Mirzapur (TV series)

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Mirzapur
Poster of Mirzapur 2018.jpg
Poster Of Mirzapur
GenreCrime
Thriller
Action
Created by
Directed by
Starringsee Cast section
Music byAnand Bhaskar
ComposerJohn Stewart Eduri
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersRitesh Sidhwani
Farhan Akhtar
Bhaumik Gondaliya
CinematographySanjay Kapoor
EditorsManan Mehta
Anshul Gupta
Running time38–65 minutes
Production companyExcel Entertainment
Release
Original networkAmazon Video
Original release16 November 2018 (2018-11-16) –
present

Mirzapur is an Indian Hindi-language action crime thriller streaming television series on Amazon Prime Video, created by Karan Anshuman, who wrote the script along with Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna. Anshuman directed the first season of the series, along with Gurmmeet Singh and Mihit Desai, who also directed the second season of the series. The series is produced by Rithesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar of Excel Entertainment.[1] The series is Amazon Prime Video's third Indian original after Inside Edge and Breathe.

The story follows the rule of Akhandanand Tripathi (Pankaj Tripathi), also known as Kaleen Bhaiya, the mafia don and proverbial ruler of Mirzapur in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.[2] The series chronicles the events which follows. In the first season, it features Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur and Kulbhushan Kharbanda,[3] whereas the second season retains the principal cast from the first season, excluding Massey and Pilgaonkar, with new cast consisting of Vijay Varma, Isha Talwar, Lilliput, Anjum Sharma, Priyanshu Painyuli, Anangsha Biswas and Neha Sargam.

The series was filmed mostly across Uttar Pradesh, primarily shot in Mirzapur, and many locations which include Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Lucknow, Raebareli, Gorakhpur, and Varanasi. Sanjay Kapoor served as the cinematographer, with Manan Mehta and Anshul Gupta edited the series. John Stewart Eduri composed the background score.

The first season of Mirzapur was released on 16 November 2018.[4] The series opened to eventually positive response from audiences, while critics gave mixed reviews to the series.[5] The performances of the cast members, particularly Pankaj Tripathi's, received rave response.[5] It eventually became the most popular web series of India, followed by Sacred Games.[6] The second season of Mirzapur was released on 23 October 2020.[7][8] The series was renewed for a third season on 12 November 2020 by Amazon Prime Video.[9][10]

Premise[edit]

The iron-fisted Akhandanand Tripathi is a millionaire carpet exporter and the mafia don of Mirzapur. His son, Munna, is an unworthy, power-hungry heir who will stop at nothing to inherit his father's legacy. An incident at a wedding procession forces him to cross paths with Ramakant Pandit, an upstanding lawyer, and his sons, Guddu and Bablu. It snowballs into a game of ambition, power and greed that threatens the fabric of this lawless city.

Cast[edit]

Overview[edit]

Character Portrayed by
Season 1
(2018)
Season 2
(2020)
Govind "Guddu" Pandit Ali Fazal Main
Vinay "Bablu" Pandit Vikrant Massey Main Does not appear
Akhandanand "Kaleen Bhaiya" Tripathi Pankaj Tripathi Main
Phoolchand "Munna" Tripathi Divyendu Sharma Main
Beena Tripathi Rasika Dugal Main
Gajgamini "Golu" Gupta Shweta Tripathi Sharma Main
Satyanand Tripathi Kulbhushan Kharbanda Main
Swaragini "Sweety" Gupta Shriya Pilgaonkar Main Does not appear
Devdatt "Dadda" Tyagi Lilliput Does not appear Main
Bharat Tyagi/Shatrughan Tyagi Vijay Varma Does not appear Main
Madhuri Yadav Isha Talwar Does not appear Main

Main[edit]

  • Ali Fazal as Govind "Guddu" Pandit: Ramakant and Vasudha's elder son, late Sweety's husband, and later Shabnam's lover. He wanted to be Mr. Purvanchal after winning the contest but later worked as an employee in Kaleen Bhaiya's illegal business of guns. After Munna kills Bablu and Sweety, he sets out to take revenge. (Season 1-present)
  • Vikrant Massey as Vinay "Bablu" Pandit: Ramakant and Vasudha's younger son, who was excellent in studies and wanted to be an IAS Officer by clearing UPSC exam, but later worked as an employee in Kaleen Bhaiya's illegal business of guns. He later got shot by Munna on Akhandanand's order. (Season 1) Dead
  • Shriya Pilgaonkar as Swaragini "Sweety" Gupta Pandit: Parshuram's elder daughter , Golu's Sister and Guddu's wife. She was a strong and independent woman. Later gets shot by Munna. (Season 1) Dead
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Akhandanand Tripathi: who is referred to as "Kaleen Bhaiya" (carpet brother) as he runs a carpet business. He is a cunning and power-obsessed man, Satyanand's elder son, Beena's husband, and Munna Bhaiya's father. (Season 1-present)
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Satyanand Tripathi aka Bauji: Former King of Mirzapur; Akhandanand's father and Munna's grandfather who is the patriarch of the Tripathi family. He is a ruthless and male-dominative man. He blackmailed Beena and coerced Radhiya to have sex with him. (Season 1-2) Dead
  • Lilliput as Devdatt 'Dadda' Tyagi: Bharat and Shatrughan's father, and Geeta's husband. He is a dealer of alcohol and stole motors illegally and a powerful man of Bihar. (Season 2-present)
  • Rasika Dugal as Beena Tripathi: Akhandanand's second wife, Satyanand's daughter-in-law and Munna's stepmother. (Season 1-present)
  • Divyendu Sharma as Phoolchand Tripathi: who is referred to as "Munna Bhaiya" (baby brother). Kaleen Bhaiya's son, Satyanand's grandson, and Madhuri's husband. He is obsessed with not being the "King of Mirzapur" which leads to frequent arguments with his father, Akhandanand. (Season 1-2) Dead
  • Shweta Tripathi Sharma as Gajgamini "Golu" Gupta: A nerdy, intelligent college student who always reads books; Parshuram's younger daughter and Sweety's younger sister. Her character becomes more dark and violent when she sets to take revenge after Munna killed Bablu and Sweety. (Season 1-present)
  • Isha Talwar as Madhuri Yadav Tripathi, Surya's daughter, Munna's wife. She is the CM of Uttar Pradesh after her dad dies. (Season 2-present)
  • Vijay Varma as Bharat Tyagi: Devdatt and Geeta's son, Saloni's husband (Season 2; Dead)/ Shatrughan Tyagi: Devdatt and Geeta's son, and Golu's love interest. (Season 2-present)
  • Amit Sial as Senior Superintendent of Police Ram Sharan Maurya, Special Officer assigned to Mirzapur (Season 1–2) Dead

Recurring[edit]

  • Harshita Shekhar Gaur as Dimpy Pandit: She is sweet , innocent , obedient and sharp Ramakant and Vasudha's daughter and Guddu and Bablu's younger sister , she was kidnapped by Munna to seek revenge from Guddu and Bablu. (Season 1-present)
  • Rajesh Tailang as Ramakant Pandit: A reputed and a loyal lawyer, Vasudha's husband and Guddu, Bablu and Dimpy's father (Season 1-present)
  • Sheeba Chaddha as Vasudha Pandit: Ramakant Pandit's wife and Guddu, Bablu and Dimpy's mother (Season 1-present)
  • Priyanshu Painyuli as 'Robin' Agarwal: Dimpy's fiancée. (Season 2-present)
  • Shaji Chaudhary as Maqbool Khan, After Rati Shankar firstly Satyanand and now also Akhandanand's trusted henchman later turned enemy. (Season 1-present)
  • Aasif Khan as Babar Khan, Maqbool's nephew (Season 1–2)
  • Abhishek Banerjee as Subodh. He is often called Compounder because he is a quack pharmacist. (Season 1)
  • Brahma Mishra as Lalit, Munna Bhaiya's right-hand man (Season 1–2)
  • Shahnawaz Pradhan as Superintendent of Police Parshuram Gupta, Golu and Sweety's father (Season 1-present)
  • Pramod Pathak as Jai Prakash "J.P." Yadav, younger brother of Chief Minister Surya Pratap Yadav (Season 1-present)
  • Shubrajyoti Barat as Rati Shankar Shukla: Bahubali of Jaunpur, Shakuntala's husband and Sharad's father also the rival of Tripathi's. (Season 1)
  • Anjum Sharma as Sharad Shukla, Rati Shankar and Shakuntala's son. (Season 1-present)
  • Anil George as Lala; father of Shabnam and the maker and seller of opium. (Season 1-present)
  • Akash Singh Rajput as Daara: Shabnam's fiancé who gets shot by Munna Tripathi gang during their marriage reception (Season 1) Dead
  • Shernavaz Jijina as Shabnam: Lala's daughter (Season 1-present)
  • Manu Rishi as Police IG Vishudanand Dubey (Season 1-present)
  • Prashansa Sharma as Radhiya: Tripathi family's house help who was assaulted by Munna and later Satyanand too. (Season 1-present)
  • Anangsha Biswas as Zarina a nightstand later PA of JP (Season 1-present)
  • Hemant Kapadia as Imran Alam (Season 1–2)
  • Nitin Mahesh Joshi as Raja: the male servant of Tripathi family who had sex with Beena and was caught red-handed by Satyanand who punished and then ousted him from Tripathi Kothi. (Season 1–2)
  • Paritosh Sand as Chief Minister (CM) Surya Pratap Yadav: Madhuri's father, CM of Uttar Pradesh and Munna's father in law. (Season 2)
  • Meghna Malik as Shakuntala Shukla, Rati Shankar's wife and mother of Sharad. (Season 2-present)
  • Shrikant Verma as Mamaji, Dadda Tyagi's Brother-in-law and Geeta's brother (Season 2)
  • Alka Amin as Geeta Tyagi: Devdatt's wife and Bharat and Shatrughan's mother (Season 2-present)
  • Neha Sargam as Saloni Tyagi: Bharat's wife and Geeta and Dadda's daughter in law (Season 2-present)
  • Santosh Bhokare as Police Officer Pandey
  • Mukesh Bhatt as Haseena
  • Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Doctor (Season 2)
  • Rohit Tiwari as PA Anand (Season 2-present)
  • Ali Quli Mirza as Sheku Bhai: A hairdresser who gets killed by Guddu (Season 2)

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
1916 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
21023 October 2020 (2020-10-23)

Season 1[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Jhandu"Karan Anshuman and Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Akhandanand Tripathi AKA Kaleen Bhaiya, the uncrowned king of Mirzapur, runs a drugs and arms business, under the guise of a carpet manufacturing company. One night, his son Phoolchand Tripathi AKA Munna Bhaiya who is known as the prince of mirzapur, accidentally kills a groom with celebratory gunfire while dancing at his wedding. Kaleen has a much younger wife, Beena Tripathi, who he continually fails to satisfy in bed. The family of the dead groom hires Ramakant Pandit, a fearless and idealist lawyer. Ramakant has 3 kids; Guddu, Bablu and Dimpy. They study in the same college as Munna. Guddu has a crush on Dimpy's close friend Sweety Which Munna also lust for , but he is too scared to ask her out. SP Parshuram informs Kaleen that his old rival Rati Shankar might be returning to Mirzapur and also about Munna's blunder. Kaleen tells his son to clean up his own mess. Munna goes to the lawyer's house to threaten him into rejecting the case. When Ramakant refuses to comply, Munna pulls a gun on him. This leads to a scuffle in which Ramakant and his family manage to beat up Munna and his goons. Kaleen decides to step in and he summons Ramakant's sons, who are dreading what the kingpin has in store for them.
2"Gooda"Gurmeet Singh and Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Kaleen is impressed by the fact that the Pandit brothers thrashed Munna despite knowing that he is Kaleen's son. He decides to offer them a job, shocking the brothers and Munna. After much pondering, they agree to work for Kaleen. Munna is angry with his father for not punishing Guddu and Bablu. They are given a bike and a pair of pistols. They are also told to talk their father into refusing the case. Pandit refuses to listen to his sons and asks them to leave. It is revealed that Sweety has a nerdy sister, Gajgamini "Golu" Gupta who is very close to Bablu and they both like each other , Golu always ask Sweety not be in a relationship with Munna because he is very violent also she supports Sweety to be with Guddu , and that their father is a corrupt cop who takes bribes from Kaleen. Munna is interested in Sweety, who refuses him constantly, despite his friend's threats and jibes. Guddu and Bablu force the dead groom's father to withdraw the case. Initially, they refuse, but when Guddu hangs the brother-in-law from the balcony, he agrees to withdraw the case. Rati Shankar, an old rival of Tripathi, sends a man to kill Munna. Munna survives and kills the man. Rati's son Sharad suggests his father take revenge when Tripathi isn't at Mirzapur.
3"Wafadar"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
A generation-old rivalry between Kaleen Bhaiya, his father, and Rati Shankar is rekindled. Sharad refuses to join his father Rati Shankar's business. J.P. Yadav demands election funds from Kaleen Bhaiya so he meets Lala to ask for an extra supply of Resham (opium) and on the way back gets ambushed by Rati Shankar's assassins. He captures two of the assassins and questions them. He gets to know Rati Shankar is targeting his family. Kaleen Bhaiya/Tripathi gives control of his gun ring to Guddu and Bablu asking them to expand it. Tripathi's wife, Beena, has sex with someone other than Tripathi.
4"Virginity"Gurmeet Singh and Karan AnshumanPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Beena has sex with the house servant, Raja. The principal of the college asks Golu to stand for the upcoming college elections as Munna is very violent. After refusing Munna's approaches, Sweety asks Guddu out on a date. Munna gets Guddu steroids for bodybuilding through the compounder, who is loyal to Munna. After Munna expresses that he wishes to take over Mirzapur as soon as his father lets him. The compounder offers to even kill Tripathi. Although Munna is initially angry, he considers it. Guddu and Bablu kill for the first time (a reference to the title).
5"Bhaukaal"Karan Anshuman and Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Munna takes a cut in an opium deal without his father's consent. Guddu and Bablu hatch an ambitious plan to increase the gun trade, but for this, both the cops and criminals of Mirzapur must cooperate. Guddu tells Sweety that he is a gangster. Lawyer Pandit writes frequent letters to the chief minister regarding the matters at Mirzapur. Guddu and Bablu sell drugs through eunuchs. Violence in the city shoots up and the gun sales also increase impressing Tripathi. The state capital sends an SSP Maurya to Mirzapur to control the violence.
6"Barfi Barrageari"Gurmeet Singh and Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
A meet-up of the mafia heads of Purvanchal (Kaleen Bhaiya, Rati Shankar, and others) and their political patron (J.P. Yadav) masquerading as a Holi party ends up in a fracas which threatens to transform all equations. J.P. Yadav, feeling insulted at the hands of Kaleen and Munna Bhaiya, offers to help Rati Shankar gain control of Mirzapur if he can provide him with funds for elections.
7"Lions of Mirzapur"Gurmeet Singh and Karan AnshumanPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Maurya's special team, composed of honest officers, ambush Guddu and Bablu, but they escape. Kaleen Bhaiya, instructs both of them to go underground for a while. Compounder shows his true friendship to Munna by trying to kill Tripathi when Munna asked him but he fails. When Kaleen Bhaiya confronts Munna, he kills Compounder, without his wish, in front of his father so that the latter does not discover his lies. He feels sad and depressed for some days.
8"Tandav"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Guddu and Bablu go to Jaunpur to meet a party. The party reveals to be Shukla, the enemy of Tripathi. He asks the boys to join him. After refusing, a fight begins where Guddu shoots Shukla. This news goes to the ears of Tripathi who becomes furious that the boys did not consult him before shooting. Meanwhile, Guddu marries Sweety and the day after the wedding takes part in a bodybuilding competition. Maurya arrests the eunuchs for selling drugs. Munna then tries to frame Guddu for the attack on his father. Tripathi thus causes Guddu to lose the competition. Guddu becomes aggressive on stage. Tripathi hands over a gun to Munna, Munna then says that now it is time for "Tandav" and he will rule as from now.
9"Yogya"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna, and Karan Anshuman16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Golu wins the election. The family goes to Dimpy's friend's wedding, who turns out to be Lala's daughter. Sweety is pregnant and Guddu shows side effects because of steroids intake. Munna, on the pretext of wanting to congratulate Golu, finds out through the principal that Golu is gone to Gorakhpur for the wedding. In Gorakhpur Sweety reveals that she is pregnant to cheer up Guddu, who is still depressed after Mr. Pehelvan loss. On the other hand, police beat the eunuchs to disclose who the brothers work for. Parsuram informs Kaleen Bhaiya about Maurya interrogating the eunuchs. Kaleen Bhaiya cryptically remarks to Maqbool that fear in the minds of the people is diminishing and needs to be replenished. Back in Gorakhpur, Guddu is inside the wedding restroom and finally realizes the beautiful life he is about to have, as he is going to become a father. He smiles for the first time since his wedding and washes his face aware of the reality. He even in excitement decided to mimick carrying a baby and decides to leave the bathroom, unaware of the tragic fate, that is going to dawn upon his life. Munna hijacks the wedding and kills the groom. Munna then proceeds to kill Sweety, after which a helpless and badly injured Guddu(who gets shot by Munna multiple times) watches and is in complete shock after realizing that his dreams of becoming a father are now very much over. Munna then proceeded to kill Bablu too, despite Guddu's plees. He first waits for Guddu and Golu to look at him, then proceeds to shoot Bablu straight in the head with his shotgun. A shocked Guddu And Golu watch in horror and cry helplessly. Meanwhile, Munna's friends are just laughing. Tripathi's father gets to know about Beena and Raja's affair and blackmails Beena to have sex with him and later to cut Raja's penis off. Guddu instructs Golu how to use a gun and tells her to shoot Munna, she misses it but the bride's father's bodyguards aim at Munna. People manage to run from the wedding place, including Golu, Guddu, and Dimpy. Tripathi kills the last member of Maurya's team in front of him and reminds him of his place. In the ending scene, Munna is shown to take his gun to fight back; Beena looks for a gun; Sharad is shown shaving his head and remembering that his father wanted Mirzapur. The season ends in a cliffhanger.

Season 2[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Dhenkul"Mihir Desai and Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
Munna and Guddu have nightmares of being killed by each other. The Chief Minister reprimands his brother JP Yadav for the wedding massacre. Dimpy, Golu, and Guddu have gone underground in a guesthouse in the middle of jungles. They battle a policeman and his aides, who wishes to kill Guddu and earn his reward from Kaleen Bhaiya and Golu stabs the policeman to death. JP Yadav wants to punish Munna for the wedding massacre by putting him behind bars and gives Kaleen Bhaiya 24 hours to hand him over. Shaken by Sweety's death, Parsuram ask Maurya for help, but Maurya says that he has lost his courage. Bauji stalks an unwell Beena. Lala bides his time with Yousuf, who urges him to take revenge. Sharad becomes the Don of Jaunpur, and Kaleen Bhaiya worries he might attack any moment.
2"Khargosh"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
Guddu and Golu get initial help from an ambulance driver and leave the guesthouse. Later, they get assistance from Babur to get supplies for guns and ammunition, who happens to be Maqbool's nephew. Kaleen bhaiya skips JP and goes directly to the CM, where he sacrifices Lalit as the 'khargosh' (rabbit, a sacrificial animal) for the killings done in the wedding by Munna so that the police can show that they caught and eliminated the perpetrators. Munna gatecrashes Rati Shankar's prayer ceremony and asks Sharad to hand over Jaunpur. Sharad declares the old enmity over and says that as the new generation they start a new relationship and swears loyalty to Munna by killing Yousuf in front of him, who wanted to kill Munna. Golu, Guddu, and Dimpy visit their families in Mirzapur. Kaleen bhaiya puts Maurya on his payroll to allow the uncontrolled flow of kattas (homemade illegal Guns).
3"Viklaang Quota"Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
Akhanda consults a doctor about his issues in bed. Dimpy asks Shabnam to let Guddu talk to Lala once, and they later pair up as Guddu promises profit to trade of Lala in return for his help. Guddu gets people to sell opium without informing Kaleen Bhaiya, thereby cutting him off. Beena announces her pregnancy, lying to Bauji that it is his child. Dimpy is off to Lucknow, in her hostel Guddu bhaiya meets Robin, and decides to invest his money with Robin, who he meets in Lucknow. Dimpy gives Bablu's diary to Golu. Munna arranges an attack at Lala's but Guddu deals with it, sending back the attacker's teeth with his "resignation" letter to the Tripathi's. The doctor gives Kaleen Bhaiyas's report, which says he has a low sperm count, to Beena. Ramakant tries, in vain, to find a witness from the wedding who will testify against Munna.
4"Bhaymukt"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
For the first time, Golu and Guddu grieve over the death of their family. Beena manipulates Bauji and gets Raja back into the house. Munna begins the rallies with the widowed daughter of the CM, Madhuri for a crime-free (Bhaymukt) Purvanchal. The pair later gets high together. Guddu slowly gets back to full health. Beena tells Raja that her child is his. Guddu finds Robin in Dimpy's room where he claims to be helping her with her studies. Golu meets a Bihari, Shatrughan Tyagi when she goes to Robin for investing the money. Kaleen bhaiya finds out about Guddu's opium distribution. A meeting with the opium distributors is called and Sharad convinces Kaleen Bhaiya to take a cut of the profits from the distributors instead of the usual middleman cut. Sharad Shukla and Munna share a bottle of wine, and in excitement, decide to capture Guddu. Sharad, posing as a buyer, sets up a meeting with Guddu which results in a barroom brawl between Sharad, Munna, and Guddu and they escape with small injuries.
5"Langda"Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
Kaleen bhaiya is furious at Munna and Sharad. Munna informs Maqbool that Babar is working for Guddu. Munna connects the Tripathi's with the Tyagi family. Beena visits her maternal home but sees Guddu and Golu. The three begin to work together to bring the Tripathi down. The viewers are introduced to the Tyagi family. Munna hooks up with Madhuri. Golu learns about the Tripathi's families internal issues from Bablu's diary which is later confirmed by Beena. Guddu is winning the hearts of the rural people by trashing criminals. Golu asks Robin to connect her with Shatrughan Tyagi. Shabnam goes on a date with Guddu. Maqbool takes care of Babur for his betrayal. Beena informs Guddu and Golu that all the Tripathi men and most of their security are away at the final election rally and Guddu and Golu enter Mirzapur under the cover of darkness.
6"Ankush"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)

Guddu and Golu destroy Tripathi's gun factory.

Kaleen Bhaiya turns the destroyed factory into a selling point for the CM's crime-free UP campaign. Robin tries to get closer to Dimpy. Kaleen Bhaiya convinces Munna to marry Madhuri. Mrs. Pandit is concerned about Dimpy and they both share the grief of Bablu's death. Ramakant finds a witness to the wedding massacre and also an ally in his fight, Mr. Maruya, who gets close to Tripathi's so they do not harm him and his family. Raja, under the order of Beena, finds Babar tied up at Maqbools place and sets him free. Guddu wants to get govt. allotted Poppy fields to have an independent supply of opium collaborates with JP, who is mad at his brother for getting close to Akhanda and wants to be CM. Munna and Madhuri marry and on the wedding night, Munna tells Madhuri that he does not want her and that the marriage is just for namesake. Madhuri tells him that if there is no love, there will not be any sex. CM wins the election and appoints Kaleen Bhaiya as Commerce and Industry minister, much to protest of JP. Guddu and Golu meet with the Tyagi family but Dadda Tyagi refuses to deal in drugs, although Shatrughan was interested.
7"Ood Bilaav"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
Guddu and Golu convince Shatrughan to sell opium in Siwan without Dadda’s permission. Whereas Sharad and Munna finalize the gun deal with Bharat. Guddu’s attempt to become the Don of Balia leads to collateral damage. Sharad and JP plan a coup. Munna argues with Kaleen bhaiya for the throne of Mirzapur. Dadda Tyagi found opium in his town and tries to figure out the culprit. Shabnam and Guddu grew closer so as Robin and Dimpy. On the other hand, while returning from the office, CM met with an accident. Guddu finds that the doctor is killed by the local goon.
8"Chauchak"Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
After the CM’s death, JP becomes the new CM-elect and waits for swearing-in. Munna comforts Madhuri. Maurya figures out Sharad’s involvement in the CM’s death and tries to blackmail him but failed. PA Anand tells Madhuri JP's involvement in CM's death. And Kaleen bhaiya plans to take down JP as he’s not going to support him. JP gives the police the go-ahead to take down Munna. Maurya and Ramakant protect their witness. Guddu and Golu plan, with Beena, to take Mirzapur once Munna is arrested. JP’s night of debauchery with his PA Zarina leads to his downfall. which throws a spanner in everyone’s plans.
9"Butterscotch"Mihir DesaiPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)
Beena gives birth to a boy and is worried about the safety of the child. It was revealed that Zarina and Kaleen bhaiya planned the downfall of JP with certain conditions. Madhuri becomes the CM and thrashes Kaleen bhaiya's plans as she already found his true colors. Lala is unhappy with Guddu’s closeness to Shabnam. After seeing Guddu and Shabnam in an intimate moment, Golu has rough sex with Shatrughan. Munna disposes of Ramakant's witness. Maurya is frustrated with constant setbacks and decides to meet with the IG. Robin meets Ramakant who blesses his union with Dimpy with certain conditions. Munna shoots Babar in his own house and commits a major blunder by killing Maqbool's mother in the process. Kaleen bhaiya and Bauji confront Maqbool at his mother’s funeral. Finally, Maqbool seeks revenge from the Tripathi's.
10"King of Mirzapur"Gurmeet SinghPuneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna23 October 2020 (2020-10-23)

Maqbool holds Bauji at the gunpoint. Beena seeks the opportunity and exacts her revenge by killing Bauji. Munna’s newfound power through Madhuri leads him to make a drastic confrontation with Akhandanand. Daddas meeting with Mama, Shatrughan, and Bharat ends in a bloodbath killing Mama and Bharat When Dadda orders Bharat to finish Golu off. Maurya and Ramakant arrest Guddu where Maurya tricks Ramakant to encounter a defenseless Guddu. Ramakant has no choice to shoot Maurya and confront his own beliefs.

Raja attacks Munna and falsely revealed that it was Kaleen bhaiya who sent to kill him. Munna informed Sharad that he’s going to kill Kaleen bhaiya. Sharad looks to bring his plan to a conclusion. Guddu and Golu attack Kaleen and Munna at the cremation ground while Sharad is watching. Finally Guddu and Golu Takes Revenge on Munna and Badly wounded Kaleen bhaiya. While Guddu fights with Sharad's men, Sharad escapes with Kaleen bhaiya. In the post-credits, it was seen that actually, it was Shatrughan who is alive and poses as Bharat. And Guddu finally sits on the throne of Mirzapur.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In August 2016, Amazon Studios collaborated with Excel Entertainment to produce their first two Indian original series for the platform, with one of them titled Inside Edge (2017), which is based on sports,[11] and a crime-thriller series,[12] in order to extend it service in the country, ahead of the launch of Amazon Prime Video in India on December 2016.[13][14] In March 2017, the makers announced about the crime drama series which is set in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. Rithesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, said that the series is loosely based on the Netflix series Narcos.[11][15]

Karan Anshuman created the series, who also wrote the script with Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna, and directed the series along with Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai. In an interview with Devarsi Ghosh of Scroll.in, Anshuman stated that he has been a big fan of the Hinterland western genre, and also watched films such as Omkara (2006) and Gangs of Wasseypur series, however, due to the restrictions in the medium, the genre cannot be possible in cinema, as it demands extreme violence and brutality. He added "We had this idea for a gangster drama, and I felt that the best way to do it in India was to set it in the hinterlands, in the back of beyond. We [co-writers Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna] had access to a lot of stories based on our research, but we wanted to create a world that was hyper-real and amped up. We created a world of violence where even the nicest person would own a gun and could pull the trigger if the need arose. But the characters and their relationships are emotional. All the characters are heroes in their own arc, so everyone will find someone to relate to."[16]

In March 2020, the makers announced for a third instalment in the series, with its pre-production work being underway.[citation needed] Amazon Prime Video, officially announced for a third season on 12 November 2020.[17]

Casting[edit]

The series revolves around the principal character Pankaj Tripathi who plays the role of Akhandanad Tripathi (Kaleen Bhayya), a mafia boss and millionaire carpet exporter. In a 30-second teaser released on October 2018, it features clip largely comprises shots from a factory in Mirzapur where guns are manufactured in the garb of carpets, and Kaleen Bhayya is behind this illegal business.[18] Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey appears in other principal roles alongside with Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Anshuman stated that the characters in the series are real, but the world they are in is larger than life, similar to the worlds of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.[16] He eventually conceived that the characters Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu (Vikrant Massey), were inspired two real boys who rode a bike and went around terrorising the town.[16] He further added Guddu's character was inspired from a bodybuilder's look.[16]

In an interview published on an online portal on February 2020, Vikrant Massey revealed that the makers of the series had kept him in dark about his character's demise, till the day of the shoot. Reportedly, Vikrant Massey's character Vinay Pandit (Bablu) was brutally murdered in the climax of season 1. He exclaimed that the makers had kept his death under the wraps to reportedly make the audiences more curious about his character. However his character did not have a cameo appearance in the second season. Although Shriya's character Swaragini Gupta Pandit (Sweety), had a cameo appearance in the second season.[citation needed]

The second season has the recurring cast from the first one with Sharad Shukla, Vijay Varma, Isha Talwar, Lilliput, Anjum Sharma, Priyanshu Painyuli, Anangsha Biswas and Neha Sargam, joined the new addition to the cast.[19]

Filming[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Filming of first season began on 27 September 2017, with the badminton sequence was the first scene to be shot.[20] Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi joined the sets in Varanasi on 30 September.[21] The story is set in Mirzapur and Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, but however the story is fictionalised and was not based on real Mirzapur.[16] The primary locations for the shooting of the series included Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Lucknow, Raebareli, Gorakhpur, and Varanasi. The show makers have taken areal shots of the Ganga river in Uttar Pradesh, and Another important location for the series was the Badohi district.[citation needed] Shooting of the series got wrapped up on June 2018.

Season 2[edit]

Post the announcement of the second season in February 2019, the makers kickstarted shoot on May 2019.[22] In a report from BoxOfficeIndia, it was revealed that shooting of the series was done majorly in Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, the shoot of the film started from Lucknow and it was mostly shot in the extensions of the city. The series was also shot in Benaras and some other parts of the state.[citation needed] The makers wrapped the shooting of the series on October 2019.[23]

Release[edit]

A 30-second teaser of Mirzapur, which features the voiceover of Pankaj Tripathi was released on 2 October 2018.[24][18] Another teaser trailer featuring Ali Fazal's character was unveiled on 11 October 2018.[25] The first poster of Mirzapur was released on 16 October 2018,[26] and the following day, the makers released the official trailer of the series on 17 October.[27][28] Mirzapur was screened the Mumbai Film Festival, with the first two episodes were premiered on 27 October 2018 at PVR Versova in Mumbai, which was the one and only screening of the Prime Original during the festival run.[29] The first season of the series aired on Amazon Prime Video on 16 October 2018, through Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.[30][31]

Mirzapur was screened at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour held in Los Angeles on February 2019,[32] where the makers officially announced the second season of the series, along with seven original contents from India.[32] On 16 November 2019, coinciding the anniversary of the first season,[3] the makers shared the sneak peek of the second season,[33] which eventually announced for a release on March 2020.[34] But the release was further delayed, as post-production works came to a halt due to COVID-19 pandemic.[35] On 24 August 2020,[36] the makers announced for a scheduled release on 23 October 2020.[37][38][39] The trailer was released on 7 October 2020.[40][41]

Ahead of the release, fans erected huge cut-outs across eight cities in Uttar Pradesh.[42] Mirzapur: Season 2's first two episodes was premiered through Amazon Prime Video on 22 October 2020,[43] a day ahead of its scheduled premiere,[44] and rest of the episodes were released on 23 October.[45] Although, the second season eventually released with the original Hindi language,[citation needed] the makers released the dubbed Tamil and Telugu version on 11 December 2020.[46]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Mirzapur: Season 1 eventually received positive response from audiences, whereas critics gave mixed reviews to the series. Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times, gave two out of five and stated "Mirzapur doesn’t aim high, and yet it fails to hit its target. A more mature approach to the violence and a more focused plot would greatly benefit the second season, were there to be one."[47] Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express claimed that "The nine-part series, with almost hour-long episodes, is a tedious watch, and even its top-notch cast can’t save this mammoth show from sinking."[48] Saraswati Datar from The News Minute reviewed "A brilliant cast of actors led by Pankaj Tripathi is let down by an inconsistent script and indulgent direction."[49] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave two out of five two the series, and stated "Barring a couple of sequences in the first two episodes, Mirzapur never finds a way out of the drably pedestrian."[50] Stutee Ghosh from The Quint gave two-and-a-half out of five stars and stated "Mirzapur runs out of steam early on and never truly recovers, but it does have one saving grace."[51]

In a positive note Nandini Ramanth of Scroll.in stated "The violence in Mirzapur is nearly always gratuitous in its operatics, but Pankaj Tripathi’s nuanced and hugely enjoyable performance is among the grace notes."[52] Rahul Desai of Film Companion rated it three-out-of-five stars and stated "Featuring some of Hindi cinema’s most talented actors, it’s no surprise that the performances paper over awkward cracks in the narrative balance."[53] Umesh Punwani of Koimoi gave four out of five stars saying "What makes it different is the portion of entertainment and thrills attached with every episode."[54]

Season 2[edit]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV, gave two-and-a-half out of five stars and stated ""One key difference between the two seasons is in the pacing of the narrative. Season 2, as expected, fires on all cylinders, but in an infinitely more controlled manner. The language continues to be gratingly coarse. However, the scenes of violence, even when they are fervidly excessive, aren't delivered merely to boost the shock quotient as was often the case in S1."[55] Udita Jhunjhunwala from Firstpost reviewed the series, giving three out of five stars and stated "Season 2 ends with what we have come to expect when a game of thrones is afoot – some will die, some will live, and the show will go on."[56]

Ronak Kotecha of The Times of India rated the series three-and-a-half out of five stars and wrote "'Mirzapur’ 2’ has that ‘killer’ combination of power and politics that largely works, but is not bulletproof to flaws."[57] Jyothi Sharma Bawa of Hindustan Times reviewed "For a show that revels in throwing references at you, here is one that Mirzapur 2 offers us right in the beginning – a scorpion with a sting in its tale."[58] Rohit Vats of News18 gave two-and-a-half to the series stating "In Mirzapur 2, Ali Fazal and Pankaj Tripathi are unflinchingly staring at each other amid a barrage of bullets with a commitment to make all this look bizarrely satisfying."[59]

Nandini Ramanath of Scroll. in reviewed "Mirzapur 2 might have not felt the need to invent new characters to ramp up the intrigue. These fresh entrants deliver enough scheming and maneuvering to last 10 episodes, but the show’s writers, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna aren’t done yet. Like a Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise that stretches on unto eternity, a time-bound story revolving around revenge for fresh wounds is threatening to evolve into a saga that will persist for a few more seasons."[60] Mughda Kapoor of Daily News and Analysis, rated three-and-a-half out of five to the show stating "Living up to the expectations of delivering an action-packed, fierce, and intense season, ‘Mirzapur 2’ surely makes for a great watch."[61]

In contrast, Ektaa Malik from The Indian Express gave two out of five stars and stated "Mirzapur season two doesn’t yet fall into the category of ‘its soo bad that its good,’ nor does it fit into the ‘guilty pleasure’ slot."[62] Saraswati Datar of The News Minute stated "The episodes, which start off at a brisk pace, slow down mid-way through the season. Yet this enviable ensemble of actors, who are undoubtedly some of the best in the business today, strive hard to stay invested and keep the proceedings going."[63]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2019 iReel Awards Best Drama Series Mirzapur Nominated [64][65]
Best Actor – Drama Pankaj Tripathi Won
Best Supporting Actress Rasika Dugal Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Divyendu Sharma Won

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