Mirzya (2016)


There are some film makers in India whom you always watch out for. “Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra” is definitely one among them because of his intense works like “Rang De Basanti”, “Delhi 6”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”. It took 3 years for him to reprise himself on screen with “Mirzya”. Introducing Harshavardhan Kapoor, son of Anil Kapoor, this film stars Saiyami Kher as female lead. Rohit Khattar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, P.S. Bharathi and Rajiv Tandon produced this film.

Plot :

Based on Punjabi folklore of “Mirza – Sahiban”, this film narrates parallel stories of Mirza (Harshavardhan) – Sahiban (Saiyami) and Munish (Harshavardhan) – Suchitra (Saiyami).

Narration – An Analysis :

Here are the reasons that provoked to watch Mirzya :

  1. A film by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, after the emotional “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”.
  2. Screenplay by “Gulzar” after a long time.
  3. An intriguing trailer and heart melting music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

These things definitely set an expectation among the audiences at least on admirers of Rakeysh and the opening poem in voice of Om Puri increases that level slightly. Rakeysh ensured that none of his audiences turn their eye around from the stunning visuals of the first half an hour. Though established slowly, the childhood episode of Munish and Suchitra has its impact.

It is always said that “Dialogue should be the last option to narrate a film” and this film absolutely proves it. Both Gulzar and Rakeysh should be appreciated for coming up with such a poetic visual narration for this mediocre plot point. One can observe there couldn’t be more than a ten pages of script with dialogues. The poetic narration turns artistic when a song comes in between. “Aave Re Hitchki” is one such outstanding composition from the music trio that haunts you for a long time. Mirzya even lets you feel perplexed at the time of intermission.

The second half has some threads which lets you get connected to first half yet a layman can predict what is going to happen next. Besides some dull moments like the beast sequence, unbalanced narration two plots lets you feel lack of momentum. There comes this song “Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke” soothingly yet the film ends as you expected which is not expected from Rakeysh.

On a whole, Mirzya impresses with the artistic narration and vibrant visuals supported by soothing music yet there lies something that lets you feel no impact and an additional disappointment from Rakeysh, at the end… A weak plot.

Performances :

Harshavardhan Kapoor is credited with a nice debut in his career where he has to employ expressions rather than dialogues to prove his mettle. He definitely has an impact as Mirzya despite a weak plot. Saiyami is equally good and competed Harsha. Anuj Choudhry, Anjali Patil, Om Puri, Art Malik, K.K.Raina are good enough.

Strengths :

  1. Poetic Visual Narration. Whatever this film tries to convey, it’s just through visuals. Rest is up to audience on what should be understood. Kudos to Gulzar and Rakeysh in this aspect.
  2. Music. Trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy gave such hauntingly soothing music. “Aave Re Hitchki” is the best song in these days.
  3. Cinematography. Paweł Dyllus is another great contributor that helped Mirzya. War sequences are very eminently captured.
  4. Production Values. It’s heard this film was made in a budget of 30 crores yet it’s surprising to have such a visual treat in that boundary.

Lowland(s) :

  1. A weaker plot. This is the strongest lowland that pulls Mirzya down.

– Yashwanth Aluru

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