October 26, 2020

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Mirzya Review: Harshvardhan Kapoor, A Star is Born!

Mirzya is touted to be as an epic love saga that stars debutante Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. As the movie is a launch movie of Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan, the expectation was quite good enough with respect to its talent and performance. And on the other wide, as the movie is written by the legendary Gulzar and directed by the maestro Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the expectations were bit raised with respect to its story-line in this epic and tragic musical romantic movie.

The basic premise of the film is inspired by the Punjabi folklore of Mirza Sahiban, where hero and heroine’s families are enemies and in the end the love-birds die together. You can search Google or Wikipedia to know the exact story of Mirza Sahiban. However, although the makers kept the basic story-line same here, but have projected it in a totally different way. The writer-director have divided three different segments of the movie – one in the past, second one showcased some years ago in Jodhpur, and the last one shows the present scenario somewhere in Rajasthan.

Gulzar saab is back to penning down the script after almost 17 years, and thus the film perfectly showcases that love, innocence tradition and culture of Mirza Sahiban. One can also listen that hardcore of voice of Gulzar saab as a voice-over in the movie, as he chooses to be a narrator (sutradhar) in the company of his beautiful poem. Now this would be something like cherry on the cake for all the big fans of the legend.

mirzya-stillAlso, the makers brilliantly captured that passion and triumph of the human spirit in the film. The maestro as he is, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is always known to project and experiment his movie with respect to time and era – be it in Rang De Basanti or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. And thus, here too Mehra effectively project that intercuts and impresses to the core. In addition, the film is breathtakingly a visual treat to the masses and the makers have amazingly succeeded in astonishing the audience with its graphics and extravaganza.

As the basis premise was worldwide known, what was expected among audience was the presentation and performances. And to be honest here, despite of being helmed by the veterans like Gulzar saab and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film fails to showcase that emotion and pain which was much-needed to express this tragic love story of Mirza & Sahiban. It impresses with technical finesse and poetic galore, but fails to connect with the audience’s heart and soul to some extent. The movie definitely connects you with respect to its screenplay, but in parts.

On the contrary, ‘Mirzya’ rises again with the powerful and best performances by the lead actors here. Harshvardhan Kapoor makes his debut with this romantic love saga and he certainly gets noticed here. The potential of any actor can be noticed when he / she is along in the frame and performs. And Mr. Kapoor leaves his remarkable impression here, where a star is in the making for sure. I would believe, father Anil Kapoor and sister Sonam Kapoor would be so proud of Harshvardhan, where he will follow the legacy in a successful way.

Saiyami Kher is beautiful and effectively shows her potential in parts. She plays her part genuinely and I would certainly see her in more movies. Anuj Choudhary does justice to his character, and rest of the actors’ supports well. About Music, I believe Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has done some remarkable job here and would be called as best so far this year in the genre of romantic movies.

So is it a paisa-vasool film? Well, although this Shakespearean period drama fails to showcase that pain to express this heart-wrenching tragic love story, but is equally a visual treat filled with some mesmerizing musical poetic galore along with some praiseworthy performances by debutantes Harshvardhan and Saiyami.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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