Book Review: Mumbai Confidential
I must confess that I have never reviewed any graphic novels before and was eagerly waiting for this book to arrive from the publishers. And I must confess again that I loved reading Mumbai Confidential. I would have read cover to cover in one sitting, if I did not have professional commitments.
Mumbai Confidential is a crime noir comic book series created by writer Saurav Mohapatra and artist Vivek Shinde set in (of course!) the Indian city of Mumbai. The hub of underworld crime, Mumbai has always been subjects of cult crime films like Satya. A generation of directors has milked this plot for years. It is just a coincidence that just a few weeks ago I was reading Byculla to Bangkok by S Hussain Zaidi, which again is a chronicle of the famed dons of Bombay.
The story revolves around Arjun Kadam who heads an encounter squad in the Mumbai police force. With a dark past and a mission, he easily fits the bill of a tragic hero. The storyline keeps juggling between the past and the present, the visuals changing from monochrome to colour. The sketches are lively and you feel a connect with the characters. The kaleidoscope of events immerse you in the tale, and in no time you realize you are at the climax of the page-turner.
A perfect film material, this crime noir set in the 1980s/90s almost fits as a storyboard for a director to adapt on screen. One cannot empathise enough with Arjun, and by the end of the novel, you feel a tinge of sadness tugging at your heartstrings.
If you want a break from reading political biographies or hunky-dory romantic novels, pick up the paperback version of this 2013 crime novel from your nearest bookstore.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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