Mirzya Movie Review: a doomed spectacle of so many resources,Mirzya was on the top of the most expected chart this year and the two trailers and folk rich songs raised expectations sky high. But, what would have been expected as another epic love story from ace filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a doomed tragedy. Even though strive hard to reach out the epic scale and magnificence it offered, Mirzya miserably fails to pull off an intense romantic saga, despite having everything to achieve that.
The movie replants the popular Punjabi folktale of Mirza and Sahibhan into the arid lands of Rajasthan, with a lush setting. Mirzya is the story of two school kids in Jodhpur, who are inseparable and their class difference melts away when the rich girl ignores the boy’s humble upbringing. One day tragedy tears them apart and fate brings them together after some years in Udaipur, but this time as princess Suchitra, played by Saiyami Kher, and horse trainer Aadil, played by Harshvardhan Kapoor. How the reunion ignites a series of events full of rage, desire, grief, romance, and climatic collapse is the rest of the story.
The best and the worst happened to the movie is director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who in his ambitious attempt to create a surreal world of spectacle lost the grip on his narration and the result is a frigid movie with some sparkling moments scattered here and there to remember. The two new faces, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, fail to lift the bar above a certain level and the romance give way to cold exchanges of emotions.
To make things more doomed, Gulzar, who wrote the screenplay, tries to give the movie a Shakespearean dimension, instead of giving life and vigor to the characters. Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music turns out as the savior and carries the movie forward on its shoulders. Amidst rocky landscapes, oily bodies, bright colored costumes, breathtaking cinematography, and a “300” like graphics, Mirzya leaves a feeling of despair at the end and one can step out of the cinema halls murmuring, this movie deserves more.