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A Simple Murder review: This dark comedy about greed is interesting and funny

Release Date: 20 Nov 2020

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Keyur Seta

Directed by Sachin Pathak, the seven-episode series boasts fine performances from a talented cast.

Director Sachin Pathak’s SonyLIV mini-series A Simple Murder is a dark comedy that keeps you hooked and entertained till the end. It achieves this result because it gets its basics right in terms of the main plot. The story is layered and features a large number of characters whose lives are interconnected. 

A Simple Murder is the story of a couple, Manish (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) and Richa (Priya Anand), from Delhi. They were madly in love when they tied the knot four years ago, but Richa now believes Manish is a loser, who can’t give her the good life. Hence, bickering constantly occurs. 

Meanwhile, Pandit ji (Yashpal Sharma), a priest who is actually a gangster, receives the contract to kill a young girl, Priya (Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat). He decides to hand over the task to his henchman (Sushant Singh). But the assignment is mistakenly handed over to Manish. 

But Manish ends up killing another woman, who happened to be the girlfriend of the seasoned criminal Santosh (Amit Sial). If this wasn’t enough, Manish also steals a huge sum from her house. Now, Santosh is hellbent on finding the culprit and retrieving the money. But he isn’t the only one who is after Manish. 

Amit Sial

A Simple Murder takes you into a world where none of the main characters is nice. It is a perfect show describing the Kalyug epoch where greed and lust for wealth possess everyone. It also deals with the issues of ‘honour-killings’ and ‘love jihad.’ 

However, the web-series is by no means a serious affair. A Simple Murder attempts to find humour in even in the smallest of situations. The show's brand of humour, however, is subtle and doesn't veer into the slapstick. Pathak's firm grip ensures that the show doesn't go off the rails. 

Writers Akhilesh Jaiswal and Prateek Payodhi deserve credit for the complex storytelling. At one point in the second half, however, things become too chaotic. Hence, you are forced to revisit earlier scenes to gain clarity. Also, the climax isn’t as exciting and funny as one would expect. 

Sushant Singh

A Simple Murder has a long list of cast members and each one plays their part in making the final product palatable. Ayyub showcases his talent by playing a loser who is eager to improve his lot in life. He switches between being vulnerable and daring at the snap of a finger.

Anand returns to the Hindi arena with this show. Her character’s greedy nature is consistent throughout. Singh once again reminds us why he is considered one of the most talented actors around. 

Sial has been seen playing important characters across digital platforms these days and he is brilliant in all of them. Sharma also impresses despite not having a lengthy role, as do Vikram Kochhar, Gopal Datt and Ayaz Khan. 

A Simple Murder is streaming on SonyLIV


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