Huge expectations arise from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's latest outing, MIRZYA (with the tagline - Dare to Love
), based on cult Punjabi folklore, MIRZA SAHIBAN. The tragic love story which transcends times as it is played out in two parallel worlds, one contemporary and one fantastical. It calls for some classy, soul gratifying music by the ever dependable S-E-L and Daler Mehdi (and the living legend Gulzar), as is mostly the case with Rakeysh's music be it RANG DE BASANTI, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG etc. The film also marks the debut of Harshvardhan Kapoor son of Anil Kapoor and model Saiyami Kher.
The timeless folklore of Mirza Sahiban is brought to life through some lovely rhythmic Punjabi folk based title song, 'Mirza
', boasting of some superb rustic musical arrangements with the help of 'algoza' (double flute), 'chimta' et al! Daler Mehdi 's robust vocals add to the mystique along with Zain Hazoor's rustic ones and sufi queens Nooran Sisters too join in. Lyrics are simply class.
One is brought to the contemporary world with S-E-L coming up with the absolutely bewitching 'Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke
', a trademark S-E-L love ballad with soft rock and soothing chorals. Shankar Mahadevan renders the number with elan and Zain Hazoor provides the rustic Punjabi background effects.
Its Rajasthani folk that forms base for the dance number 'Chakora
', a semi-classical inspired with modern musical (western) arrangements and fusion music that does make for a unique musical experience. Naturally Mame Khan, world famous Rajasthan based Manganiyar artist and Akhtar Chanal Zahri (very famous Baloch singer of 'Afghan Jalebi' dumbek version) and Suchismita Das, who come together for a number which should translate well on screen.
Shankar Mahadevan showcases his singing skills in another Rajasthani folk based, semi-classical, love lorn sombre sad number, 'Aave Re Hitchki
', with Mame Khan providing support.
Nooran Sisters, Zain Hazoor, Akhtar Chanal Zahiri and Daler Mehdi come together for a racy, rhythmic Punjabi folk based 'Hota Hai
', which is a situational number that brings forth the side effects of love. A fusion number that has 'qawwali
' touches, electronic sounds, sarangi and algoza along with Daler's Mirzya title music to it.
'Ek Nadi Thi'
is another situational 'Pahari
' (hilly music type) number (almost an un-plugged start) that musically etches out the paradoxical situation of the female lead, who is akin to a river, which cannot leave sides and has to follow a certain path. Nooran Sisters (the alaaps are magical) and K. Mohun put in a spellbinding performance.
Mame Khan's robust, vociferous vocals commence 'Doli Re Doli
' which is a sad, poignant 'bidaai' song with fusion musical touches of western (piano and trumpets) and classical Indian. Shankar Mahadevan renders the number with emotions and song brings tears, thanks to some absolutely touching lyrics by Gulzar Sahab.
An elaborate philharmonic orchestra commences, 'Kaaga
', which is another song where the female lead pines for any news from her beloved. The song has strong resemblance to DEVDAS music ( may be they are both same raga based numbers) and is nicely rendered by Kaushiki Chakraborty .
There are 6 short songs, all Punjabi folk based , composed and rendered by Daler Mehdi, on the folklore, and the male lead and all etch out his dare devil, strong and firebrand character and provide an insight into the bloodshed and gory battle for love.
They are- 'Yeh Waadiyan Doodhiya Kohre Ki', 'Mirzya Se Darre Khuda' , 'Mera Mirza Sher Jawan' , 'Lahoo Luhan Zameen Hui' , 'Punch Na Pende Mamle' and 'Pha Paye Na Ishq Da'
Mirzya Theme-Broken Arrows- A heartrending instrumental with poignant soft music and lovely flute and harmonica.
Summing up, the audio of MIRZYA complements the script and story and songs act as a narrative and are predom inantly thematic in nature and in keeping with the iconic love story. The audio is very classy indeed, and will be appreciated by the connoisseurs of such rooted works. But it does not have the universal appeal of a RANG DE BASANTI or BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, therefore it will be restricted to parts of North and Central India, especially Punjab and Rajasthan. Our picks - 'Teen Gawah Ishq Ke', 'Hota Hai' and 'Chakora'
. The songs do make one look forward to the movie which releases this Friday.Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below