast his father.
Performance-wise Manoj Bajpai gives an impeccable performance as a violent and lecherous man. It is one of the powerhouse acts, Richa Chadda is believable as Sardar Khan’s anxious and bold wife. Reema Sen is good as a silent and steamy concubine of Sardar Khan and the rest of the supporting cast did their job very well.