Mirzapur (TV series)

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Mirzapur
Poster of Mirzapur 2018.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreCrime
Thriller
Action
Created by
Directed byKaran Anshuman
Gurmmeet Singh
StarringPankaj Tripathi
Ali Fazal
Vikrant Massey
Divyendu Sharma
Shweta Tripathi
Shriya Pilgaonkar
Rasika Dugal
Harshita Gaur
Amit Sial
Sheeba Chaddha
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Anangsha Biswas
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)Ritesh Sidhwani
Farhan Akhtar
Running time43-53 minutes
Production company(s)Excel Entertainment
Release
Original networkAmazon Video
Original release16 November 2018 (2018-11-16) –
present

Mirzapur is an Indian crime thriller web television series on Amazon Prime Video produced by Excel Entertainment.[1] The series is primarily shot in Mirzapur, with some shots in Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Lucknow and Gorakhpur. It revolves around drugs, guns and lawlessness. It depicts the putrescence, governance and rule of mafia dons and the rivalry and crime prevailing in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.[2] Its season 1 consists of 9 episodes in total.[3]

The series is Amazon Prime Video’s third fiction Indian Original after Inside Edge and Breathe. It stars Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur, Divyendu Sharma and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.[4][5][6]

Reception[edit]

It has received mixed reviews from critics. Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times, rating it 2/5, calls it "a needlessly violent Anurag Kashyap rip-off has the maturity of an ill-mannered teen - loud, obnoxious and aimless", saying it's "a show without a moral centre, which is problematic - not only ethically, but narratively. Without a single character to latch on to, the show is left with no option but to revel in the violence, which is often needlessly over-the-top."[7] Sampada Sharma of The Indian Express also considered it "a washed up Anurag Kashyap universe that is trying too hard to please longtime Kashyap loyalists" and that "the show tries to surprise the audience with some anti-climactic twists in a few scenes but you can already see them coming."[8] Ektaa Malik, also of The Indian Express, terms it "a tedious watch, and even its top-notch cast can’t save this mammoth show from sinking. The show creators wished to create a multi-layered, complex narrative, replete with backstories, but it all ends up in a big muddled heap. The relentless violence and gore doesn’t scare you, rather it makes you cringe. The abundant profanity doesn’t add to the story, it distracts you instead.The writers and show creators have tried to imbibe current socio-political and cultural references but nothing really stands out."[9] Saraswati Datar from The News Minute talks of a "brilliant cast of actors led by Pankaj Tripathi is let down by an inconsistent script and indulgent direction."[10] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rates it 2/5, and, while also highlighting the performances of Tripathi, Fazal and Massey, talks of the show as "a crime series that never ventures beyond familiar terrain. Its trite narrative template undermines its ambition to be the web's answer to Gangs of Wasseypur. With nothing to say, it inevitably flubs its lines."[11] Stutee Ghosh from The Quint gives it 2.5/5, also saying how the performances "save" a "weak drama."[12]

In a slightly more sympathetic tone, Rahul Desai of Film Campanion rates it 3.5/5, calling it "a choppy but fearless crime epic."[13]

On the other hand, Ketna Mistry of Biz Asia gives it 4/5.[14]

Cast[edit]

  • Pankaj Tripathi as Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya
  • Ali Fazal as Guddu Pandit
  • Vikrant Massey as Bablu Pandit
  • Amit Sial as Ram Sharan Maurya, Special Officer assigned to Mirzapur
  • Divyendu Sharma as Phoolchand Tripathi aka Munna Bhaiya
  • Shahnawaz Pradhan as Inspector Parshuram Gupta, Golu and Sweety's father
  • Rajesh Tailang as Ramakant Pandit, Guddu and Bablu's father
  • Sheeba Chaddha as Vasudha Pandit, Ramakant Pandit's wife
  • Shweta Tripathi as Gajgamini Gupta aka Golu Gupta
  • Shriya Pilgaonkar as Sweety Gupta and wife of Guddu
  • Rasika Dugal as Beena Tripathi, Kaleen Bhaiya’s second wife and Munna’s stepmother
  • Prashansa Sharma as Radhiya
  • Harshita Gaur as Dimpy Pandit, Guddu and Bablu’s sister
  • Shaji Chaudhary as Maqbool, Kaleen Bhaiya's trusted henchman
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Satyanand Tripathi, Kaleen Bhaiya’s father
  • Manu Rishi as Police IG Dubey
  • Mukesh Bhatt as Haseena
  • Abhishek Banerjee as Subodh aka Compounder
  • Shubrajyoti Bharat as Rati Shankar Shukla, Bahubali of Jaunpur
  • Anjum Sharma as Sharad Shukla, Rati Shankar's Son
  • Pramod Pathak as J.P. Yadav, political patron of Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya
  • Anil George as Lala, Supplier of Opium to Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya
  • Abutalha as Lion of Mirzapur
  • Santosh bhokare as Police Pandey
  • Aasif Khan as Babar
  • Ojie Mulato as Boy Kamot Pwet

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Jhandu"Karan Anshuman, Gurmmeet Singh and Nisha ChandraKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Munna Tripathi, son of powerful Akhandanand Tripathi known as Kaleen Bhaiyaa mistakenly shoots a groom while dancing. The groom's family takes the case to honest lawyer, Mr Pandit. Pandit has 3 children, Guddu, Bablu and Dimpy, all three study in the same college. Dimpy's close friend Sweety likes Guddu. When Munna gets to know about Pandit taking the case, he goes to Pandit's house to threaten him. When he refuses to comply, Munna points a gun at him. This leads to a fight where Guddu beats up Munna badly. Munna feels insulted and Tripathi calls the Pandit brothers to his place. The brothers get shocked when Tripathi offers them to work with him. Aside from this, Beena is the second wife of Akhandanad Tripathi but is not happy with her sex life.
2"Ghoda"Karan Anshuman, Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir DesaiKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
The brothers agree to work for Tripathi. They are given a bike and are sent to talk their father out of the case. Munna is angry with his father for not punishing Guddu and Bablu. Pandit refuses to listen to his sons and asks them to leave. It is revealed that Sweety has a nerdy sister, Golu, and that their father is a corrupt cop who takes bribes from Tripathi. Munna is interested in Sweety, who refuses him constanly. Guddu and Bablu force the dead groom's father to withdraw the case. Rati Shankar, an old rival of Tripathi, sends a man to kill Munna. Munna survives and kills the man.
3"Wafadar"Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 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 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"Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 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 body building 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 offer 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"Bhaukal"Karan Anshuman, Mihir Desai and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 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 capitol sends a police officer to Mirzapur to control the violence.
6"Barfi"Karan Anshuman, Mihir Desai and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 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"Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Guddu and Bablu have mixed up their private and professional lives as gangsters but are they going down a rabbit hole ?
8"Tandav"Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 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 to him before shooting. Meanwhile, Guddu marries Sweety and the day after the wedding, takes part in bodybuilding competition. Compounder shows his true friendship to Munna by trying to kill Tripathi when Munna asked him but he failed. Munna unwantedly kills Compounder in front of his father so that the latter does not discover his lies. He feels sad and depressed for some days. He 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's time for "Tandav" and he will rule as from now.
9"Yogya"Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet SinghKaran Anshuman, Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishnan16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Golu wins the election. The family goes to Dimpy's friend wedding. Sweety is pregnant and Guddu shows side effects because of steroids intake. Munna looks for the brothers everywhere to kill them. On the other hand, police beats the eunuchs to disclose who the brothers work for. Munna hijacks the wedding and kills Sweety, Bablu and injures Golu and Guddu. Tripathi kills the policemen somewhere else to keep maintaining his fear among people. 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. 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Move over Sacred Games, Mirzapur memes are now the rage". The Indian Express. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Decoding the women of Mirzapur: Why Vashudha, Golu and Beena stand out in the web series".
  3. ^ "Mirzapur: Amazon Prime Video reveals banner of upcoming series starring Shweta Tripathi, Ali Fazal". FirstPost. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Amazon's 'Mirzapur': A Formidable Kaleen Bhaiyya In New Poster". TheQuint. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Mirzapur Introduces Guddu Pandit In The New Teaser". Mid Day. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Mirzapur teaser: Pankaj Tripathi, as Kaleen Bhaiya, sounds menacing". Times Now. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ Rohan Naahar (17 November 2018), "Mirzapur review: Even Pankaj Tripathi can’t save Amazon’s hyper-violent Anurag Kashyap rip-off", Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  8. ^ Sampada Sharma (16 November 2018), "Mirzapur first impression: A washed-up Anurag Kashyap universe does not make for interesting drama", Indian Express. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  9. ^ Ektaa Malik (17 November 2018), "Mirzapur review: A tedious watch", The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  10. ^ Saraswati Datar (19 November 2018), "'Mirzapur' review: This Amazon Prime original gets you interested but leaves you wanting", The News Minute. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. ^ Saibal Chatterjee (17 November 2015), "Mirzapur Review: Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey And Ali Fazal Can't Inject Life Into This Dreary, Flabby Story", NDTV. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  12. ^ Stutee Ghosh (19 November 2018), "‘Mirzapur’ Review: Shining Performances Save Otherwise Weak Drama", The Quint. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  13. ^ Rahul Desai (13 November 2018), "Mirzapur Review: A Choppy But Fearless Crime Epic That Sways Between Movies And Madness", Film Companion. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  14. ^ Ketna Mistry (25 November 2018), "Digital review: ‘Mirzapur’", Biz Asia. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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