Anurag Kashyap’s name can invariably be synonymous with the desi gangster genre in India. And it feels like the makers of Mirzapur have adapted his narrative style without none of his ornateness. Mirzapur is ready in a very washed up Kashyap universe that's making an attempt too arduous to please longtime Kashyap loyalists.
The story of Mirzapur is a few native drug lord Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) whose son Munna (Divyendu) is trying too arduous to require his place, however, lacks any of his diplomatic or criminal skills. His position is at risk when two native boys Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu (Vikrant Massey) beat him up to their own surprise.
Just in the initial episodes, we are told that there's nobody that we will root for. One could be a bad guy and also the others are competing to be worse. This is often not essentially a foul factor but the plan falters as we are left with no character to carry on to. Even for stories with antagonists as the lead, the audience wants a hero. The hero could be a bad guy but to create a compelling purpose, a hero is of utmost importance (Case in point: Netflix’s Sacred Games where Gaitonde with success becomes the hero while being a negative character).
Mirzapur’s world is the kind that we've visited ever typically in Kashyap’s films. So, it comes as no surprise when innocent bystanders are left handicapped or dead. The show tries to surprise the audience with some anti-climactic twists in a very few scenes however you'll already see them coming back.
As far as the performances are concerned, Pankaj Tripathi is captivating. Tripathi has made a name for himself for creating memorable characters and he is no different here. Ali Fazal comes as a surprise in the first few episodes but his character does not seem to have any loyalties. From aspiring to be like Munna to threatening him in front of his drug lord father, he flips so swiftly that one wonders in confusion. Vikrant Massey plays the innocent docile boy and we are hoping that his character will find a direction in the upcoming episodes. Divyendu is given a big responsibility but much like his over-zealous character, his work feels over the top.
Amazon Prime Video has antecedently tried to ascertain their domain with shows like Inside Edge and Breathe however they're yet to make a show that would provide stiff competition to Netflix’s Sacred Games.