Mirzya: Romantic journey of Mirza-Sahiba
Mirzya the musical romance based on a popular Punjabi folktale
Mirzya: Romantic journey of Mirza-Sahiba:- Mirzya the movie has everything that a musical romance movie should have based on a popular Punjabi folktale: a pair of lead fresh faces (Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher) with their great Bollywood genes, a strong supporting cast, and lilting music.
Outside Punjab, the story of Mirza-Sahiba may not be as well-known as the other love folktales such as Heer Raanjha and Sohni Mahiwal, but it has an equally strong core of every emotion. And there’s no one better than Gulzar to tell this story as a film, keeping the feelings and idiom intact. To add a little more star-crossed-ness to the brew, there is a little bit of ‘Romeo-Juliet’ ‘tadka’ too.
Mirzya from the starting tell us more about the setting of the scene, as it cross-cuts in time — some sequences are so spectacular as anything we have seen recently — than giving us characters that will instantly grab us, and keep us with them.
Further, transplanting the tale to Rajasthan allows for locations that could literally take your breath away, despite of their overuse in Bollywood. Grand forts, glittering deserts, picturesque, hamlets and undulating dunes, and `rajwadaas’ with all grand costumes and also liveried retainers will definitely blow your mind.
The first segment is sweet and engaging
The initial segment is something sweet and engaging which shows Suchi and Mohnish as childhood sweethearts very attached to each other, who part just to meet again in very different circumstances.
The movie starts to slide when we meet these two as young adults, Suchi (Saiyami Kher) as a curly-haired miss engaged to the Prince Karan (Anuj Chowdhury) who accidently bumps into Adil-Mohnish (Harshvardhan Kapoor), and re-kindles their old embers.
Without that crucial element, where the lovers create a tight world of their own and no one else is allowed, no romance further works. While talking about the acting potential, neither newcomer lifts off the screen, but Kapoor has totally fared a little better than his affectless leading lady: he appear to have a quiet spark which may surface after some more polishing.
A flashback to his father’s Anil and his first film, you will instantly see the difference between an actor being groomed and an actor who is still completely natural, and who makes us look. Chowdhury brings something too, as does the veteran Art Malik, who is made to recite Shakespeare, but they are hidden under the window-dressing, as is the film. And neither, K K Raina, hidden under designer glares, nor Om Puri in his muddy-grey garb has much to do.
We would give it 2.5 out of 5.