By now, everyone knows that the most important day in Bollywood is Friday, that day of the week which makes or breaks many dreams. Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor’s debut film Mirzya opposite Saiyami Kher released at the box office this week. Will Mirzya prove to be a sunrise for Harsh and this newcomer will achieve superstardom or will it get beaten at the box office, let’s review.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirziya is essentially a love story set during contemporary times. The film begins with the childhood introduction of Munish (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Suchitra aka Suchi (Saiyami Kher). These two not only go to school together but also sit on the same bench in the school and always help each other when they need it. One day when the school teacher asks Munish about his homework, Suchi lends him her copy. And when the teacher asks Suchi about her homework, she says that she did not do the homework. The teacher gets angry with this and beats him with a stick. Unable to see all this, Munish snatches the gun from Suchi’s father, a police officer, and kills the school teacher during the day and the teacher is dead in broad daylight. Thereafter, Suchi’s compulsive thoughts drive Munish away, despite being sentenced to send Munish to a juvenile home. Meanwhile, Suchi and her father leave Jodhpur forever and shift to a new place. A few years later, Badi Suchi returns from abroad to be received by her fiancée Prince Karan (Raj Choudhary).
Is . Incidentally, Munish (who now leads a changed life as Adil Mirza) works at Prince’s stables and begins teaching Suchi to ride. Munish recognizes Suchi but he does not tell the truth to Suchi until Suchi recognizes him as who she is. The two fall in love once again, but things are very different now than they were in their childhood. Can Munish express his love in front of Suchi, does Suchi pursue her marriage with Prince Karan and do Suchi and Munish muster up the courage to fight the world for their love, all this after watching the film. It shows .
When the promos of Mirzya were released, it gave the audience an amazing visual experience of a love story set in two different eras. Sadly, the film doesn’t live up to the expectations that Rakesh Mehra’s films have. The script of this film (Gulzar) is quirky, confusing and extremely slow moving. It is very sad how such a talented person in the film world with cinematic potential and influence like Gulzar can go so wrong with a traditional premium narrative.
Mirzya, in total, has three stories aboard. First, the present-day love story between Munish and Suchi, second, the mythological story of Mirza-Sahiban (visually heavily influenced by The Game of Thrones ‘Khalisi’) and third, a bunch of folk dancers who are always drunk. He is intoxicated and starts dancing in a random manner. All this combined has created a scenario which the audience cannot digest.
Apart from Gulzar, the director of Mirzya is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (who directed Rang De Basanti).
and made amazing films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) are equally to be blamed. The irony of the situation is that, even though Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra knows the taste and pulse of today’s audience, he loses out to Mirzya, who was supposed to be the launch pad of two new faces and a career. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s direction in Mirzya is not only modest but completely directionless. Apart from the weak plot of the film, the film has several flaws and many unexplained incidents and situations. All this leaves the audience confused and upset till the conclusion of the film. While the first half of the film goes out to show the romantic angle of the main characters of the film, the second half of the film drags on without any reason and stop. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra suddenly ends several important scenes, and all we get to hear is Daler Mehndi’s high pitches. Not only this, there are many such scenes in the film which were meaningless and they just test your patience, such as Ompuri’s voice constantly saying ‘Hata Hota Hota Hota, Ishq Main Aksar Aisa Hota Hai’ in the film. It is heard, in a way, indicating that the makers knew somewhere that what they are showing is just irrational. All this makes the viewers wonder what was going on in Rakeysh Omprakash’s mind and what message was he trying to convey through Mirzya. The plot of Mirzya’s story (rich lady-poor boy-approving parents) has been tried countless times before in Bollywood, Mirzya doesn’t show any novelty. The film, in its totality, seems completely lifeless and falls flat on its face.
On the acting front, the film rests entirely on the shoulders of the main characters of the film, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. Harshvardhan Kapoor suits the budding hero very well and faces the camera with ease. his underrated character
Try to do justice to it and look quite confident on screen. Since Saiyami Kher has done some modeling assignments earlier, she looked very comfortable in front of the camera as a debutant. Saiyami’s body language and sheer beauty makes her presence felt in the film. She also looks very promising and such an actress in Bollywood should be taken into account. In complete fairness, both the newcomers show immense potential as actors. Raj Choudhary suits as a Rajasthani prince. Veteran actor Om Puri, who appears in the opening scene of the film, slowly disappears as the film progresses. His presence in the film only registers his voice. The rest of the cast help in taking the film forward.
The film’s music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) seems forced into the film and not impressive either. In the midst of everything, out of all the songs in the film, some of the songs that are good are “Teen Gawah” and the title song of the film (which plays over and over again and slowly becomes annoying). Also the background score of the film is average, which is overlapped (many times) by the songs of the film.
The editing of the film (PS Bharti) is average. The cinematography of the film (Pavel Dialas) is excellent. It is his charisma that makes this film a visual delight for the audience. He has tied the mythological story of Mirza and Shahiban in a very captivating manner. Pavel Dialas needs to be commended for presenting the film so beautifully. Although the film’s VFX looks gaudy which could have been done better, the action scenes (Australian action director Danny Baldwin) are impressive.
Overall, Mirzya stands out with stunning visuals and good performances by the lead cast. However, the film’s lack of commercial outlook spoils the fun. The film will struggle at the box office and it will be able to impress only a certain section of the multiplex going audience.