Amazon’s Mirzapur is a hyper-violent action-crime-thriller web series which seems to be a rip off of previous works of Anurag Kashyap.
Season 1 consists of 9 episodes all streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
The story revolves around Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) -a multi-millionaire carpet exporter, gun mafia, drug lord and the “King of Mirzapur”. His immature power-hungry son, Munna(Divyendu Sharma), who whenever comes on screen, does one of these things: drugs, sex, killing/threatening people. After an incident at a wedding, Ramakant Pandit(Rajesh Tailang), an honest lawyer with a lot of principles, and his sons, Guddu(Ali Fazal) and Bablu(Vikrant Massey) encounter the Tripathis.
The characters in this “original” series are not so original and are also stereotyped, like the two brothers Guddu and Bablu, one of whom uses his muscle power while the other, his brain. And even the story at some point feels like it has already been told in some way or the other. For instance, Guddu and Bablu join Tripathi’s gang after Kaleen Bhaiya offers them the job post same wedding incident. This makes Munna feel sidelined by his father and he gets filled with the vengeance against all the three. Mmmm… not so original after all. After the 2nd episode, you might feel like the story is being stretched. But stars like Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma and others keep you engaged.
Other characters like Rati Shankar Shukla(Shubrajyoti Bharat) -Kaleen Bhaiya’s rival, Maqbool(Shaji Chaudhary) – Kaleen Bhaiya’s loyal right hand, Beena Tripathi(Rasika Dugal) – Kaleen Bhaiya’s second wife have their stories to tell and do a decent job.
There are a lot more things in this series but writing them down will ruin the fun.
Should you watch it?
You should definitely watch it if you are a fan of Anurag Kashyap Universe and you love blood-shed, guns, swearing, and dialogues like:
‘Attack me bhi gun, defense me bhi gun, hum banayenge Mirzapur ko Amirica’
‘Mata ji yahan hai, Behen yaha hai, Maa-Behen ek karne mein aasani hogi’
‘Guns ki maddat se darr nahi badhana hai, darr ki maddat se guns badhani hai’
‘Shuru majboori mein kiye the, ab maja aa raha hai’
Verdict: 7 meme worthy templates.