#MirzapurTrailer: A saga of power, guns, drugs and violenceLast updated on Oct 24, 2018, 12:31 am
The trailer of Amazon Prime's new original series, 'Mirzapur' just dropped and we cannot contain our excitement.
The nine-episode show will release on November 16. The first season has been directed by Gurmmeet Singh and marks the second collaboration between executive producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. Notably, their first collaboration was 'Inside Edge' which met with mixed reviews.
We decode the 'Mirzapur' trailer.
Raise a little hell of your own
The trailer establishes the millionaire carpet exporter and fearsome don of Mirzapur, Akhandanand Tripathi or Kaleen Bhaiya, played by Pankaj Tripathi.
However, when his entitled power-hungry son, played by Divyendu Sharma, tries to prove his worth and run Mirzapur, he entangles with two brothers played by Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey.
This leads to a violent tussle that rocks the landscape of Mirzapur.
Fear is the heart of love
Tripathi's Kaleen Bhaiya inspires fear from the very beginning as we see how masses react to his presence.
His understanding of control shines through when he comments that people do not respect but fear him and he realizes the temporality of fear.
However, what is most notable is his narcissistic megalomania as he makes love to his wife under a giant portrait of himself.
You can have it all, this empire of dirt
While Tripathi struggles with certain 'performance' issues, he keeps his family and Mirzapur under tight control. However, his entitled son lusts for violence, power, and drug abuse.
It adds up to poor leadership qualities. When he tries to rule Mirzapur with his father's blessing, he exerts extreme force.
An unfortunate incident occurs when he threatens Fazal and Massey's family and gets beaten up.
The moment of truth in the trailer
After Tripathi's son, Munna bhaiya, takes a beating from the brothers, they confront don Tripathi himself.
A threat is issued against their family when Tripathi remarks if Munna goes over to their house and the brothers are not present, the family faces a potential risk.
Fazal's character boldly replies, Tripathi faces a potential risk too, of Munna never returning, if he revisits their home.
The new players in town
The brothers, Guddu and Bablu, shown in the trailer, step up to tearing Mirzapur apart from this moment of confrontation.
The next few cutscenes show extreme violence involving knives and guns as the brothers presumably wage war against don Tripathi.
Fazal's bloodlust is excellently portrayed as he remarks how he started down his violent road due to forced circumstances but found himself enjoying it.
Youth and violence
Loaded god complex, cock it and pull it
The trailer enmeshes itself in authenticity from the brothers' accents to the portrayal of violence among youth in India.
We catch a glimpse of how easy it is to step into violence and how young people are corrupted by it.
The sense of power is an immense ego boost and the young characters of 'Mirzapur' flock to assert their position by any means necessary.
Power flows from the barrel of a gun
The trailer promises an exploration of how fear is used to assert control and increase violence, leading to a regional destabilization.
One of the brothers, remarks that guns should not be used to increase fear, but the other way round.
There is dark humor in comparing the gun violence of Mirzapur to US, saying that everyone has guns for defense and offense.
Our expectations from the show
The trailer is tightly packed with exciting action sequences and promises a well-knit tale.
The story of two challengers stepping up to question a mafia don promises to be full of twists and turns to showcase the political and gangland turmoil racking Uttar Pradesh for the longest time.
The stellar acting and crisp dialogue have excited this writer who cannot wait to stream 'Mirzapur'.