Whenever we speak about the desi gangster genre in India, there is only one name that pops up- Anurag Kashyap. The man is a legend and there's no two ways about it. However, it looks like the makers of Mirzapur have tried too hard to adapt his narrative style but without any of his flamboyance. Actually, the series is set in a dead Kashyap universe, trying too much to please the Kashyap loyals.
The story of Mirzapur revolves around a local drug lord Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) whose son Munna (Divyendu) is trying too hard to take his place but lacks any of his diplomatic or criminal skills. His position is in danger after two local boys Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu (Vikrant Massey) beat him up to their own surprise.
At the very beginning, we are told that there is no one that we can root for. One is a bad guy and the others are competing to be worse. This is not necessarily a bad thing but the plan falters as we are left with no character to hold on to. Even for stories with antagonists as the lead, the audience needs a hero. The hero might be a bad guy but to make a compelling point, a hero is of utmost importance (Case in point: Netflix’s Sacred Games where Gaitonde successfully becomes the hero while being a negative character).
Although the writers try to give some twist and turns to this series, you can still see everything coming. After thriller movies and series, it comes as no surprise when innocent people are left handicapped or dead.
Talking about the star performances, Pankaj Tripathi owns the show. He's made a name for himself in a way that no one ever can! Ali Fazal comes as a surprise but his character seems to know no loyalties. Vikrant Massey plays the innocent docile boy and we are hoping that his character will find a direction in the upcoming episodes.
The digital streaming platform, Amazon Prime Video has tried to establish themselves with shows like Inside Edge and Breathe let's face it; they are nowhere near Netflix’s Sacred Games. So, SEVEN AND A HALF STARS!