Country Mafia isn’t going to get a second chance thanks to a small group of decent actors that don’t have enough to be able to.
There’s a scene that is violent in the Zee5’s Country Mafia which serves as a perfect symbol of the story. Babban played by the hilariously humorous Ravi Kishan, is able to surprise his guests. There’s no drink or discussion, but a person who is half-buried in the ground. This is clearly a brutal ruse as a way to warn enemies to stay away from him. Babban is seen standing up, he approaches the victim, and cuts his throat while verbally abusing him without a care. It’s a scene that’s more gimmicky than actually relevant and is re-enacted in the show with the sort of absurdity that makes it seem like more theater than real life. This is a problem that repeats throughout a show that has the inclination to make a show of it instead of being a breath of air through their characters. There is nothing, besides the setting, is authentic in this dull and loud version of Mirzapur which can’t be able to create anything more than noise.
Country Mafia is the tale of two siblings Ajay and Nannu, who are performed by Jamtara’s Anshuman Pushkar and Nannu performed by the voice of Soundarya Sharma. They both dream to become IAS officers and even becoming IAS officers – Ajay even has a romantic relationship once however their lives turn upside down when their father is brutally killed at the hands of the city’s infamous alcohol baron, Babban. As the majority of heartland villains are they are sly with a foul mouth and violent and self-righteous. He dances and swears with an intensity that I wondered if Kishan might have been a perfect casting option for some of the streaming’s most entertaining shows that focus on the noir and crime scenes of India’s remote parts. Babban is clearly in a relationship with the politicians and is even a godman (a good cast, but largely unutilized Satish Kaushik in the role of Mahant).
The siblings embark on criminality to get revenge on their father. Their mother is performed by Anita Raj, quite incredibly is their most enthusiastic cheerleader. In one scene, when an officer from the neighborhood raids their home, she stares at her children, longingly, to hide guns under books intended to be studied. It’s an iconic scene. However, when it is portrayed by inexperienced actors and bad directions, it comes off as a bit hammy and deaf to the sound of deep. Country Mafia is a shady story that is akin to the numerous stories of the rise of the gangster that we’ve been through a dozen times before but at the very least, in the premise, there is a smell of subtlety. The problem is that absolutely none of the characters aside from Kishan is up to the challenge.
From poorly lit scenes to bizarre musical interludes and jarring transitions, to awfully enacted sequences, Country Mafia is a disaster. It doesn’t grasp all kinds of things in its short 30 minutes of episodes, however, it doesn’t go into depth enough. There’s a lot of trauma and grief present however, you don’t really experience it. There’s plenty of gore and violence on display however it never gets into your blood. The entire experience is flat to the point where it seems like a retro-styled rerun of a show that may be from a few decades ago. A rerun of Mr. Bean If you’re looking for one but with lots of noisy, unprofessional acting and uninspiring macho humor.
An argument must be made for Pushkar whose credibility as the protagonist of the hinterland stories is beginning to erode him. He also attempts to appear to be the only human being with an unspoken inner life. His character is definitely the one that the writers have crafted and it is apparent in his reticence and the way he pursues his own personal goal. Compared to the other siblings and the mother are extremely offbeat, and is unable to express emotion without speaking and smiling. Pushkar however, is consistently dissatisfied with the material before him. The artificiality of the situation is a jarring reminder that the majority of the actors aren’t really capable of playing the roles they’re trying to portray along with the superficial grit which is the middle of a show that insists on shouting incoherent bile instead of creating something that is worth watching as a quiet background are all fake notes.
Country Mafia could be a sign that despite the advantages of reliable formulas it is still necessary to have an inkling of faith and most importantly, a clear vision of the future, in order to pull off something. There is no doubt that the possibility of a masterpiece being created there, but at a minimum, the most basic of culinary decisions and execution could have been perfected to the point that it was appropriate for streaming, but not overwhelming. Country Mafia is, instead, too sloppy, boring, and poorly put together, and isn’t able to be salvaged even by the determined Pushkar or the evergreen Satish Kaushik. There are many stars that don’t coincide with this show which is a bit of a humiliating mistake.