What kind of an image comes to your mind when someone talks about a small town in northern India? In most of the cases, it would be that of small roads, green fields, people going by doing their day to day work on cycles or bikes and women hiding their faces with paloo while doing household chores and streets filled with litter. However, this whole palace of imagination crumbles down in the very first episode of the Mirzapur. The series paints a dark yet strikingly beautiful image of the Mirzapur for which you develop a strange kind of liking or connection. Mirzapur is written by Karan Anshuman & Puneet Krishna with Gurmmeet Singh at the helm of it. Produced by the trio Ritesh Sidhwani, Karan Anshuman and Farhan Akhtar who has earlier given us series like Inside Edge. (Mirzapur Review)
The nine-episode long series has the most dynamic star cast Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Divyenndu, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, and Amit Sial. So without wasting any more time of yours, Swagat Karte Hai Apka Mirzapur Mein, our very own small America in India (soon you will understand the reference).
What is the story of Mirzapur? (Mirzapur Review)
The story takes place in the backdrop of Mirzapur, a rugged town in Uttar Pradesh which has many hidden layers to itself. The series is set in the present times, making it easier for the audience to connect with characters and form a bond with them. From the opening scene itself, the series makes it clear that you are going to enter the world which is not meant for faint-hearted and is filled with blood, lust, and all other bad things. First, we are introduced to the character of Munna Bhaiya (Divyenndu Sharma), who wishes to take the throne of Mirzapur from his father Kaleen Bhaiya. Munna Bhaiya’s introduction sequence of him killing the groom during a wedding progression and then laughing about it gives you a clear picture that he has psychotic tendencies who does everything with sheer impulse.
Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi), the don of Mirzapur and the owner of carpet business, which is basically a front for murky guns and drugs trade. He is juggling all kind of balls from preparing his son as a successor, dealing with politicians, tackling attacks by his enemies and barely satisfying his sexually frustrated & fairly young wife (Rasika Duggal). He has a faithful henchman (Shaji Chaudhary) who has always been by his side and has protected the bloody legacy which began with Kaleen Bhaiya’s father (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) by taking over the city. Now, he is just a crippled patriarch who spends most of his time watching wildlife mating programs and keeping a faint eye on the happening of the household.
In between all this mayhem of Tripathi family, two brothers (Ali Fazal & Vikrant Massey) are forced by circumstances to leave their ambitions and join Kaleen Bhaiya to boost his empire. There is a lot of business graduates can learn from the character of Bablu (Vikrant Massey) who converts Mirzapur literally into America by making guns available to each and every individual. Later in the series, an IPS officer (Amit Sial) is posted in the city to control the mayhem caused by these two brothers.
Talking about the leading ladies of Mirzapur, we have a free-spirited girl (Shriya Pilgaonkar) who falls for the Guddu. She has a sister (Shweta Tripathi) who stands in the university elections against, Mannu Bhaiya to challenge the status quo. The story of Mirzapur follows all these characters as their lives are slowly engulfed by sins lust, greed and envy.
Is Mirzapur worth watching? (Mirzapur Review)
It is a series packed with blood, gore and dozens of curse words being hurled now and then. Creators have delivered a gripping crime drama that keeps you glued to your screens. We will do injustice if don’t talk about the powerful performance given by the class apart actors. Be it Pankaj Tripathi who add layers to the character of Kaleen Bhaiya or Ali Fazal who has really gotten into the skin of Guddu. However, amongst all these actors Divyendu Sharma delivers the performance of his career. It is his character of Mannu that is responsible for all the chaos and thrill in the series. He masterfully portrays the role of a psychopath who has to evolve into a villain if he wishes to rule the city.
The other interesting thing about Mirzapur is that it gives equal importance to the female characters and they are not just there to show skin or make orgasmic noises. Each actress has been given a strong character that adds to the story. The bold introduction scene of Shweta Tripathi masturbating in the corner of the library will take you by surprise. The women depicted in Mirzapur are not the those who follow what men say rather she has her own strong will and does what she desires. This adds much more character and juice to the series.
To summarize it, Mirzapur is a must watch series for all those who love crime drama and wish to see some hardcore content. In simpler words, it is an adult version of Gangs of Wasseypur that delivers on all fronts and will leave you hungry for more.