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
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
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
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
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
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
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!