There is something about the long-form storytelling that makes it highly addictive and ever-reliable. But, for it to work well, the most important ingredient, perhaps even more important than the story itself, are characters. That’s precisely where the charm of the long-form storytelling comes into play. We are talking about an entire gamut of interesting characters fully capable of being developed further and further, as and when required, episode after episode, season after season.
Therefore, one or two good characters aren’t enough. To understand this better let’s look at the first season of ‘Mirzapur’ which introduced a bunch of fascinating characters viz. Kaleen Bhaiya, Guddu Pandit, Munna Tripathi, Bablu Pandit, Beena Tripathi, Parshuram Gupta, Ramakant Pandit, Rati Shankar Shukla, and Sweety Gupta, Maqbool Khan, Golu Gupta, and Lala, among others. Out of these, Bablu, Rati, and Sweety couldn’t make it past the first season. All of them appeared to be important characters but the makers used their sudden deaths as a clever plot device to deliver high shock value, not unlike ‘Game of Thrones’.
It paved the way for the perfect cliffhanger ending. Now, the creators Karan Anshuman and Puneet Krishna could afford to take the chance as they already had an array of colourful characters, to begin with. Also, they were well aware that they could always introduce new characters or promote a secondary character to the lead in the subsequent seasons. This is all elementary stuff but unless the basics are sorted it’s very difficult to get a hold over the narrative. Fortunately, Karan and Puneet have been up to the task.
As a result, ‘Mirzapur 2’ serves as a far better example of long-form storytelling than the first season. While the first season merely served as a pastiche of sorts of the filmmaking style of Anurag Kashyap, the second season is far more mature and cerebral at various levels—albeit misunderstood. Ironically, as a result, the set of audiences that loved ‘Mirzapur’ is cribbing about ‘Mirzapur 2’. And, those viewers who didn’t like the first season much are appreciating the thought and maturity that has gone into making the second season.
Apparently, India is still quite new when it comes to multi-season series that can keep the viewers engaged one year after the other. Even the vast majority of viewers aren’t mature enough. As a result, there is a very high probability that they will fail to appreciate the complexities of longform storytelling for the most part. For example, a lot of diehard fans of‘Mirzapur’ are complaining about new subplots and characters that have been introduced in the second season. But, after a point, it becomes almost mandatory to spread open the narrative. How the first season ended it was essential to add new characters and subplots. The long-form demands this. That’s precisely what made the likes of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ so compelling, season after season.
Also, the tonal shifts are just as important. Not every episode can deliver the thrills of ‘The Red Wedding’ or ‘Battle of the Bastards’. Now, Divyendu Sharma’s Munna was easily the best part of ‘Mirzapur’ and while Munna remains the most colourful character in ‘Mirzapur 2’ as well, it is Ali Fazal’s Guddu that impresses the most. Guddu was a flamboyant character in the first season but given how badly things end for him in the season finale, the character was expected to undergo a major transformation. And Ali is up to the challenge. The body language and intensity, coupled with pain and longing in the eyes, are just right for this new Guddu whose only aim in life is to avenge the deaths of his wife and brother.
Ali shares interesting chemistry with Shweta Tripathi Sharma(who essays the part of his late wife Sweety’s sister Golu) and Shernavaz Jijina (who plays Lala’s daughter Shabnam). As for Divyendu, he gets to share some intimate moments with Isha Talwar who essays the part of CM Surya Pratap’s widowed daughter Madhuri—the character is a great introduction to the Mirzapur universe. Has Munna finally met his match? ‘Mirzapur 2’ a l s o introduces us to Dadda Tyagi (played by Lilliput) who holds the key to illegal trade in Bihar (yes, the plot is also expanding geographically). Vijay Varma essays plays his twin sons Bharat and Shatrughan. These three characters have some key interactions with Munna, Guddu, and Golu. A post-credits scene in ‘Mirzapur 2’ opens up exciting possibilities.
A minor character from the first season that takes a center stage in the second season is Sharad Shukla (portrayed by Anjum Sharma). He keeps shifting his loyalties, sometimes working for the Tripathis, and, at other times, working against them. Surprisingly, it’s Pankaj Tripathi who proves to be a major disappointment this season. He just appears to be going through the motions. Thankfully, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, playing his crippled father, comes to the rescue. Every time he is on screen the show attains a different level of brilliance
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DEEPIKA PADUKONE DROPS AESTHETIC MONOCHROME PICTURE
NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone on Sunday treated her fans to an aesthetic monochrome picture of her that had a chiaroscuro effect on it.
Deepika took to her Instagram handle and shared the picture that featured her silhouette, while she stood behind translucent curtains. Though she did not write anything in the caption, she dropped a half-moon emoji there. Her husband and actor Ranveer Singh was blown away by his wife’s beauty and commented “Gorg” on her post.
Not just Ranveer, fans also showered love on Deepika’s photo, with many dropping heart, heart-eyes and fire emojis. “So beautiful ji,” one wrote, while another said, “You are heart.” A third one added, “Sunshine on the gloomy day.”
Meanwhile, on the film front, Deepika will be seen next in Shakun Batra’s yet-to-be-titled film.
The actor also has an impressive line-up of projects in the pipeline including ‘83’, ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Fighter’, ‘Sanki’, ‘Pathan’, and ‘K’, which is the Indian adaptation of Nancy Meyers’s 2015 hit Hollywood film ‘The Intern’, and will also feature megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
RANVEER SHARES LIGHT MOMENT WITH DHONI
MUMBAI: Superstar Ranveer Singh and former Indian national cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who are part of the All-Stars Football Club, were spotted playing football together at a stadium in Mumbai. After their gaming session, Ranveer took to his Instagram handle and posted a picture with Dhoni. The duo can be seen sitting on the ground and sharing a light moment. In his post, the actor showered love on MSD, indicating that how much he admires the legendary cricketer.
“Bade bhai ke charno mein hamesha. My Jaan,” Ranveer captioned the Instagram post. Ranveer, known to be a lover of sports, also posted a photograph with cricketer Shreyas Iyer, who took part in the match. The ‘Ram-Leela’ actor also heaped praise on Iyer as he wrote, “There was no other way to stop him (Shreyas).” Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranveer will be seen in a cricketer avatar in Kabir Khan’s ‘83’ film, which is based on India’s iconic win at the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
KANGANA GIVES GLIMPSE OF HER ‘DHAAKAD’ FIGHT
MUMBAI: Actor Kangana Ranaut is preparing hard for her role in the upcoming film ‘Dhaakad’. On Sunday, Kangana took to Instagram Story and posted a video of her rehearsing fight moves for ‘Dhaakad’.
“Ladako number 1, Baaghi ladki #Dhaakad rehearsals,” she captioned the clip.
For the unversed, Kangana is currently in Budapest for the above-mentioned movie, which is being helmed by Razneesh Ghai.
Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta are also a part of ‘Dhaakad’, which is based on issues like child trafficking and crimes against women. Apart from ‘Dhaakad’, Kangana will also be seen in ‘’Thalaivi’ — based on the life of late politician Jayalalithaa.
PRIYA BAPAT STARRER CITY OF DREAMS SEASON 2 TRAILER RELEASED
The trailer for the much-awaited City of Dreams season 2 starring Priya Bapat is out and the series will release on July 30. The Priya Bapat starrer City of Dreams Season One was a runaway hit and was one of the finest web series from India. Priya Bapat played a girl who went from being a housewife to be a leader and she portrayed that with absolute conviction. It was directed by decorated director Nagesh Kukoonoor.
Season 2 will see a see-saw battle of power between Priya Bapat and Atul Kulkarni from the looks of the poster. The cast also includes Sachin Pilgaonkar, Sushant Singh, and Eijaz Khan. The trailer for Season 2 has been received with a rousing welcome and it goes on to show the kind of love season one garnered.
Priya Bapat spoke to The Daily Guardian and here is what she says, “It’s an intense show with some incredible performances. I am so happy, proud, and lucky to be doing such a project. A huge thanks to my director Nagesh Kukoonoor sir for placing his trust in me. The trailer for Season 2 is out now and the series would be coming on July 30 and I can’t contain my happiness”.
“The audience reaction and feedback for Season 1 have given me such validation and fulfillment as an actor. The satisfaction is huge. There are some seriously good actors in it and some legendary names. And it’s all like one happy family. The trailer has got some great feedback and it’s time for the show to come. Stay safe and much love to all,” she further added.
Priya Bapat made her debut with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. She is also remembered for her roles in Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai. Her role in Kaksparsh and Timepass 2 acclaimed her good response from critics.
AKSHAY REMEMBERS CAPT VIKRAM BATRA, SHARES THE TRAILER OF ‘SHERSHAAH’
NEW DELHI: The power-packed trailer of Sidharth Malhotra’s upcoming movie based on the life of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra was released on Sunday.
Sharing the trailer, superstar Akshay Kumar penned a heartfelt note in remembrance of the Kargil war hero.
Taking to his Instagram handle, Akshay shared the much-awaited trailer with his fans and followers. Sharing the video and praising Sidharth for playing the war hero, he wrote, “Shershaah Trailer. What possible tribute can a reel hero give to a real hero.” Continuing with the caption, the National-Award-winning actor further noted, “Except to say that your sacrifice inspired us for life, Param Vir Chakra Awardee Captain Vikram Batra!”
Akshay added that he had always felt honoured that he shares his birthday with the war hero that is- 9th September. “And now feel privileged to share the trailer of #Shershaah that will tell the story of your heroic sacrifice to millions of us. Jai hind!”, Akshay said.
‘Shershash’ is a true story of Kargil war hero, Captain Vikram Batra who died during the war in 1999. The movie has been helmed by Vishnu Varadhan while Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Shabbir Boxwala, Ajay Shah, and Himanshu Gandhi are producing the film. Kiara Advani who will be seen playing the love interest of Sidharth will portray Dimple Cheema in the film that will release on 12 August on Amazon Prime Video.
ANGAD BEDI, MOUNI ROY’S NEW SONG ‘BAITHE BAITHE’ TO RELEASE ON 28 JULY
MUMBAI : Actors Angad Bedi and Mouni Roy will be seen together in an upcoming music video titled ‘Baithe Baithe’.
Taking to Instagram, Angad shared that the new song will be out on July 28. He also unveiled the first poster of the song, wherein he and Mouni are seen dressed up in ethnic attires.
“Do you believe in love at first sight? Baithe Baithe releasing on 28th July 2021,” Angad wrote. ‘Baithe Baithe’ is sung by Stebin Ben, Danish Sabri and Aishwarya Pandit. Meet Bros have composed the love track.
Mouni has also shared the poster of the song on her Instagram handle. With the announcement, congratulatory messages and best wishes have poured in for the actors. “Congrats beauty,” actor Vidya Malwade commented.“Best of luck. Can’t wait to hear the song,” a fan commented.
On the film front, Mouni will be seen in ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘Bole Chudiya’. The details of Angad’s upcoming film and shows projects have not been announced yet.
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