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A Simple Murder Review: Dark Humour Rules in Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub-Priya Anand’s Web Series With Terrific Turns From Sushant Singh and Amit Sial!

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A Simple Murder Review: Despite the title, there is nothing simple about the ‘murder’ or the plot narrative of A Simple Murder, the new web-series on SonyLIV. Directed by Sachin Pathak of Rangbaaz fame, A Simple Murder is a black comedy featuring a down-on-luck protagonist, his opportunistic wife, two hitmen, and a inter-religious couple on the men. Not to mention, the titular ‘murder’ that brings all these assorted characters running either from each other, or after each other. A Simple Murder Trailer: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sushant Singh And Amit Sial Promise A Hilarious Ride In This Dark Thriller

If a rat is the reason that half the universe owes in existence shown in Avengers: Endgame, then the same beast is also responsible for the turn in fortunes for Manish (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub). A wannabe entrepreneur heavily in debt and not much luck, he is married to Richa (Priya Anand), who is now tired of this marriage and is having a covert affair with her married boss, an aptly named Rahul (Ayaz Khan), who oblivious to her, is cheating on her too.

Due to misleading circumstances caused by the aforementioned rat, Manish goes to what he think is an investor meeting but it turns out to be something else. He is mistaken to be a contract killer and is assigned by Pandit (Yashpal Sharma), a powerbroker, to kill a young girl. In greed for more money, Manish decides to go ahead with the task, only for Fate to play more twisted games in his life, and bringing two hitmen, Santosh (Amit Sial) and Himmat (Sushant Singh) chasing after him. And yes, there is also a bag of Rs 5 crores that everyone wants to put their hands on.

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A Simple Murder is a very twisted Fargo-like affair, that brings one surprising development after another. Every main character, save for a young couple (Ankur Pandey and Tejasvi Singh), is duplicitous in nature, keeping things rolling with their unpredictable actions (though, after some time, the backstabbing, betrayals and even the killings do become a tad repetitive). Major characters get killed way before the final episode. It feels a little damper when the narrative becomes a little serious from the sixth episode onwards, though, but the unpredictability still fuels the going-ons.

The writing (Akhilesh Jaiswal, Prateek Payodhi) has some sparkling nuggets of black humour, especially when it brings together two or more unexpected characters in unexpected circumstances. Like when Pandit tries to get hold of his two targets in an ATM (one deliberate, one unexpected), resulting in a hilarious standoff. Or any scene involving the terrific Sushant Singh or the brilliant Amit Sial.

The performances also help in making A Simple Murder an engaging watch. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, a fine actor, does complete justice to his first series as the main lead (he has a supporting role in Rangbaaz). While he handles the black humour portions well, Ayyub’s performance in the teary monologue he shares with a rat needs to be singled out. Fantastic there!

Another standout performance in the show is Amit Sial, as the cold-blooded assassin with a penchant for mouthing shayaris. An absolutely underrated talent, Amit Sial steals every scene he is in with his cool demeanor and underplaying his act till it needs to be explosive. Speaking of underrated, it is not easy to ignore Sushant Singh, who is fabulous as the more humane hitman. OTT Releases Of The Week: Raat Baaki Hai On ZEE5, Manne Number 13 On Amazon Prime, Holiday Home Makeover With Mr Christmas On Netflix And More.

Yashpal Sharma has some witty lines and often ends up offering chuckles with his act, despite being one of the villains. Vikram Kochhar and Gopal Datt are good as the two cops on the track of the series of crimes. Special mention must also be given to Durgesh Kumar, who plays a migrant waiter Shanker. He is a riot in every scene he is in.

The only slight aberration in the cast is that of Priya Anand. While she has a very unpredictable and twisted character, her performance lacks the conviction to pull off the role, not helped by the fact that she is in a roster with some terrific actors.

PS (with little SPOILER): While Twitter is buzzing with Madhya Pradesh wanting to push law on Love Jihad, it feels a bizarre coincidence that one of the plotlines of A Simple Murder is a Hindu girl eloping with a Muslim guy. Perhaps the makers want to have fun at the expense of the RW trolls, what with the Pandit, who puts a hit on the girl, seen to be religious man, while the guy, while going on a disguise in burkha, suggesting the girl to convert to Islam for her safety, an idea she promptly brushes away. Yet, the show depicts them as the most innocuous of all the characters, because they are bound by Love.

Yay!

– The Cast

– The Unpredictable Screenplay with Enough Black Humour

Nay!

– Narrative Becomes Repetitive After a Point

– Priya Anand’s Performance Feels Lacking

Final Thoughts

A Simple Murder comes across as a pleasant, easily engaging watch if you do love black comic thrillers, with fine turns from Ayyub, Sushant Singh and Amit Sial. A Simple Murder is streaming on SonyLIV.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 19, 2020 12:01 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Drew Barrymore Opens Up About Her Love for Cooking, Says ‘It Is Both Ritualistic and Romantic’

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Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore says cooking is very important to her, ritualistic and romantically. “Cooking is something very near and dear to my heart and important to me and ritualistic and romantic. One of the ways I self-educated myself growing up, because I didn’t go to school, was I became a reader, a voracious reader,” Barrymore told IANS. “After I had children I basically stopped reading, anyone who has children knows why, and the thing I transferred to was cookbooks, and I became a voracious cookbook collector. Drew Barrymore Opens Up on Divorce from Will Kopelman, Says ‘It Felt like Everything Was Just Wrong’

I average about 2 or 3 cookbooks a week. I fell in love with the art of sitting down on a couch with a cookbook and in about 20 minutes you can really dive in and sometimes as a working mother that is an insane task to accomplish. Life is so busy and so full that it’s hard to take time for yourself,” she added. At the moment, she is busy with “The Drew Barrymore Show”, which she hosts and backs as producer. The show brings forward positive stories, humour along with celebrity guest interviews. Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler Reboot 50 First Dates for a Funny Pandemic Parody (Watch Video)

“I have a lot of different interests. It’s why I really loved directing because I could go to work and think about the music I loved or casting, production design, editing, writing, art, literature, travel, wonderment, imagination, comedy, chemistry, romance. I could put it all into this one job. And this is exactly what a talk show has the opportunity to do and we can incorporate all of them into the show like cookbook club,” she said. “The Drew Barrymore Show” airs on Zee Cafe in India.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 01, 2020 12:57 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Anushka Sharma Nails the Shirshasana Pose but It Is Virat Kohli Who Should Get the Credit (View Pic)

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Anushka Sharma Nails the Shirshasana Pose but It Is Virat Kohli Who Should Get the Credit (View Pic)

Anushka Sharma has been enjoying her pregnancy days so far and has inspired many other pregnant women with her busy yet inspiring journey. The actress is making sure she takes care of herself during this period and has not let the pregnancy come in the way of her fitness. The actress is an avid fan of yoga and is making sure she practices her favourite asanas even now. Anushka Sharma Shares Cute Pics with Her Doggo While Practising Oil Pulling! Know More About Kavala or Gundusha, Types of Beneficial Oils and Benefits of the Ancient Ayurvedic Practice.

The actress nailed one of the most difficult asanas that are there. Anushka posted a picture while performing the Shirshasana pose on her social media and we think she did a great job! She captioned the picture as, “This exercise is ‘hands-down’ (and legs up) the most difficult one 🤓 #throwback” and went on to talk about how she has been practising yoga after talking to her doctor and is enjoying it more than ever.

What’s even more adorable about the picture is that we see Anushka’s hubby Virat Kohli helping her while she does the pose. Anushka mentioned him in her post as well. Anushka Sharma and Natasa Stankovic Wore the Same Black Polka-Dotted Dress During Pregnancy and Internet’s Obsessed With It.

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On the work front, Anushka has been very peppy while working on different projects. As for her hubby, he is currently in Australia for the ongoing Australia-India cricket series. He will be returning to India very soon as he had been granted paternity leave.

Virat and Anushka dropped the pregnancy news in August with a cute post. She posted a picture showing her belly and wrote, “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021.”

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 01, 2020 12:37 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Gauahar Khan To Marry Zaid Darbar On December 25, The Bigg Boss 7 Winner Confirms (View Pics)

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Gauahar Khan To Marry Zaid Darbar On December 25, The Bigg Boss 7 Winner Confirms (View Pics)

Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar will officially exchange ‘I Do’s on Christmas. Yes, the couple is getting married on December 25. The actress and Bigg Boss 7 winner confirmed the same on her Instagram account with a beautiful note. The picture she shared of the two is also absolutely majestic. In a long caption, the actress writes how the year has been anything but ordinary and now the couple is embarking on a forever journey. Gauahar Khan Engaged to Zaid Darbar! 7 Mushy Pictures of the Lovebirds That Prove They’re a Match Made in Heaven

The pictures Gauahar shared are exquisite. She wore a very colourful lehenga while Zaid was seen in a dhoti waist-coat avatar. The pictures will make you think of your wedding and maybe make you plan yours too.

A few weeks back Gauahar has shared yet another picture announcing to the world that she is engaged to Zaid. Many celebs flooded her post with congratulatory messages and many sounded pleasantly surprised at the news as well. Their couple pictures are really sweet and amazing. We are pretty sure on the wedding day both would look exceptionally good.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 01, 2020 12:25 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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