There are few Hindi movies which have left a cultural imprint the size of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur in this decade.
In fact, Kashyap once lamented that the movie had become an albatross around his neck and wrote a while ago: “Seven years back is exactly when my life got ruined. Since then all everyone wants me to do is the same thing over and over again. Whereas I have only been unsuccessfully trying to get away from that expectation."
From dialogues to songs to bizarre scenes which only could have crept up from the abyss of Anurag Kashyap’s demented mind – like Sardar Khan using a Mithun look-alike to mock Ramadhir Singh – it’s a movie which is unlikely to ever leave its makers behind.
The memetic gravity of its dialogues is likely to continue into the next decade as well with gems like
- Yeh Wasseypur hai. Yahan kabootar bhi ek pankh se udta hai, aur doosre se apna ijjat bachata hai.
- Jaise loha lohe ko kaat ta hai, waise c*** hi toh chutiye ko kaatega na? -
- Jab tak iss desh mein saneema hai, tab tak log c*** bante rahenge.
- Baap ka, dada ka, bhai ka. sabka badla lega re, tera faizal.
While there were many stellar performances too in that movie, the one that really stood the test of time writer Tigmanshu Dhulia’s foray into acting with the iconic Ramadhir Singh. Ramadhir Singh was truly the protagonist of Gangs of Wasseypur, the cunning villain surrounded by three generation of antagonistic imbeciles masquerading as heroes.
And his one dialogue transcended all genres and is the go-to meme now is: “Beta tumse na ho payega.”
And on Wednesday, as emotions heated up over the CAA bill, a Twitter user tried to use Dhulia’s iconic line on him, for which he had, the perfect comeback. Check out the exchange below:
बेटा तुम से ना हो पाएगा. ?— Gaurav Mehra (@gyanbygaurav) December 18, 2019
Achha...beta tum Jitna Padhe ho na utna hum likh chuke hain https://t.co/Pz7ymyTQDr— Tigmanshu Dhulia (@dirtigmanshu) December 18, 2019
Chalo theek hai— Tigmanshu Dhulia (@dirtigmanshu) December 18, 2019
You da man.... ???????????????????????????? https://t.co/rwXjPOa2HV— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 18, 2019
For the uninitiated, Tigmanshu Dhula is a dialogue writer, director, actor, scriptwriter and producer who even wrote dialogues for Dil Se. He has also directed films like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and won the National Award for the former.
He would however always be synonymous with his acting debut, the Machiavellian Ramadhir Singh, who is the main antagonist of Kashyap’s magnum opus.
How the film fraternity have reacted
Doubling down attack on the police crackdown inside Jamia Millia Islamia University, more voices from the Indian film industry on Tuesday backed the students against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Actors Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra, veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar and filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj and Anurag Kashyap among others expressed solidarity with the youth over Sunday's violence inside the campus.
Thousands of students across India took to the streets demanding a probe into the use of teargas inside the Jamia library as well as police entering the campus without permission from university authorities on Sunday.
Jamia turned into a war zone on Sunday as police entered the campus and used force to quell student protests against the Act.
Ayyub, who is in the capital, expressed solidarity with Jamia and Aligarh Muslim University students and urged everyone to stand united against the contentious Act.
Targeting the administration, the "Article 15" actor said the government had nothing to show in the name of work so they are creating new villains every day.
"Today they are making villains out of Muslims. Even if you do remove them, do you think they will not make any new villains? They will keep making more villains... They have nothing to show. People are bored on Pakistan, Kashmir. They are making a fool of you for their entertainment. Don't get fooled, stand united," he said at a gathering in Press Club in New Delhi.
In response to a news video alleging Jamia students resorted to violence on Sunday, Akhtar said the police cannot enter the campus without the permission of the varsity authorities.
"By entering the Jamia campus without permission, police has created a precedence that is a threat to every university," Akhtar tweeted on Monday.
Bhardwaj tweeted, "My heart pains for the students of Jamia. Don't be silent, don't be violent." Director Anurag Kashyap, who had returned to Twitter to criticise the government on its handling of student protests, on Tuesday appealed for peace in light of violent protests in Delhi's Seelampur area.
"Protests must be kept peaceful... Neither state nor the people should attack or get violent or the point of protest is lost," he wrote.
"The world is watching... So proud of these students standing up for One India," Qureshi wrote.
Parineeti called the crackdown by the police on students "barbaric".
"If this is what's gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind?" she asked.
Sidharth said his heart goes out to all the students back home in Delhi.
"In a democracy like ours, it's sad to see violence against citizens for voicing their opinion through peaceful protests. There should be no place for violence of any form & intent in our country. I strongly condemn this act," he tweeted.
Director Alankrita Shrivastava said nothing can justify what has happened to the students.
"The broken legs, the lost eye, the assaults in the darkness, the barbaric beating up of the innocent, the vandalising of a space of learning, the invasion of the student hostels. History will remember," she wrote on the microblogging site.
"Students are our asset and we should stand by them. I hope sense prevails soon, the country cannot go to war with itself! As the old adage goes, you cannot fight fire with fire," Abhay Deol wrote on Instagram.
Other members of film fraternity such as actors Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, director Hansal Mehta, Jim Sarbh and producer Guneet Monga also reacted on the protests against the Act.
Alia Bhatt shared a picture of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution on her Instagram Stories and wrote "Learn from the students".
Sonakshi, too, shared the picture of the Preamble and captioned it as: "This is what we were, what we are and what we MUST remain! #neverforget." Varun shared an image of men belonging to different religions with 'India' written in the middle as they held hands together. He captioned it as: "Jai Hind." Director Hansal Mehta tweeted he stands in solidarity with all those who "protest peacefully" and "condemn all those who seek to quash these protests by violent means".
"India is burning. Oppression, repression and violence of any kind must be condemned. It must be met with non-violent protest and non-cooperation. I salute those bravehearts who are raising their voices inspite of the looming threat of persecution.
Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna said by "oppressing the voices of our students by using violence" the country crawled even further into the dark tunnel.
"I stand by a secular, democratic India where peaceful dissent is our constitutional right," Twinkle wrote on Instagram.
Veteran actor Soni Razdan shared a screenshot of a video in which her husband, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, she said, is reading out the Preamble.
"In this frame you can see the Bhagwat Geeta, a Christmas Tree and a frame that says Ya Ali Madat. Proud to say that's my house and my dear husband reading out the preamble of the Constitution of India. My home ... My India. Any religion not seen in the frame is also welcome," she tweeted.
With inputs from agencies