Mirzya: Trivializing of a folk-legend

Film: Mirzya

Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Art Malik, Anjali Patil, K K Raina, Om Puri, Anuj Chowdhury

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

This debut vehicle meant to carry forward Anil Kapoor’s son, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Usha Kiron’s grand-daughter, Saiyami Kher on the path to stardom is akin to a gilt-edged blunt sword. The imagery is worth salivating over but the content is hopeless.

Allegedly, this was meant to be a cinematic rendition of the Mirza-Sahibaan folk legend, a tragic-love-drama that pits two youngsters-in-love on a path to self-destruction…but it’s nowhere close to the legendary folk lore that has intrigued and enthralled generations.

Om Puri plays Mirza, the sutradhar, a lohar (ironsmith) who adopts the young juvenile criminal runaway Monish and helps him grow up to become an efficient young stable keeper Akil (Harshvardhan Kapoor). Mirza’s widowed daughter (Anjali Patil) though doesn’t seem to have sisterly feelings towards Akil. Her unrequited love for him therefore comes handy for the climactic tumble into total coherence.

Akil works in a stable owned by avid Polo player, a Prince, Karan (Anuj Chowdhury) who also happens to be the current lover and fiancé of his childhood sweetheart Suchi (Saiyami Kher). So Suchi’s return was bound to rekindle repressed feelings of yore and create conflict in the relationship between the affianced.

The end result is of course a tragedy but the romance and affection that it deserved is totally lost in the excessively emblematic spiel put-together in a style and tenor that is totally alienating to the modern viewer.

The incoherence thereof is unforgivable. Cutting back and forth between an ancient past and a contemporary present, the unviable script neither lends depth to the characters nor makes what transpires seem half-way plausible.

The film pans out like an illicit fantasy that we all know can never be true. The dialogues are delivered with Shakespearean flourish, the performances lack conviction and the story-telling is devoid of consistency.

The background score, songs, lyrics are all totally off-putting. This film plays out like an incoherent weed induced hallucination rather than a dreamy, enchanting tragic-romance. Beats me what the makers of this film were thinking of when they created this one!

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