Shakespearean classics have always been a favorite for our filmmakers. Yet again, one of the most popular Shakespeare classics, Romeo & Juliet finds a new and interesting adaptation on screen. Directed by Rajesh Ram Singh, Mirza Juuliet, starring Darshan Kumar and Pia Bajpai in the lead roles, is a raunchy and rugged new adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, set up in the heartland of North India. The film got released last Friday and has been getting mixed reviews from viewers as well as critics.
Mirza Juuliet is the story of emotions like love, lust, hatred, friendship, trust, deceit, manipulation and above all, a mixed confusion of all these emotions. It is the story of Mirza (Darshan Kumar) and Juuliet Shukla (Pia Bajpai). Mirza has a troubled childhood. He was sent to the juvenile cell as he killed the murderer of his mother. He was later raised by one of his relatives. Julie Shukla is a childhood friend of Mirza. She is a vivacious and bold beauty of her town. She is the only sister of Dharam Raj ( Priyanshu Chaterjee), the most notorious local goon of Mirzapur. Dharam Raj fixes the marriage of his sister to a powerful politician and the to-be CM of the state, Rajan ( Chandan Roy Sanyal). Rajan is a pervert and a lustful young boy who is disturbingly fond of phone sex. But Pia falls for Mirza and when they realize their love for each other, they decide to run away. The two reach Nepal followed by Dharam Raj and Rajan. What happens next is there to be found out in the movie.
In spite of having a good story, Mirza Juuliet fails to impress audiences at the box office. The editing is not crisp. The first half is sluggish, the second half is too rushed off. All the actors have done justice to their roles but each of the characters lacks proper depth. Pia Bajpai and Darshan Kumar have given decent performances but the viewers fail to connect with their characters. The music is fresh and the songs are worth listening to. If you love watching a raunchy bold tragic love story, Mirza Juuliet is for you. However, do expect some uncanny resemblance of the film with movies like Gangs of Wasseypur and Tanu Weds Manu.