Netflix, a popular video-on-demand service, will broadcast Indian cult film – Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 & 2) as a series on its website. The 8 episode show will be a raw, unedited and uncut version of the film. This comes at a time when there is a heated debate going on in the country about censorship in films. Most recently, the latest Bond flick faced the wrath of censor Board when several kissing scenes had to be reduced in duration and profanities like “asshole” and “balls” had to be replaced with “idiot” and “cats”.
With no such restrictions on Netflix and an already cult status among cinema lovers, Gangs of Wasseypur is sure to get a grand reception. Anurag Kashyap, the Director of the two part epic, while addressing a panel at Film Bazaar in Goa said the presenting of Gangs of Wasseypur as a series on Netflix “reflects how digital distribution can play a role in expanding a film’s audience after its theatrical release” and “The other advantage of a web series is that we do not need to deal with obnoxious censorship and we have creative freedom”. The series will stream in the first week of December and will have subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Chinese, thereby appealing to a larger audience.
Also there’s a buzz around town about Gangs of Wasseypur 3 hitting the floors early next year. This will only add to the psyche of cinema-goers as the film series has left its effect on the audience with its dialogues “keh Ke Lenge“, “Tumse Na Ho Payega” and many others having become popular phrases among the masses.
Netflix in association with Amazon is planning to launch their services in India in 2016. We just hope they don’t lose their “balls” to “cats”.