A Simple Murder (TV Series) - Intro
Can the snuffing out of a life ever be simple? Right from the title to the treatment, this crime-caper-cash-chase nails the serio-comic tone it wants to achieve, with smarts.
The characters fit right in, in this seven-part web series, directed by Sachin Pathak. Manish (Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub) is the kind of guy who thinks his start-up success is always around the corner; his impatient wife (Priya Anand) wants a quick buck, or million, and doesn’t care what she has to do to that end.
A young couple (Ankur Pandey and Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat) is on the run, fearing for their life: she, the daughter of a furious Jat neta, him a Muslim. Whoa. A pundit (Yashpal Sharma) with a nifty ‘supari’ side-business has a string of contract killers on call: a madly-in-love-with-his-‘mashooka’ Amit Sial, and a bearded, leather-jacketed Sushant Singh, stir things up, and it’s all very enjoyable.
Quite often, storylines which keep their characters on the move, with one trying to out-smart the other, sink because of a pacing problem. Except for a prolonged sequence when a bumptious cop (Gopal Dutt) and his mouthy sidekick (Vikram Kochhar) waste time at a murder scene, and a bit character who uses the same dialogue runs out of steam, the rest of it whooshes by nicely.
So we get a rising body-count, shiny-grimy West Delhi Dwarka-Janakpuri-Mayapuri locations– a grungy watering-hole where would-be assassins meet, perchance, a hotel where you can hire ladies of the night for a bit of S&M, a junkyard where the carcasses of cars and humans get the same treatment, and a bag stuffed with pink notes which keeps changing hands. The writers display flair and imagination, and that’s more than half the battle won.
A Simple Murder (TV Series) - Season 1 - Trailer
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