MUMABI: The actor shared the first look of the movie on his Twitter page.
Sharing it, Siddiqui tweeted:”#McMafia being my first International Web Series has come out really amazing. All Thanx to Director #JamesWatkins
The series has been created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins.
British actor James Norton, Aleksey Serebryakov, Maria Shukshina, Faye Marsay, Juliet Rylance are part of the series.
The release date of the series is still not known.
Like the best crime dramas, McMafia weaves an intricate web of familial obligations in the backdrop of shocking insouciance towards bloodshed. “I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” Godman says at a crucial moment, as his willful ignorance begins to clash with the unpleasant truth of the roots of his privilege.
McMafia is best when it describes the changing nature of organised crime. Eager to protect his family from Vadim, Godman seeks the help of an Israeli investor, Semiyon Kleiman (David Strathairn), who has his own beef with the gangster. “These fights are not fought on the street,” Kleiman tells Godman. “They are fought in boardrooms.”
What unravels is a transnational money laundering scheme aimed at bleeding Vadim dry. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the Mumbai ganglord who will help Kleiman and Godman by exposing Vadim’s contacts and getting his drugs confiscated at the port. Siddiqui is his usual best, even if the effect of his delivery is lost somewhat in the English dialogue. He has had little to do thus far, but thankfully his is not a blink-and-miss part.
McMafia works because it ably segues the seedy underbelly of crime with the smoother financial transactions that underpin it. In one scene, Godman is asked if he is a gangster and he replies, “No, banker.” The look on his face and the tone of the show indicate that the difference between the two may not be as big as expected.
What McMafia also does is expose the other side of financial malfeasance, the one separate from Wall Street churning out instruments no one understood. Here, the crime is simpler to understand, but more far-reaching. Predictably, the Russian embassy in London has already issued a protest against the show, but no one watching it will doubt the far-reaching arm of the state.