Mirzya: Movie Review

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Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Screenplay: Gulzar

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy


I was drawn to Mirzya majorly, because of Gulzar! Because of Rakeysh Mehra! Because of the stunning trailer and the different melodies that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed! After all these reasons, I would have been okay even if the film did not have the so-called entertainment factor.

But Mirzya manages to go beyond with a lot of vacuum in the screenplay and gives us clichéd characters who hardly speak in the film. The stunning and extravagant canvas that the film has remains blank at the most important spaces!

It is an effort to showcase that a folk-tale like Mirza Sahibaan is not limited to particular era, but it keeps recurring, flowing and transitioning with the change of time, culture and geography. A girl torn between her family and her lover, a boy longing for his love staying in a stable, and a prince who’s about to get married to the girl. The meat ready to entertain the audience with the rocky, sandy and gorgeous backdrops!

Right at the start, it is established in the film that it is not about the story or the people in it, but it is about the eternality of certain basic elements like relationships and bonds! It is established with a criss-cross between two eras, one in current sandy desert of Rajasthan and another in and imaginary rocky and steel-grey desert.

The young couple does a fine job in both their roles but hardly get any lines to speak. As a result, we keep on expecting throughout the film that these people will start flowing, but they don’t! The only character that’s well-developed and executed spot-on is price Karan. You will resonate with him.

The other elements which create the canvas of Mirzya are extra-ordinary. The poetry, the locations, grandeur of the camera, extravagant sets, folksy yet classy songs! Just the man at the centre of all this seems to have banked entirely on these strong pillars and forgot to fill the room. What’s missing is the romance, relationships, friendship and camaraderie.

For all the strong pillars, I give Mirzya a generous 2 Shors out of 5.    

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