Mirzapur finds humour in an unusually light episode.
Mirzapur breaks away from the serious openings of the previous episodes and moves to a much lighter hour. The most important part of the humour is the problem of the idea of Ahandananda and the appearance of a new character who would become the main character of the series. Again, nothing special happens that can bring all parties together, except the confrontation at the climax, which opens Tripathy’s eyes.
It’s no secret that Ahnandananda had trouble getting pregnant from his wife Bina. This was recognised as such in the first episodes of the first season. This episode makes this arch only slightly harmless. A man of his calibre will proudly admit, for obvious reasons, that he suffers from a problem that led Tripathia to imagine McBull as a man with problems. This leads to humorous situations, although we have never experienced anything before.
As for the moving parts, Guddu tries to get the support of Lala, whose daughter’s marriage was destroyed when her future husband was shot in the ensuing shooting. In fact, now that his physical strength is in the gutter, Guddu has to rely a little on his brain. He cleverly tries to undermine Tripata’s drug trade by posing as alternative and cheaper suppliers, such as the Chinese, who break ties with the United States by supplying the same things at a lower price.
The problem with all this at this point is that there is no organic flow or jump from one story to another. One moment we look at Ramakant at his facility to get at least one witness, the next moment Bina and I struggle to stay away from the borders of a lusty stepfather. Writers understand that in order to set the story in motion, you have to move different characters together, but it’s not as organic as it should be.
The lack of a solid plot development also means that those responsible for the show have to rely on old technical elements to give the tree a touch. This leads to a climate confrontation: Only two members of Munna’s gang sneak up on Lala and try to kill him in vain, not knowing that Gudda is connected to him. Most of it is shot in a single shot, but for such a trivial series a long side-by-side shot is ingeniously used because it leaves the viewer unsatisfied, just like Ahandanand Bina leaves behind. Backstage technical skills are masterly developed, because the camera in the style of 1917 is smoothly transferred from the mountain to the crane, but in the order there are simply not enough bets to justify this method.
Robin’s performance of Priyanshu Pinewley is also mainly played for laughs, but this humorous comparison with the dark story of Robin’s mother ends with falling on her face. I see some promises about Robin and Goodoo in the future and Robin using his street wisdom to help Goodoo, but it is still too early to say if he is the main character of the show or a one-click pony (I bet on the first, but we’ll see). As a member of the audience it is nice to see Dimmy settle down in a dormitory and emerge from the gang war. Anyway, she never tried to get her hands dirty, like we saw in episode 1. Does that mean we will see much less Harsit Gaura this season – it’s also a waiting game.
The passage at the end, where Bina and Tripata both read the letters, also seems useless, because they look at unrelated messages. Maybe director Mihir Desai wanted to give the impression that Ahandanand is reading the wrong letter while the real letter has been prepared by his wife, but he has been mistranslated on the screen. Anyway, this sequence is crucial to help Tripat understand that Guddu is alive and wants revenge.
All in all, it was a relatively cool episode of Mirzapur compared to the high demands he had set on himself. However, the techniques flourish in abundance and are characterized by light humour and a strong revelation at the end, which should help advance part of the season picture.
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