With no better option left, the couple in this fair-to-fine series Manish and Richa typify the can’t-do-without-can’t-do-with type of relationship where sparks fly and bullets roar. After a while their shouting bouts a drowned in drivel. No matter how many times this hotheaded couple is torn apart by circumstances (read: screenwriters, and there are two of them here), Manish and Richa cannot let by-guns be by-guns. To our amusement they are constantly at each other’s throat, with guns drawn. Bhai, nozzle na lag jaye! This is a couple with greed guiding them into a ruinous self-destructive relationship.
As Manish and Richa, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Priya Anand bring a dash of chutzpah to the table. Ms Anand looks pretty in close-ups, of which she gets plenty. There is another pair of love birds in the series who are on the run from the girl’s powerful politician papa. Honour killing, anyone? I must say the killings in A Simple Murder are undertaken honourably. The violence is interestingly staged and one chase and shootout in a Cineplex is an instant classic. Made me wonder why the narrative squanders away time in superfluous banter which includes lyrics from songs thrown between two murderous ruffians, in a mood of lethal playfulness.
The aforementioned ruffians are played by Amit Sial and Sushant Singh. Both masters of their craft, they infuse their characters and situations in the plot with a purpose and an energy beyond what it deserves. Sial is especially superb with his raucous mix of ruthlessness and mischief. If there is a next season, I want to see much more of Sial and Singh.
Gopal Singh as a cop who may not be as corrupt as he seems, does a rare thing with his character: he turns a stereotypical Simmba into something more. Yashpal Sharma as a gangster moonlighting as a goodman is also very funny even when he knocking down victims with ill-concealed glee. But the glistening surface some of the performances is weighed down by what lies underneath. Attempts to be sharp and alert are successful only to a point. After a while it falls apart. The midriff sags and the grand finale is so clumsily staged it negates almost every good thing that crops up in the plot once in a while.