Last year, Sakshi, the daughter of Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) MLA Rajesh Mishra, had released a video in the media after marrying her boyfriend Ajitesh, alleging that both of us are in danger of life from the father. The case was made of honor killing. The seven episodes’ webseries a simple murder start with this idea and become like jalebi with the stories of other characters. But there is no juice in it. Rats peep through the webs of the stories and scoff at the creativity of the writer-director. In the end, the chords of the time spoiled in the name of entertainment are left in your hands. A simple murder is neither a crime thriller nor a comedy.
You are disappointed here after watching great webseries like Sony Scam 1992 last month. This OTT is probably the weakest original series bringing stories like Gullak, Your Honor, Unseen and Blockage. In the series A Simple Murder, such as the American-British plays of the sixties and seventies of the last century, theater has a deep impact on the screen. Actors act as stage actors instead of screens. Background music also looks like a past. The pace of the series is very sluggish and the story does not tie before the last two episodes of Climax.
Producer Jar Pictures has more than one murder in A Simple Murder but not like Crime. Like comedy. The writer-director rides two boats and drowns them all. In the story pointing to honor killing, the MLA father gives a serial Pandit (Yashpal Sharma) betel nut to the daughter and her lover. Pandit gives this betel nut to the wrong man. The betel nut takes the wrong target. In this way, the second mistake after another gives rise to the third. This sequence goes on and you know that whatever is happening is wrong. By the time the writer-director also realizes his mistake, it is late. In a simple murder, in most places there is water instead of glue and the viewer is not able to stick to his place. Here, the humor is also not laughable, but it is of laughter type. In which the viewer does not know if he is laughing. This thriller-comedy Hath Aayeye But Mouth To Lage Lage is like that, if you see it, neither laughs nor thrills are there.
In the story, the lover of the Hindu MLA’s girl is a Muslim. Love jihad is gradually becoming a big issue in the country’s politics and it is a matter of fixing the provision of imprisonment for five years in a state. Some people are demanding to increase the punishment to ten. The series has a parallel track in the life of husband and wife, Manish (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) and Richa (Priya Anand), along with the main plot of murder betel nut. Manish Santoshi is a creature and is trying to make a living by starting his own startup. At the same time, Richa’s dream is to wear gold on the notes’ SEZ and wear the necklace of notes. Angry with Manish, Richa does not even let him come near her, but builds a relationship with her boss. Greed for money is the other end of the story. Apart from Manish, other characters do not desist from cheating each other in money and greed and in the ascending events there is a entry of two crore rupees bags. It is written in the scriptures that Lakshmi is fickle. Now the question is, in whose end will the Laxmi-bag going from one hand to the other hand hold it. Here the writer-director tried to create comedy from circumstances rather than characters and failed.
Due to the effect of theater on script and acting, a simple murder becomes more drama. In many places it seems that the director did not give freedom to the actors and made them work at his behest. Its worst effect has been seen on Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub. He is a good actor but despite being the lead here, he does not leave an impact in a single scene. This is what happened to Sushant Singh. Amit Sayal’s character is definitely fine but the actor who leaves a mark with his acting and dialogues is Gopal Dutt as Inspector. Since the events in the series often give the opposite result, gradually you start to feel the story ahead. The script’s sloppiness is the weakest link in A Simple Murder. If you like laughter and suspense-thrilling stories, then this webseries will be disappointing. But if you like the slow pace of the clock and do not have the intention to invest life in a right place, then you can easily kill your time here.