Mirzya movie review: Harshavardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher come and go minus impact

Mirzya movie review: Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher's film brings together a highly talented team. The final result, however, is disappointing.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2016 11:40 am
Mirzya movie review, Mirzya review, Mirzya, Mirzya movie, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, mirzya image Mirzya movie review: This film works so hard on looking beautiful but fails to make characters played by Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher memorable.

Mirzya movie cast: Harshavardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anuj Choudhry, Art Malik, Anjali Patil, KK Raina, Om Puri
Mirzya movie director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Mirzya has everything that’s required for a musical romance based on a popular Punjabi folktale: a pair of fresh faces (Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher) with great Bollywood genes, a strong supporting cast, and lilting music.

Outside Punjab, the story of Mirza-Sahiba may not be as well-known as the other folktales about star-crossed young love such as Heer Ranjha and Sohni Mahiwal, but it has an equally strong core of emotion. And there’s no one better than Gulzar to be able to translate the story into a film, keeping the feelings and idiom intact. A touch of ‘Romeo-Juliet’ is stirred in to emphasise just how hard the lovers have to fight, and just how much our hearts have to go out to them.

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But right from the get-go, Mirzya tells us it’s going to be more about setting the scene, as it cross-cuts in time — some sequences are as spectacular as anything we’ve seen recently — than giving us characters that will instantly grab us, and keep us with them. This problem plagues this lush, good-looking production right through, and makes it much less of a film than it could have been.

Transplanting the tale to Rajasthan allows for locations that can take your breath away, despite their overuse in Bollywood. Grand forts, picturesque hamlets, glittering deserts and undulating dunes, and `rajwadaas’ with all their grand costumes and liveried retainers: Mirzya is all eye candy.

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There’s also something sweet and engaging about an initial segment which shows Suchi and Mohnish as childhood sweethearts very attached to each other, who part and meet again in very different circumstances.

The film starts to slide when we meet these two as young adults, Suchi (Saiyami Kher) as a curly-haired miss engaged to Prince Karan (Anuj Choudhry) who bumps into Adil-Mohnish (Harshvardhan Kapoor), and re-kindles old embers. But soon enough it gets stuck in silliness, and a line exchanged between the lovers becomes all too prescient: ‘tum aa rahi ho ya ja rahi ho’, asks he. The film, much too intent on creating prettiness, gives us no answers: Suchi and Adil-Mohnish come and go minus impact.

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And that’s down to the fact that the lovers do not set the screen on fire. Except for a stray scene, and that too towards the end, when these two look at each other, really look into each other’s eyes, and break out laughing, telling us that they are delighting in each other’s presence to the exclusion of all else, they are merely spouting lines.

Watch | Take 5 With Mirzya actor Harshvardhan Kapoor

Without that crucial element, where lovers create a tight world of their own and no one else is allowed, no romance works. In terms of acting potential, neither newcomer lifts off the screen, but Kapoor fares just a little better than his affectless leading lady: he appears to have a quiet spark which may surface after some more polishing. Flashback to his father Anil and his first film, you will instantly see the difference between an actor being groomed and an actor who is a complete natural, and who makes us look. Choudhry brings something to the table, as does the veteran Art Malik who is made to recite Shakespeare, but they get lost in the window-dressing. And neither K K Raina, hidden under designer glares, nor Om Puri in his muddy-grey garb, have much to do.

Watch | Take 5 With Mirzya actor Saiyami Kher

 

Mirzya disappoints. Coming from all the talent that’s gathered together for this, that’s even more dispiriting.

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    Kevin Hughes
    Oct 7, 2016 at 11:19 am
    This movie was very bad, The Padma in it put me off. And when she said "Teri maki , Bhen kelaude" It very annoy me.
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    Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 7, 2016 at 6:40 am
    Ufff these star kids come and go and come and ....
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      Dev Verma
      Oct 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm
      I haven't seen movie yet but aaj kal galiyan he biktee hein mere dost. Sensitivity is no subject on today's films. Before Udta Punjab there was such a hue and cry on censor board but after seeing the film it was really disgusting when the actor say tuttey (balls) in open dialouge so what else we can say.
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        MAYANK RAI
        Oct 13, 2016 at 6:42 am
        Film has everything except a gripping story. You can feel the experience of the team in every frame. IF we forget the story for some time, it’s a great experience for cinema lovers.
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          Paul
          Oct 10, 2016 at 12:52 am
          This movie is a disgusting and very bad joke on Mirza Sahiban famous story, Harshavardhan couldn't even close for the character of Mirza. 100% failure.
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            Tina Roy
            Oct 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm
            I DON'T KNOW WHY AUDIENCE SOOO FEEL DOWN FOR THIS MOVE. BUT I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TIME TO WATCH A DIFFERENT LOVE STORY. AFTER SOOOOO MANY TIME A DIFFERENT KIND STORY. I HAVE BEAUTIFUL TIME TO WATCH THIS FROM BEGINNING TO END. YOU CAN GIVE ME ANY KIND OF BAD WORDS FOR THIS KIND OF POST. I JUST DON'T CARE. THIS MOVIE OH! ITS HAVE 4 LOVE STORIES!!!!!! AND ALLLL CASTING,MUSIC,BACKGROUND SCORE,VISUAL EFFECTS,LIGHTING,LADAKH SCENES, BOWS -ARROWS,COSTUMES BEST OF ALL TIME. EACH AND EVERY CHARACTERS FROM,LEAD TO SUPPORTING HARSH K,S KHER,MALIK SIR,ANJALI P,ARJUN C,EVERY ONE DID JUSTICE WITH EACH AND EVERY EMOTIONS THEY PLAY. THE STORY SHOWS HOW EACH LOVERS R GIVING RESPECTS TO EACH OTHERS LOVE.THEY KNOW ONLY LOVE NO HATRED.THAT SCENE, WHERE THAT 2 GIRLS EXCHANGE THE BANGLES EACH OTHERS,THAT 'LADAKH' SCENES,THE TREE, EVERY THING I LOVE. THIS MOVIE I AM GOING TO KEEP IN FOR MY LIFE COLLECTION. THOSE WHO R TELLING ABOUT NO ENTERTAINMENT. I KNOW WHAT THEY WANT FROM THE MOVIE. I ONLY CAN FEEL THE LOVE EMOTIONS OF THE STORY. HATS OFF 'MEHERA' SIR.FOR THIS VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY. THOSE PAINTINGS ALSO APPROPRIATE FOR THE MOVIE.I WILL SEE THIS MOVIE EVERY 1 TIME IN A YEAR. NOW THIS KIND OF LOVE NOT POSSIBLE FOR OUR GENERATION.IF I CAN GIVE AWARDS FOR THIS MOVIE I WANT TO GIVE EVERY CATEGORY AWARDS TO THIS MOVIE. THIS IS A NOVEL I CAN SAY.'GULZAR' SIR , ONE OFF THE HISTORIC MOVIE U GAVE US,TO ORIGINAL MOVIE LOVERS. THANK U.
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