New Amazon Prime web series Mirzapur turns out to be Anurag Kashyap’s not-so-prime offering

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When you talk Anurag Kashyap and the local gangster clan, it’s obvious that you should expect rustic and crude mannerisms and a plot that dwells on the dark world underneath lurking in the shadows.

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Source: The Digital Hash

That’s exactly what Amazon Prime’s latest series Mirzapur is set to offer, yet if you are a die hard fan of the Kashyap genre, you would be fairly disappointed. Mirzapur very much houses the glorious protege and the Godman, the docile young boy and would seem like another flamboyant offering on paper, but a loosely woven plot and a laidback style of writing seems to undo all the elements incorporated into the show which had all the potential of being the next big thing on the web.

A local drug lord Kaleen Bhaiyya (Pankaj Tripathi)’s good-for-nothing son Munna is beaten up by two local boys Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu (Vikrant Massey) as all the characters inducted into the plot (and the various inherent subplots) competes to be worse than the other. However, things go haywire when the audience are treated to a bit too familiar climaxes and with no particular antagonist to root for among the lot, the narrative falls flat.

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Source: The Indian Express

The star cast seems stellar, the performances put in are also decent and Pankaj Tripathi shines throughout as the henchman; yet if you would be yearning for the trademark Anurag Kashyap gore and the dynamics that he otherwise seamlessly incorporates into his films, then Mirzapur is definitely not the place to tread for you.


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