Cast – Harshvardhan Kapoor , Anuj Choudhary , Saiyami Kher
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Genre – Romance
Duration – 2 hours 10 minutes
Story – Mohnish/Aadil (Harshvardhan Kapoor) & Suchitra (Saiyami Kher) are schoolmates, who care deeply for each other. An untoward incident that occurs in their hometown, Jodhpur, separates both of them. After many years , their paths cross. But at this time , Suchitra is on the verge of getting married.
Review : Mirzya is inspired from the story of the Mirza-Sahiban, a popular folklore from Punjab. In this screen adaptation, the scenario plays out in Rajasthan, shot amazingly by cinematographer, Pawel Dyllus.
At the core of the story are Mohnish/Aadil and Suchitra , both got separated when a pre-teen boy is sent to a juvenile correction home for murder. Years later, Suchitra returns from London to marry Prince Karan (Anuj). By quirk of fate, she discovers her childhood friend Mohnish , who now calls himself Aadil . During her horse riding lessons, Suchitra discovers that there is still something between Aadil and her.
Very soon Aadil realises that if he has to win his childhood friend Suchitra’s heart , he has to cross swords with the Prince Karan and Suchitra’s father (Art Malik), who is hell-bent on her wedlock to royalty. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (also the director of Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), this musical drama , which has a melodious score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with additional tracks by Daler Mehndi, unfolds languidly in a Broadway style. Interspersing the present-day track with a periodic folklore, Mehra and Gulzar give viewers an engaging and lavish big screen experience.
Though it’s not a musical drama in the literal sense, the songs take the story forward in ballet style. The visuals of the chorus dancers dressed in bright Rajasthani costumes is breath-taking. The downside, though, is that the passion between the lead players doesn’t really set the screen ablaze. Also, there is absence of real conflict and suspense as the folklore is quite known.
Harshvardhan and Saiyami come from good acting stock. But they are still rough around the edges. Harshvardhan manages to give glimpses of his vulnerability and intensity as a performer. And, also his physical strength (that shirtless scene). While Saiyami, who withholds emotions in a few scenes, sparkles, Anuj Chaudhry makes an impressive debut. Art Malik does a great job amongst the supporting cast . Om Puri has a cameo in the movie but that doesn’t contribute much.
If you are a fan of stories that are high on aesthetics with lyrical narratives, Mirzya is a portrait that deserves a long look.
Our Ratings :
Direction – 3.5/5
Story – 3.5/5
Dialogues – 3.5/5
Music – 3.5/5
Visual Appeal – 4/5
Overall – 3.5/5
Mirzya First Day Box Office Collections –
Friday – 2.20Cr