Progression of Success

A point of significance for me in Gangs of Wasseypur was the way success was defined in the film. I usually see the upper class as being the most successful, in our society this is typically achieved by power through wealth. In the film, we see how a family can rise from the bottom of the totem pole to becoming one of the most feared and well known families in their town.  This progression happened through murder, revenge, and greed.

Shahid Khan is murdered because of his greed. Then his son, Sadar spends his whole life seeking revenge on his father’s killer, and along the way becomes a feared mob boss. Then we see the cycle start again with Sadar’s sons, because he spent too much time focusing on his hatred for his father’s killer instead of raising his children. There was also a link between the raise from their class system and the role of a father figure. It showed one must be sacrificed, and most of the time it was the family left behind. Sadar leaves his first two sons, to start a whole new family, then only reappears when they can be of value to him by becoming one of his lackeys. Sadar lost his father at a young age, so you would think he would value that role. Instead, he’s blinded by vengeance.

Is becoming successful measured any less if it’s achieved through immoral routes?


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