Indian crime epic 'Gangs of Wasseypur' bound for US

Theatrical poster: "Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 1"

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Theatrical poster: "Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 1"

India's feted five-hour crime story from multi-award winning director Anurag Kashyap is to gain North American distribution courtesy of US distributor Cinelicious later this year.

"Gangs of Wasseypur" was welcomed by the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 as part of its Directors' Fortnight program and was given a two-part release in India over the months of June and August 2012.

Its narrative encompasses a 60-year period and, though fictionalized, tells the story of the Indian coal mafia that sprung up around the country's mining industry.

A success with critics and audiences alike, the violent and unflinching two-parter became a cult hit, attracting overseas attention and cementing its director's reputation -- Kashyap received the French government's Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at Cannes the following year.

Adi Shankar, an executive producer of Liam Neeson survival film "The Grey," is assisting with the "Gangs of Wasseypur" push in North America; "I just really love ‘Gangs' and feel that it's an important movie so I'm doing everything I can to make sure it makes is mark state-side," he told Variety.

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