Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anuj Chaudhary, Art Malik
Direction: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Duration: 2 hours 15 min
‘Mirza-Sahiban’ is all about star-crossed lovers from Punjab, whose intense love story has all the ingredients of romance, pain, separation and betrayal. This popular folk story is the inspiration behind Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Mirzya’ his latest outing at the box-office. The movie also marks the debut of veteran actor Anil Kapoor’s handsome son Harshvardhan Kapoor and the beautiful Saiyami Kher.
Suchitra (Saiyami Kher) daughter of a rich and influential policeman and Adil (Harshvardhan Kapoor) whose father is a servant to the family are inseparable in their childhood. Their story comes to an abrupt end when Adil commits a murder. They meet in Udaipur after some years. Suchitra is about to tie the knot with Prince Karan (Anuj Chaudhary) when she discovers her childhood friend in the palace stable and is a horse trainer there. Love blooms once again between them and Adil realizes that he has to cross swords with the Prince and Suchi’s father for his love.
As the story unfolds, we see how the history is repeating itself. The story of star-crossed lovers ‘Mirza Sahiban’ from the past unfolds as the story of Adil-Suchitra in the present once again.
The film has all the ingredients to make it worth a watch but somewhere lacks the Midas touch. The director has tried to bring the past and the present on the same wavelength but lacks the essence of a heart-wrenching love-story. It’s just a period drama trying hard to be a musical.
Harshvardhan Kapoor is good but needs more polish. There are certain scenes in the film where he has stood out, whereas Saiyami Kher as the modern Sahiban looks good but is still rough around the edges. Anuj Chaudhary displays a range of emotions, leaving us wanting for more.
Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has created a surreal world here. The love story is out to mesmerize the audience with it’s flowing story. The melodious score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy adds an old world charm to the tracks that unfold languidly. Daler Mehndi’s renditions in the movie makes us wonder why he has been missing from the scenario since long now. Gulzar is back to screenplay writing after 17 years his couplets cover almost the entire film. Mehra and Gulzar’s combination is out with a lavish big-screen experience for the viewers.
‘Mirzya’ has been shot on locations in Ladakh, Jaisalmer, Mandwa and Udaipur that have been captured mesmerizingly by cinematographer, Pawel Dyllus.
All in all the movie is worth a watch.
Watch the trailer of ‘Mirzya’ below,
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