When Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (RANG DE BASANTI, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG) attempts a love legend from the history of Punjab - MIRZA SAHIBAN with Gulzar at the 'pen' of affairs, after a sabbatical of 17 years as a scriptwriter (HU TU TU last), an on screen poetry for the classes and masses is expected.
But alas, Rakesh Mehra takes a suicidal step in MIRZYA by ostentatiously relocating the Punjabi folklore to today's Rajashthan. The set change from icescapes of Ladakh with the sun soaked vistas of desert lands, real Havelis with real horses and VFX created bow and arrows look stunning and it is indeed an endearing experience for our naked eyes.
MIRZYA is an amazing eye popping experience but behind the picturesque landscapes lies an on screen translation of MIRZA SAHIBAN in a lyrical broad way manner that is neither engaging nor smart and on the top of that the Sufi Punjabi soundtrack against the Royal Rajashthani backdrop is distracting enough to turn irritating towards the end.
MIRZYA starring first timers Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher by Rakesh Mehra is a miscalculated and misdirected dream of paying tribute to Baz Luhrmann (ROMEO + JULIET), Chetan Anand (HEER RAANJHA) and Kaifi Azmi at one go in which the writer and the maker fail miserably.
In terms of modern adaptations of classic stories of yore, Vishal Bhardwaj remains the best till date. His intoxicating mix of desi liquor with Shakespearean wine is quite hard to beat. Bollywood flag bearers of radical cinema like Anurag Kashyap's DEV D (modern adaptation of DEVDAS) had its share of accolades but way short in delivering the raw and rustic desi knockout punch given by Bhardwaj in MAQBOOL, OMKARA etc.
With due respect to Rakesh Mehra as a helmer and Gulzar as a writer, it is extremely difficult to turn centuries old love saga into a stunningly outstanding piece of art mixing the lyrical ethos and modern age pathos like Baz Luhrmann's ROMEO + JULIET (1996) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes which still remains my personal best in terms of modern adaptation of the 400 year old Shakeshpere's saga. The film kept its modernity intact with stunning visuals celebrating the pop culture and astonishingly kept Shakespeare alive with dialogues in verse from the original play.
Similarly in 1970 Chetan Anand's HEER RAANJHA starring Raaj Kumar and Priya Rajvansh had its dialogues in verse, Kaifi Azmi wrote the verse dialogue apart from the memorable numbers like 'Milo Na tum toh hum ghabarayein' though the movie was set in a period.
Rakesh Mehra's MIRZIYA is nowhere in between. Gulzar pens this adaptation ignoring vital facts with glaring potholes.
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