Mirzapur is an Indian crime thriller web television series on Amazon Prime Video produced by Excel Entertainment. 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 corruption, governance and rule of mafia dons and the rivalry and crime prevailing in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh. Its season 1 consists of 9 episodes in total.
Mirzapur is a tale of trigger-happy gangsters with sharp minds and dry humour, where loyalties change in a flash and cold cash rules. Violence is an everyday occurrence where complete and utter dominance is the goal. Politicians, cops, lawyers, and mafia lords are involved in a complex web of relationships and rivalries.
Akhandanand Tripathi, also known as ‘Kaleen Bhaiya’, is a millionaire carpet exporter and the don of the city of Mirzapur, which lies in the hinterland, a lawless belt of Purvanchal in eastern India. Mirzapur is the most coveted seat of power in the region. The ruthless Tripathis have been the unchallenged rulers of Mirzapur since Satyananda Tripathi, Akhandanand’s father, took the reins of the city twenty years ago in a bloody uprising.
Munna Tripathi, Akhandanand’s son, is power hungry and will not stop at anything to inherit his father’s legacy, an empire built on illegal gun trade and opium smuggling. But his own father believes him unready for seat.
Guddu and Bablu Pandit are the sons of the city’s only righteous and upstanding lawyer and activist, Ramakant Pandit. Guddu and Bablu aspire for a better life, that breaks the drudgery of middle-class living, while Ramakant crusades to take on the mighty Tripathis.
An unrelated incident, involving Munna at a wedding procession, ignites a series of events entangling the lives of the Tripathis and the Pandits. This sets off a game of ambition, power, loyalty and greed, eventually threatening the control of the Tripathis’s on Mirzapur.
If you like Narcos and Sacred Games on Netflix then this is the best Indian content show produced by Amazone. This is a decent response from Amazon to Netflix for their Sacred Games series. It’s not exactly the similar storyline. But it’s the similar level of brutality, violence, twists, and turns that makes it gripping tale of Mirzapur. While this is not based strictly on any history or facts but it shows the possibility of ugly governance and rule of mafia dons and their rivalries and nasty crimes. While comparisons to Gangs of Wasseypur and Sacred Games are expected, Mirzapur stands out on its own.
It’s one hell of a tv show which will give you goose bumps and develops characters throughout the show. Direction, story-writing and acting all are brilliant. It really captures the horrific and brutal scenes well. It made me feel for the characters on both sides. Every aspect of these series is raw, nasty and extremely violent and yet it is awesome! You have to see the series to believe it. Extremely well pictured and will keep you at the edge of your seat.
Pankaj Tripathi as Kaleen Bhaiya is the clear star of the show. Gripping performances by him is the heart and soul of the series. Apart from him Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi have also done a tremendous work. Divyendu Sharma as Munna Tripathi was a surprise element and he has also done justice to his character. There are several new faces who have done excellent acting like Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur and well known seasoned actor Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Make no mistake, this is an “Adult” crime thriller, so if you can’t handle the violence, sex, and language don’t watch it and don’t complain if you do! For the others, this is a really smart, well-written, and brilliantly acted series. The one thing about such shows is that you can’t just watch one episode. Its intoxicating, you will immediately find yourself yearning for more. And as soon as you complete season 1, chances are you’ll be googling whether and when next season will release.
My Rating : 5/5
Please note: that these series is a work of art and the fictional characters does not necessarily reflect the true state of any affairs in that region depicted in the series or anywhere else for that matter in the country. Viewer discretion is advised. Not suitable for family viewing.