A sad example highlighting the eagerness of filmmakers like Rajesh Ram Singh to be the Tarantino, Kashyap and Vishal Bhardwaj's of tomorrow. Targeted for the new age generation that prefers to stay in the twilight zone, MIRZA JUULIET is a well shot desi
, rural spaghetti roughly based on the Punjabi folk lore Mirza Sahiba. This well shot dim witted clone of the adaptations done by VB of Shakespeare tragedies falls terribly short on passion and energy.
MIRZA JULLIET MOVIE STILLS
TV series writer Shanti Bhushan is credited to pen this chaos in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh where we are introduced to the peppy Julie Shukla (Pia Bajpai
) who threatens a bus conductor for a free ride with his gang of girls. Cut to a well shot mob sequence in which two religious processions are on threshold of a flare up after Mirza (Darshan Kumar
) shoots down a popular leader from one of the community. We smell a hint that the plot might travel through a political terrain but in quite a snap our expectations are doomed by cliche settings surrounded by some believably funny and unbelievably cartoonish characters as the camera zooms into Julie's household in Allahabad.
The only sister of three 'bahubali'
(means politically powerful in this Hindi heart land) led by Dharmaraj Shukla (Priyanshu Chatterjee- luckily for him the undeniable resemblance to Abhishek Bachchan from some angles doesn't cringe) is set to be the wife of Rajan Pandey (Chandan Roy Sanyal - fine actor mercilessly reduced to a caricature by the writer), the only son of a wicked politician Veer Pratap Pandey (Swanand Kirkire). Politician papa is dreaming for a parliamentary seat for his beta but his despo son is only interested in carnal pleasures from his wife and keeps on asking for chumma
from his wannabe jumma
on phone in a sleazy tone. Mirza returns from jail after killing that politician and the contract killer now wants to mend his ways and seek redemption by living a normal and safe life. How the plans of Mirza, Juuliet and Veer Pratap Singh gets jeopardize after the feisty Julie discovers that Mirza is her childhood love and the erstwhile restrained Mirza finds a soul mate in Julie forms the crux of this saga that has very little to go ga ga.
Packing minimum punch and refraining to go deep under, this rural thunder is mostly a blunder that is redeemed by some fine performances. NH 10 fame Darshan Kumar impresses with his restrained rawness and roughness. Pia Bajpai gets a character cut between Kangana Ranaut's Tanu from TANU WEDS MANU, Kareena Kapoor's Geet from JAB WE MET and Parineeti Chopra's Zoya from ISSAQZADE, she does well in her outspoken, peppy and feisty avatar as Julie who is comfortable to talk about sex with the one she is comfortable with and has the power to say no to the physical advances of her fiancee.
The portion between Pia and her brothers during the second half is finely constructed helping MIRZA JUULIET from turning into a complete disaster. Rajesh Ram Singh narration is a result of a hangover from VB, Kashyap's pattern and it lacks individuality. Of the supporting cast Priyanshu Chatterjee and Swanand Kirkire are competent.
Technicalities are decent while the music has nothing to hum along. Ajay Pandey does a splendid job with his camera. The best thing in favour for MIRZA JUULIET after the performance is that it's slightly better than the utterly disappointing Rakesh Mehra's MIRZYA - the adaptation of the melancholic tale of star-crossed lovers Mirza Sahiba that introduced Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher to the silver screen.
Rajesh Ram Singh's MIRZA JUULIET is roughly based on that which clearly says that if you are not keen to watch Darshan and Pia then don't double your trouble, watch a VB, Tarantino or a Kashyap film instead, much better gift a DVD of Baz Luhrman's 1996 modern pop cultured cult ROMEO+JULIET - adaptation of Shakespeare's divine tragedy to the director of MIRZA JUULIET hoping that at least the extra U gets replaced with a positive + somewhere in between.