‘Only Anurag Kashyap knew what he was mak­ing’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

The gang­ster film se­ries, Gangs of Wassey­pur, which com­pletes 5 years of its re­lease to­day, can be counted among the big­gest sleeper hits in the Hindi film in­dus­try. Di­rected by Anurag Kashyap, and star­ring ac­tors such as Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, Piyush Mishra, Huma Qureshi and Tig­man­shu Dhu­lia, the sto­ry­line was ap­plauded for its emo­tional raw­ness and its at­tempt at go­ing be­yond the con­ven­tional Hindi film sen­si­bil­i­ties.

Ac­tor Pankaj Tri­pathi (above), re­call­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Anurag in both the films, says, “We ac­tors didn’t even know how the film was shot! The only thing we were aware of was the story. Only Anurag (Kashyap), the captain of the ship, knew what he was craft­ing. All of us would just do what he asked us to.”

Pankaj played the role of Sul­tan Qureshi, a butcher and hench­man, whose only agenda was to kill Sar­dar Khan (played by Manoj Ba­j­payee) and his sons.

The ac­tor tells how the cast ini­tially had dif­fi­culty grasp­ing the raw lan­guage spo­ken in the ru­ral area, where the story was set.

“The lan­guage, though tough to speak, was learnt by ev­ery­one. The set, too, had an aura of its own. We never ex­pected the film to turn out this way,” he says.

Ask Pankaj what was the tough­est part dur­ing the shoot, and he says, “Since I play a butcher, most of my scenes were in an ac­tual butcher house, and that also in a man­ual one. I be­long to a Pan­dit fam­ily, and the sight of so much blood and the smell made all the ac­tors vomit. It was re­ally scary. Ev­ery per­son present there turned into a pure veg­e­tar­ian for the next few months!”

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