Like his sister Sonam Kapoor did years ago, new boy on the block Harshvardhan Kapoor makes a curious debut. Using the exquisite camerawork of Pawel Dyllus and the bountiful colors of Rajasthan, writer-director Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra tells a leisurely two-layered story of star-crossed lovers.
School children Suchitra and Munish are forced to leave behind the karmic attraction they feel for each other in Jodhpur and move on with their lives. When they reunite as adults, they're still soul mates with a single destiny but circumstances have changed vastly. She's the modern Miss who spouts Shakespeare with her father the Police Commissioner and she's poised to wed Karan from a royal family. But Munish is now Adil, the lowly stable boy in the royal house, a fugitive who had run away from a remand home for a crime he'd committed as a schoolboy.
Mehra uses two unspecified time periods setting one tragic romance in some outlandish tribal era where men rode horses, fought with bows and arrows and threw fireballs at one another. The updated repeat of the same tragedy is unfortunately set against feudal royalty, rendering it equally out of sync with modern sensibilities. For sure the telling is lyrical and musical.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's haunting Mirzya lingers, and the use of a violin piece and classical notes in the background is beautiful. But after all the musical and visual flourishes, the film you take home is feeble. Small- made Munish gets hefty Suchitra her favorite laddoos and carries her schoolbag. But the chivalry vanishes when Suchitra gets caned in the classroom for something Munish did and he watches on, letting her take the rap. Therefore, the crime he commits to avenge her caning, is too outrageously out of proportion to evoke any empathy. Besides being a slim and stale tale of karmic lovers, the narrative is extremely pretentious with hooves of horses from the past resonating with what's happening in a more modern lifetime. It's like revisiting Mohenjo Daro and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) simultaneously.
Harshvardhan Kapoor is confident and Saiyami Kher also carries herself well. But the presentation of both new faces is so un-animated that it doesn’t showcase their potential.
For an outdated story that’s doesn’t touch a chord with the viewer, Mirzya gets a 2.5 Star rating.