Verdict: Rakeysh Mehra’s epic saga gives us two promising actors.
If someone told you that Mirzya is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, you’d believe it. With each film, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s focus is shifting towards scale more than plot. In the case of Mirzya, it's disappointing as the movie marks the comeback of Gulzar, the screenplay writer.
The story is simple – Mirza Sahiban, a classic tale is told in a modern and ancient setup, much like Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal. The narrative, which is non-linear, pays more attention to the plot based in contemporary Rajasthan, where Adil Mirza (Harshvardhan Kapoor) is madly in love with Suchitra (Saiyami Kher), his childhood friend. The two are from drastically different backgrounds and the girl is all set to tie the knot with a prince (played by Anuj Chaudhary).
Simultaneously, the two debutants are seen as Mirza and Sahiba, just like the tragic romance portrayed it. Most parts of this track are shot with the help of CGI and the sets look stunning. Unfortunately, that’s about it as the modern story takes centre-stage, making the rest look unnecessary. The use of slow-motion in many scenes will simply test your patience. Even with a runtime of around 2 hours 10 minutes, Mirzya felt awfully long.
Mirzya relies heavily on its music, and there’s a song for almost every situation in the film. For example, in one scene, the hero explains how hiccups are a sign that someone is missing you, and the very next moment, the track 'Aave Re Hichki' starts playing. The film has nearly a dozen songs, so it can be considered a musical. It helps that the score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is wonderful with the title track being the stand-out number.
The best part of Mirzya though is its lead actors. Harshvardhan Kapoor was brave enough to choose such a film as his debut. He doesn't have six-pack abs, nor does he drive around in fancy cars like the Maharaja's family. In fact, Kapoor sports the rugged look throughout and it's hard to not feel his pain. Saiyami, too, is pleasing to watch and puts up a decent show.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Mirzya is not for everyone. It's a slow, musical drama that will only be appreciated by fans of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films. Forgive Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s overindulgence, and go watch it for the newcomers, who make a fantastic first impression.