Mirzya, starring debutants Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, is a romantic thriller directed and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film will take you on a ride between 'two different times', both modern and past!
All eyes are on the debutants Harshvardhan and Saiyami; Mirzya can build their career in Bollywood. The newcomers are lucky to be working with director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who has delivered hits such as Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. They are in safe hands and expectations are big on Mirzya. Let's see what the movie has to offer.
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Om Puri
Mirzya is set in the Punbaj province and is heavily influenced by Punjabi folklore. Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher are childhood friends, they also attend the same school. Harshvardhan is a boy from a poor family and Saiyami is the daughter of a rich man.
The innocent young boy suddenly vanishes one fine day and Saiyami has no clue about his wherabouts. She grows up and falls in love with another man and the duo decides to get married and have a good life. Harshvardhan enters Saiyami's life after a long period and he is still in love with her and does everything to win her love. Since Harshvardhan is from a poor background her father refuses the marriage and goes against his love.
The movie suddenly takes a U-turn and goes back to a different time in history and shows Harshvardhan as a warrior who fights against a group of rulers, and Saiyami belongs to the ruler's tribe. The warrior falls in love with Saiyami but the war, caste system and class divide hinders the duo to be together for the rest of their lives, leaving the love to die a tragic death.
The movie shifts its focus back to the present and shows that despite several years of progress and growth, the seeds of division is sown so deeply into everyone's lives that the caste system and class division between the rich and poor still prevails, leaving no room for true love to bloom.
Will Harshvardhan overcome the societal divisions and win over Saiyami's father? Can true love break all barriers and keep the couple together? Or will they fall prey to the evil society and end their love just like the past? For that you will have to hit the theatres!
Harshvardhan Kapoor comes from a filmy background and his acting skills are average and he remains calm and poised in whatever scenes given to him. However, the lack of transparency fails him as an actor and that will make you wonder what exactly is his role in the movie. One scene you see him as Mirzya, another scene as Adil and another scene there's a little boy. It doesn't cut the cake and his acting skills are diluted between all these three stories!
Saiyami Kher stole the show in portraying her role as a modern woman. She has carried the look, attitude and style with ease. But the same indifference in the transition process has casted a bad shadow on her acting skills as she's seen playing different roles in different scenes and might make you say 'Please stop, your role is going above our head'!
The director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra wanted to show how love takes a beating with arrogance, money, power and status in the society, but he's over done his job and will leave you confused.
Also, the transition between the modern time and historic time will leave you amused and it's too complex for any layman to understand the sequences as there is no explanation for the transitions. When it comes to the camera angles, the film manages to focus on every inch of the historic lifestyle; but it's a let down as there is no dialogue delivery and everything is just shown in motion.
The cinematography is good no doubt, but no light has been shed on the Mirzya/Sahiban tragedy and the film keeps shifting unnecessarily between three different times 'Childhood','Present' and 'Past' and none of these connect well and all the threads are left open.
There movie has no comedy and romance and is filled with too many complex and tragedy stories that make you feel uncomfotable and leave you confused. Its only a one time watch if you like to give your brain too much pressure!