Pankaj Tripathi, responding to Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel’s demand for action against the namesake show, has said that he’s merely an actor, and has reminded everyone that the show is fictional. Mirzapur returned for a second season on Amazon Prime Video on October 23.
The MP had prior to now slammed its portrayal of the Uttar Pradesh town as a hotbed of vice and violence. In a tweet, she said that the town used to be actually ‘a centre of concord’.
Pankaj, who plays the gangster Kaleen bhaiya in the show, told DNA in an interview, “There’s a disclaimer that comes before each episode which reads that Mirzapur is a fictional story and does not have any relation to an individual and/or place. I am an actor and I wouldn’t have much to say on this beyond what I have stated.” He added, “Having said that, I wish to add that in ‘Mirzapur’ series, whether there are criminals, there’s also a hero by the name Ramakanth Pandit (Rajesh Tailang), who wants to do good for the city.”
मिर्ज़ापुर ज़िले की सांसद होने के नाते मेरी माँग है कि इसकी जाँच होनी चाहिए और इसके विरुद्ध कार्यवाही होनी चाहिए @PrakashJavdekar @narendramodi @myogiadityanath
— Anupriya Patel (@AnupriyaSPatel) October 24, 2020
In a separate incident, Hindi crime author Surendra Mohan Pathak has claimed that his book, Dhabba, has been misrepresented in the show, and has threatened Amazon Prime with legitimate action, demanding the sequence be removed.
The writer has alleged that a scene shows actor Kulbhushan Kharbanda (as Satyananad Tripathi) reading Dhabba, but the satisfied that he’s shown reading isn’t the “original text of Dhabba”. The writer added, “To the contrary, what is being read is sheer porno, the undersigned cannot even dream of writing, supposedly to titillate the viewers. But in the process, the whole sequence is shown as an excerpt from my novel Dhabba, which amounts to mischievous misrepresentation.”
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Mirzapur also stars Ali Fazal, Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi Sharma and Rasika Dugal, among others. Hindustan Times’ mixed review of season two famous, “Whether Mirzapur used to be an awkward teenager keen to make an impression in the big boys’ club, Mirzapur season 2 is a middle-aged man who is burdened by everything he has seen. Where Mirzapur waltzed in, Mirzapur 2 treads cautiously. Whether Mirzapur revelled in sensationalising sex and violence, Mirzapur 2 knows that you’re already invested at midnight, dark world of the Amazon Prime series. It is here to come up with your fix.”
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