Mirzya Movie Reviews: Mirzya released today and in it debuts Anil Kapoor’s youngest son Harshvardhan Kapoor along with Saiyami Kher in lead roles. Harshvardhan’s talent will be keenly watched and comparison made with his father Anil and whether he is able to rise to that successful level. For starters, the son is acting in an intense love story and it has showcased him in a great manner. Importantly, whether he becomes a box office star like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan will also be more or less on show in Mirzya itself.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra starts Mirzya with the tragic flashback to childhood of Munish (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Suchitra (Saiyami Kher). They have bonded extremely well and are constantly seen together and help each other get out of trouble in school to the extent of Suchi willing to get physically punished by taking the blame for something that Munish did. This has tragic consequences. A teacher thrashes her for something she did not do and a furious Munish steals a gun, from Suchi’s father, who is a police officer and kills the school teacher.
Munish runs away from juvenile home he has been sent to, while life goes on for Suchi, who has moved to a new location and she herself goes abroad. The next thing we know is that she has returned to India but is all set to marry fiance Prince Karan (Raj Chaudhary). The meeting with Munish is bound to happen as he (now called Adil Mirza) works in the horse stable of Prince Karan. In fact, the most simplistic of solutions is found to bring the pair together as he is picked to teach Suchi how to ride horses. However, while he recognises her, she on the other hand is clueless! This very simplistic solution leaves the viewer disappointed. More time is wasted as the story plays out and Suchi to finally recognise Munish and the pair to fall in love. What follows is the lovers’ attempt to fight the world to stay together. But the past is very much there attempting to catch up with Munish and the present is not at all with them either. Will they be able to change their destiny is what the rest of the movie consists of?
Love stories are magnificent if they are presented well and the story is intense. Mirzya whetted the appetite of viewers with a spectacular trailer. Beautiful colours and amazing scenes showed the lead pair in sensational spectacular situations. In the film, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra fails to live up to fleshing out the characters and imbuing them in iconic characters. Even the dialogue, which were provided by Gulzar fail to have any impact. His catchphrases and other standout dialogue, for which he is famous, are missing. Something else that Gulzar otherwise excels in, the screenplay, is also disappointing in Mirzya.
One of the really unhinged trends, yes there are a number of trends in the movie, that keep occurring at regular intervals is the Daler Mehendi track that keeps making their presence felt in a number of scenes. And yes, there is time given to sex, not the act itself, but mostly it is of the prudish and unnecessary kind and is quite cringeworthy. Mirzya fails to rise to the occasion in a number of other ways, but that would be showing too much of the movie and can spoil the ‘pleasure’ of those who are intending to watch the movie despite reading what has been said above. Suffice it to say that the Mirzya-Suchi love story, based on the Mirza-Sahiban folk story is set to disappear without a trace into the annals of Bollywood history and hopefully that does not affect the careers of Harshvardhan and Saiyami Kher too much.
Director Rakeysh Mehra, who has a string of big ticket movies to his credit which went on to do well at the box office, messes up in a major way and this will prove really costly for the filmmakers. The narrative is weak and too many glitches mar the movie that leave both Harshvardhan and Saiyami story in an unviable position. The final result is not pleasant and is bound to leave viewers thinking that this was not a ‘paisa wasool’ movie.
Talking about the performances of both these actors, Harshvardhan’s presence is dominating and it is clear that the actor is working very hard to get the emotions, the dialogue and the movements right. He is also not shy of the camera – guess that part is in his blood! But above all, Harshvardhan has come out with a commanding screen presence. His character dominates and if given a better character to portray, he may well ace it. Saiyami Kher is totally at ease too in her debut movie. While nothing extraordinary has emerged from her side, she is able to put her sensuous body on display in eye-ball grabbing scenes. But she has shown an ability that may take her further in Bollywood than just being eye candy. The rest of the characters are more or less going through the motion as backdrops to the leading pair’s story.
One thing that stands out though is the cinematography. Paweł Dyllus manages to make even ordinary scenes turn into magical moments that hold the viewers’ attention by providing immense visual pleasure.