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A Simple Murder Movie Review: This Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Starrer Is Engaging In Parts

Here's our review for A Simple Murder starring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sushant Singh, Amit Sial and Priya Anand and directed by Sachin Pathak

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A Simple Murder Movie Review: This Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Starrer Is Engaging In Parts

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 honorably. 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 specially 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 is 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. 

I will go with 2.5 stars.

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