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Anurag Kashyap plans Gangs of Wasseypur 3

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, whose Bombay Velvet starring Ranbir Kapoor proved to be a dud at the box office, wants to go back to his claim to fame - Gangs of Wasseypur. The director has asked writer-actor-turned director Zeishan Qadri to write the script for the third installment of Wasseypur franchise.

bollywood Updated: Sep 09, 2015 13:10 IST
Sweta Kaushal
Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times
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After watching his directorial debut, Meeruthiya Gangsters, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has asked actor-writer Zeishan Qadri to write and direct the third installment of Gangs of Wasseypur.

Never mind that his last directorial venture, Bombay Velvet, is counted among Bollywood's biggest duds in recent times. Unfazed by the failure, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has started work on the third installment of his original claim to fame--Gangs of Wasseypur. The director has asked writer-actor-turned-director Zeishan Qadri to write the film's script.

"After watching my directorial debut,

Meeruthiya Gangsters

, Anurag sir asked me to write and direct Wasseypur 3," Qadri told Hindustan Times. When asked about the plot in his mind, Qadri said he planned to take the real story forward this time. "Wasseypur 2 ended in 2002. Now, we will take the story forward as per the developments in the region till 2015," he said.

When asked to comment on Qadri, Kashyap had earlier said: "There is one film I'm pleasantly surprised and proud of. I never knew that Zeishan Quadri would work in one film and become a big name. It feels very good to see Neeraj Ghaywan and Zeishan Quadri not just make films, but make good films."

Watch Meeruthiya Gangters trailer:

Gangs of Wasseypur was screened at Cannes Film Festival 2012 as a five-hour-long feature and was later released in India in two parts - Gangs of Wasseypur and Gangs of Wasseypur 2. The film put the spotlight on Kashyap, who had earlier made brilliant films like Gulaal and Black Friday but never got the recognition due to him from the industry. With Wasseypur, Bollywood embraced Anurag Kashyap like one of its own.

Bombay Velvet, starring Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor and Karan Johar, however, was a debacle Anurag Kashyap was never prepared for. The film was widely panned by critics and earned a mere Rs 16 crore at the domestic ticket windows in its first weekend. A few days after the film,


wrote on Facebook, "It is time to close the book and move on. its been a journey, as if one life is over with Bombay Velvet. A lot of people do not connect with it and a small number of people did."

Reports claim that Wasseypur 3 will be released in 2016. When asked about it, Qadri said: "I can write the film in a month. I wrote the complete script for Gangs of Wasseypur (both part I and II) in straight 30 days. If I remember right, I wrote Meeruthiya Gangsters in 11-12 days."

Talking about the film's trailer, Kashyap said, "If you see the film, from the trailer itself you'll understand the origin of where the strange characters of 'Gangs of Wasseypur' came from. It was a part of Zeishan's growing up years. Throughout his life, he experienced exciting stories, real life stories and stories which no one else ever touched. And similarly this time he has taken these characters and made the film, 'Meeruthiya Gangsters'. The quirky characters will definitely make you laugh but also make you scared. It's a very good thriller and it will go places and all fans of 'Gangs of Wasseypur' are especially going to love the film."

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First Published: Sep 08, 2015 15:17 IST