You just cant deny the technical brilliance or awesomeness the latest Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film Mirzya has. Narrated as parallel tracks of one modern day love story and another of the famous Mirza Sahiban folklore, what is missing in Mirzya is the feel of an eternal love story. With only visual magnanimity and the thought of giving Mirzya a ballad musical feel in its treatment going in favor of the film, Mirzya is just an average film and slightly disappointing when you look at the stature of the director.
Munish and Suchitra are childhood friends who loved each other. The kind of care Munish had for Suchitra resulted in a really unfortunate ending in the childhood itself. As years passed by, they both grew up in different parts of the world. Mirzya depicts what happened when they happened to meet again, just before the wedding of Suchitra.
From whatever I have managed to know about the folklore gave me this impression that the time our central protagonists spent together was sufficiently long enough to have that unbreakable passionate romance between them. But when it comes to Mehra’s Mirzya written by Gulzar, that much needed bonding was quite missing. Munish and Suchitra haven’t seen each other for a very long time. With the physical and mental changes one would go through all those years, Mirzya’s modern day track needed a solid reason for the couple to get back together. And that really nice chemistry between Anuj and Saiyami’s characters in the beginning of the film was so believable and charming that we as an audience will find it very difficult to believe that the main love story is the more intense and sincere one.
About Harshvardhan Kapoor, I won’t say that he disappointed. But the movie hasn’t really utilized him in an emotional way. He is always in this moody phase and I must appreciate the hard work he has done for the role as a lot of physical challenges were there in doing that character. For me the biggest take away from this Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film would be Saiyami Kher. The actress has this scorching screen presence and her eyes are so damn expressive. Art Patel as Suchitra’s father also delivered a good performance.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s attempt here is to give the movie a ballad feel. Honestly I wasn’t that excited when I listened to the soundtrack initially (my bad taste in music may be) but after having seen the film, it kind of stayed in my head. It’s Mehra’s clever mixing of songs in the roughly two hour long film that did the trick. Gulzar’s writing has that flare of realness and happiness in those initial portions of the film. But as the movie approached its conflict zone, the depth sort of got compromised. The kind of feel the folklore part managed to create without the help of a single dialogue was not there in the more elaborate Munish – Suchi love story. Pawel Dyllus has done an outstanding job in capturing the visuals and the visual effects department also showed great quality.
Mirzya is one movie where I felt really bad when it ended up like an average drama. It had the scope to be that emotionally solid Romeo and Juliet, but they just couldn’t add that depth and magic in to the romance.
Rating : 2.5/5
Mirzya had the scope to be that emotionally solid Romeo and Juliet, but they just couldn’t add that depth and magic in to the romance.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended