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Five-hour Gangs marathon!

Anurag Kashyap’s GOW 1 and 2,releasing back-to-back in select theatres, is a 320-minute epic. Up for it?

bollywood Updated: Aug 05, 2012 15:58 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Anurag Kashyap had been planning a film on Bihar, but that didn’t materalise. Then, in 2008, he met Zeishan Quadri who narrated the story of Wasseypur that traced the emergence of a coal mafia in the region. Fascinated, Anurag shot it as a 5-hour-20-minute film.

It was screened as a single film at the 2012 Cannes Director’s Fortnight. But unsure of the audience reaction back home to such a long film, he decided to release it in two parts in India.

Part 1 that starts in the early 1940s and ends in the late 1990s, opened on June 22, with a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Part 2, of roughly the same duration, takes the story forward to 2009, and is scheduled for an August 8 release. However, some theatres are willing to screen GOW 1 and 2 back-to-back in a unique marathon. Anurag confirms this saying, “Yes, the full film will be screened at PVR in Juhu and Lower Parel, and many other city theatres.”

He admits he was apprehensive about how Part 1 would fare commercially. “For one, it was incomplete and had a lot of background history which was necessary to set the context. It was long, slowed down in parts to establish characters for Part 2, and ended with the revenge not being realised.” Anurag is far more confident of Part 2 after Part 1’s success. “It’s rocket,” he promises. “Those who loved Part 1 will flip out watching Part 2. It’s a fun ride and has been shot in a contemporary style, with Bhojpuri rap and electronica. It’s Bihari cool!”

Other Bollywood marathons
* Sangam (1964, 3 hours,58 minutes)
* Mera Naam Joker (1970,4 hours,4 minutes)
* Lagaan (2001, 3 hours,44 minutes)
* LOC: Kargil (2003, 4 hours, 15 minutes)
* Mohabbatein (2000, 3 hours, 36 minutes)