Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Duration: 129 minutes
India Release Date: 07-OCT-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.50 on 5 (For Breathtaking Visuals & Treatment of Songs / Fresh Approach to Story-telling)
“If you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt – only love.” Inspired by the legend of Mirza Sahiban, MIRZYA is an epic love story that plays out in contemporary times.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s fifth directorial pilgrimage Mirzya is inspired by the folk tale of ‘The Legend of Mirza Sahiban’. It is an epic action romance set in contemporary times. The film unfolds in two love stories set in different eras. The first is set in the ancient times & the other era places that story within the context of 21st century Rajasthan. Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor & Shabana Azmi’s niece Saiyami Kher debuts with Mirzya. Harshvardhan manages to display sparks of brilliance and intensity with his eyes but its Saiyami Kher who steals the show and is sheer pleasure to watch her eyes which was as blue as the sky. Both leads are well supported by other castes. Mirzya is like poetry in motion with stunning visuals and a fresh approach to story telling. It’s the songs that takes the story forward in ballet style. Pawell Dyluss’s soul-searching cinematography is stunning. The visuals of the chorus dancers dressed in bright Rajasthani costumes is breath-taking. Mirzya is arguably the most technically accomplished piece of cinema. However, much of the story gets lost in translation as it travels through the ages and the passion between the lead players doesn’t really set the screen ablaze. Story / Screenplay is the biggest spoil-spot here.
Performance & Technical Review:
Harshvardhan and Saiyami come from good acting stock. Harshvardhan manages to display sparks of brilliance and intensity with his eyes but its Saiyami Kher who steals the show and is sheer pleasure to watch her eyes which was as blue as the sky. Both leads are well supported by other castes. Anuj makes impressive debut. The music by Shankar Ehsan Loy is the life and breath of the lovers’ journey from a childhood togetherness to doomed adulthood. Every musical piece in the narrative tells a story. Pawell Dyluss’s soul-searching cinematography is stunning.
Mirzya is neither Art nor Commercial cinema. Watch it just for the fresh treatment of musical numbers infused with Rajasthani folk melodies and strums of the acoustic guitar and jazz-inspired flute notes.
Ratings: 2.75 on 5 (For Breathtaking Visuals & Treatment of Songs / Fresh Approach to Story-telling)
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5
Cinematography: 4 on 5