Mirzya- Colourful but drab!

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Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anjali Patil, Om Puri

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Rating: 1.5/5

Based on the epic love story of Mirza Sahiba, Mirzya is a story depicting three parallel narratives situated in the desserts of Rajasthan amidst a blast of colours, music and royalty. It attempts to bring another tragic love story to celluloid, but fails. Despite being very colourful and quite well decorated- the movie lacks substance.

Munish and Suchitra are childhood sweethearts who are separated after 8-year-old Munish murders a school teacher who wrongly punishes Suchitra. They meet again after almost one and a half decade, and without much provocation or leads, the two rekindle their old flames and Suchtria begins cheating on her would-be husband who also happens to be the Prince of Jodhpur. Hereon, the story becomes about how everyone tries to keep the two lovers away. There is a Game of Thrones themed drama unfolding as a back story and repetitive musical sequences push the story forward, and the movie climaxes with a chase sequence that ends with the death of both the main actors. It was supposed to be tragic but it only comes as a relief since you’re now free to go.

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Performance wise, Harshvardhan Kapoor shows glimpses of raw talent that may bear potential overtime however, his performance as Munish was neither very impressive or moving. Saiyami Kher as Suchitra has lent very little emotions to the character. Her voice, stance and overall persona is not very fitting and she could not do much justice to the role she has essayed. Om Puri has a blink and miss role, but contributes to the narration part. New faces like Anjali Patel and Anuj Choudhary are the last saving grace of the movie, as they play their roles with the required emotion and appropriate screen presence.

After some really good movies, like Rang de basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- this was a big step down for Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The story is barely believable and not practical in the current era, some scenes are blatantly absurd and you can see emotions being made into a joke repeatedly. The VFX used in the scenes where there are inexplicable fire and snow sports are not up to the mark and disappointing overall. Music by trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy is pretty good, some songs are melodious but are overused to a large extent due to the musical narrative of the movie. This eventually gets irritating and repetitive. Overall, Mirzya has nothing major to offer and is a movie you can easily avoid this weekend.