Netflix Killer Soup Review: One day, Swathi (Konkona Sen Sharma) hopes to learn how to make the delectable mutton paya soup. In addition to working as a nurse at a nearby hospital in Mainjur, a fictional hill station that is supposedly close to Madurai, she has been married to Prabhakar Shetty (Manoj Bajpayee) and has been pursuing her lifelong dream of opening a restaurant.
The black sheep brother of the local mafia boss Arvind Shetty (a wonderfully foul-mouthed Sayaji Shinde) is Prabhakar, or Prabhu as Swathi refers to him. It is established in a snappy opening scene that Prabhu and Swathi are passing each other on the downhill of their twenty-year marriage. He has embezzled thirty crore rupees from his brother for a doomed business venture. In an attempt to conceal his theft from him, he is pleading with him to invest in another scheme, which he is desperate to sell.
It is revealed that, in the meantime, Prabhu’s masseuse, Umesh (played by Bajpayee, who has a squint in his left eye), and Swathi are having an affair. Desperately in love with Swathi, Umesh bears a resemblance to Prabhu, but only Arvind and, eventually, Swathi notice.
Abhishek Chaubey’s Killer Soup (co-created with Unaiza Merchant, Harshad Nalwade, and Anant Tripathi) has a weird quality to it, akin to a Coen brothers adaptation of a pulp novel. First-time offenders’ awkwardness serves as fuel for the dark comedy, as some learn how skilled they can be in it.
The show’s opening scene, which spans eight episodes and more than seven hours, is accompanied by Offenbach’s Barcarolle, a symphony that is diametrically opposed to Tamil Nadu’s undulating hills. The characters on the show refer to each other falsely when they call each other “babe” or “jaan.”
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These characters most likely grew up watching movies where they heard people of similar social status use similar terms. Similar to how, in a time when calling your father “Pitaji,” a wealthy daughter of a certain era would waltz into a room and yell “Daddy!” The majority of the main characters in Killer Soup appear to be acting while conversing with one another.
Nobody is especially content with where they are in the world; everyone always wants more. These beings, like most of us, are wired to go overboard. And that’s when the soup really gets bad.