“MIRZYA” is visually dazzling, but immensely boring!
With a strictly mediocre plot, this musical from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is overindulgent with its appearance, caring little for the actual content. Narrated in the Broadway-jazz format, this film is never quite engaging enough to sit through its full length. Totally avoidable!
Inspired by the Punjabi folklore of Mirza Sahiban, MIRZYA is an epic action-romance set in contemporary times. Narrating the story of Munish (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Suchitra (Saiyami Kher), the film draws similarities between their love story and that of the Mirza-Sahiban tale.
Director Mehra has always shown great prowess for visual aesthetics in his films. However, unlike his memorable Rang De Basanti, this latest outing lacks the meat to sail it through the eye-popping grandeur. The script is so basic that it’s hard to believe it comes from the master writer Gulzar himself. Not just that, even the direction from Mehra is so insipid that it becomes really challenging to sit through the two hours it offers. It’s as if Mehra’s whole focus was on making the product look top-notch, with no real thought put into its structure and entertainment quotient.
As mentioned earlier, the film has the quintessential qualities of a Broadway musical. It is narrated in music and there are several unrelated chorus artists at play simultaneously. But as is evident from watching this film, all this does not make for a great film experience. Despite some amazing music from the trio of Shankar Ehsaan and Loy, and thumping vocals of Daler Mehndi, the film struggles to keep you absorbed. The love story lacks the desired fervour, and the switch match between the two time zones is purely beginner-level stuff.
The actors are given hardly anything to showcase. The visuals and euphonies are so overpowering that you can’t really decide whether the debutant Harshvardhan Kapoor can act or not. His presence is charming, but he never gets even a single scene he can really own. Saiyami Kher has a magnetic screen presence. Her eyes are emotive, more than her leading man. She again faces the challenge of lack of opportunity here, and her real talent remains to be seen. The supporting cast is adequate for the content at hand.
In all, MIRZYA is striking but tedious. Give it a miss!

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