Claps For: Performances, Direction, Music, Lyrics, Cinematography and Visual Effects
Slaps For: Predictable Story, and Dragged second half
What’s New: Debut of a star-kid minus a “heroic” character!
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: “Hota Hai, Ishq Mein Aksar Hota Hai...Chot Kahin Lagti Hai Jaa Kar, Zakhm Kahin Par Hota Hai”
A little homework prank in school by Monish and Suchitra costs their friendship years of separation with the little boy ending up in jail for murdering a professor. While Monish manages to run away from the jail and finds home in the village of farriers, Suchitra finds love in a young prince from a royal family. Things take a turn when their paths cross once again.
What follows next is history repeating itself with an epic tale of love, passion, betrayal with Suchi and her ‘Mirzya’- just like the tragic folklore of Mirza Sahiban.
Performances: Star kids are known to make their Bollywood debuts in a similar manner- a filmy character who romances the heroine with oodles of charm, dances like Jackson, beats the goons to pulp and mouths heroic seeti-maar dialogues! But just like the tag line of ‘Mirzya’ that reads “Dare To Love”, lead actor Harshvardhan Kapoor says “Dare To Be Different”.
The young lad underplays his role and delivers an honest and natural performance as Monish/Adil. He is confident; he is in his character and never goes over-the-top. Going by this performance, it would be easy to say that the new Kapoor in B-town no more needs to be called as “Anil Kapoor’s son” and belongs more to the breed of “unconventional” actors than the conventional ones. However, I would love to watch him prove me wrong.
Saiyami Kher looks gorgeous on-screen and walks shoulder-to-shoulder with Kapoor. Filled with vivacious charm, and innocence of the girl-next-door, she plays the perfect “Sahiban” to her ‘Mirzya’. And yes, it does get hard to take your eyes off her!
Both Kapoor and Kher look sizzling together.
Anjali Patil stands out! The actress brings in the much-needed authenticity and rawness to her rural character (something which no other actor in the film could achieve); and lets her eyes and body language do the talking. She literally nails it every time she is on-screen.
Anuj Choudhry is impressive and gets his royal prince act right.
Mehra could have utilized Art Malik and K.K. Raina in better way. The two, and others from the supporting cast, just come across as characters in a script than people with flesh and blood.
About The Movie: The lyrics of Aahu Aahu song from the Saif Ali Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Love Aaj Kal’ go this way - “Ikko Ye Kahaani, Bas Badle Zamaana” (the same story, just the era has changed). Well, that’s exactly what ‘Mirzya’ is all about!
Let me be honest- ‘Mirzya’ could have been the perfect treat for a cinema lover had it not had a predictable storyline and a miserably dragged second half.
In no way is this film for the single-screen audiences, or for Anil Kapoor fans who expected his son’s first movie to be an out-and-out commercial flick. But what we get instead is something that proves why Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra knows the art of storytelling.
How wonderfully he narrates the tale of Monish and Suchitra, blending it with the beautiful folklore tracks by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. And if the poetic lyrics by Gulzarsaab are not enough to leave you impressed, there’s also wonderful usage of dancers decked up as Rajasthani villagers who dance and describe the mood of every song.
The director captures your attention right from the first scene. Be it ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ or now ‘Mirzya’, Mehra’s swift change from one era to the other makes the viewing even a better and more gripping experience for the audiences. And with that kind of majestic cinematography for picturesque landscapes of Rajasthan and Ladakh, along with rich colors and awesome visual effects, this one becomes a complete treat to watch on the big screen. Kudos to Pawel Dyllus and his team!
In fact, the re-telling of the tragic folklore of Mirza Sahiban doesn’t have a single dialogue apart from Kher’s character shouting “Mirzya” in the beginning; yet that parallel running segment manages to impress and leave a long-lasting impact.
Where the movie starts losing its grip is a few minutes before the Interval since the re-bonding between Monish and Suchitra fails to create the much-required intensity and magic. And, as stated above, the dragged and very predictable second half.
Plus, too many songs in this musical tale start hampering the pace of the movie.
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Romance
Verdict: We give the visually rich and stunning ‘Mirzya’ 'THUNDEROUS CLAPS' for its fresh, different and lyrical narration by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; for impressive debuts by Harshvardhan and Saiyami, and for the amazing songs.