What Anurag Kashyap has managed to do with Gangs Of Wasseypur is unique. Apart from directing his first ever mainstream film, Anurag has roped in 340 actors for Gangs Of Wasseypur (GOW), making it one of the first films to ever have so many characters.
Speaking about the impending Cannes visit, Anurag Kashyap says, "GOW has probably been the toughest and most fun we have had making films. It had 340 cast actors out of which 270 were speaking parts. We shot all across UP and Bihar, Ranching airport, Patna jail, Varanasi jail, Calcutta, various coal mines, powerhouses and even ghost towns. To create Dhanbad and Wasseypur from three different time zones, we had to shoot in six different cities, towns and villages. Keeping in mind the progress, we got actual shots of coal mining, sand mining, and blasts. The film covers all that the mafia does and exactly how it operates. Where Part One covers the first two generations and covers the time period from 1941 to 1990, Part Two is set in current times. We had a strong crew that stayed in villages and cooked their own food. It was like a moving commune shooting this massive film both in terms of scale and content."
Gangs Of Wasseypur which is based on the coal mafia in Dhanbad stars Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Syed Zeeshan Quadri and Richa Chadda.