That ‘A Simple Murder’ is quirky is evident from its title, which suggests as if the act of taking a life can be a simple affair. This dark comedy is a seven-part series and has an eclectic set of actors playing eccentric characters. Directed by Sachin Pathak, the series is about a guy who wants to make his start-up succeed but lands up in a hilariously troubled situation due to bad luck. He has a greedy wife who wants to make a fortune in any way possible and will never pass up an opportunity to make a quick buck.
The mix of characters includes a young couple that has eloped and a pundit who runs a gang of hitmen, among other characters. This unusual set of characters are portrayed by a set of talented and experienced actors such as Mohd. Zeeshan, Priya Anand and Sushant Singh.
The show moves from being centred around the ambitious start-up guy and his money-minded wife to the characters they will come across through the course of the show, such as the professional hitman played by Amit Sial. As a hitman, Sial is ruthless and unemotional, getting the job done with precision. The comedy of errors gets rolling when the lead character runs into the pundit and is mistaken as a hitman by the kingpin of contract killers.
Despite having no experience as a murderer, the start-up owner gets involved with the gang and plans a simple murder for the sake of money. While the series of events in the episode keeps the audience glued to the edge of their seats, the unfolding of the events looks irrelevant and ridiculous by the final episode.
The episodes finally end up being all about people cheating each other for personal motives. Although there always seems to be a possibility of something interesting happening in the series, the episodes feel too long sometimes with unnecessary events. Written brilliantly, the series still manages to keep the audience intrigued but the comedy falls flat in certain areas.
As the lead actor, Mohd. Zeeshan is a revelation as he plays the grey shades of his character to perfection. The supporting characters, played by the talented Sushant Singh and Amit Sial, are portrayed brilliantly. The series has an array of female characters who look unnoticeable in a male-dominated show but still manage to lend some freshness to the plot and enthral the audience with their performances. The characters of the series surprise viewers pleasantly and unexpectedly.
In conclusion, A Simple Murder benefits from a talented cast and brilliant direction. The show is well worth a weekend watch, particularly for those who enjoy dark comedy.