Mirzya - External Reviews

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Pretends to be intense. Pretends to be romantic. Pretends to be enigmatic. Pretends to be Shakespearean – how can it be without the complexity or the tragedy.

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31 reviewers have given Mirzya an average rating of 1.7/5.0 (?)

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13 nays
15 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...So the Critic embraced that thought and slept peacefully that night, remembering that in the Village and in the Forest in every tale, they always all lived happily ever after. ... full review

So-So by Rima Bhatia, Bolly Spice ...Essentially Mirzya is a film about love, in all its various forms, Your first love that you never forget, a love between friends, a love between child and parent, unrequited love. With a tag line like “Dare to love” , you expect romance, love, high voltage chemistry which is all delivered. What you don’t expect is the constant jumping between the two stories and this takes some getting used to. A valiant effort- 3 out of 5 purely for the appreciation of this vision. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bollywood Hungama ...But, Mirzya makes us feel with time-stopping stillness when the only sound we hear is that of two hearts beating, that, this is only was to feel love, with a ferociousness that precludes options. No wonder, we ‘fall’ in love. How else would a moviemaker like Mehra be able to catch the journey down during the fall? ... full review

So-So by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Mirzya is a visual masterpiece, but one only hoped that it had a narrative that promised an equally brilliant premise. Watch it to usher in two newcomers Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher who fortunately have follow up films that hopefully do more justice to their skills. ... full review

So-So by Criselle Lobo, BookmyShow ...Mirzya is not for everyone. It's a slow, musical drama that will only be appreciated by fans of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films. Forgive Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s overindulgence, and go watch it for the newcomers, who make a fantastic first impression. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...I wouldn’t recommend it even to art film lovers, rather catch a nice play over the weekend.... full review

Thumbs down by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ...When you start fiddling with your phone at crucial points in the movie and when two hours seem to stretch across the ages then you know a movie is in trouble. Grand passion stories need to make you ache inside. What you get here is just a headache. Watch Game of Thrones instead. ... full review

So-So by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini ...Dare to love. Dare to be desirable. Dare to be like Rakesh. Dare to think and develop. Dare to do for self. Dare to be unusual. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...this could have been a Ramleela. or even a baji Rao. it needed a Ranveer. it needed at least a Deepika. right now it is just a tad less blue than Saawariya. watch it if you have to. ... full review

Thumbs down by Zinia Bandyopadhyay , Desi Martini ...For a film that has been directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and whose script has been penned by Gulzar himself, this film is a huge disappointment. All the while you can’t help but wonder, what made Mr. Mehra so half-hearted, be it the trailers or the pace of the movie or the over obsession with the detailing instead of the film in its entirety! ... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Mirzya is random, abstract and niche – not particularly everyone’s cup of tea. Watch it for Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher – the most unassuming debutants of 2016. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Mirzya is not your traditional young romance where college kids will enjoy the frivolity of young love. It is an artistic take on the passion and zeal of love as an overwhelming experience. You need to deal with its overtly artistic nature with a pinch of salt. But if you have the appetite for a tragic and epic love saga, the luscious visual imagery of Mirzya will give you plenty of food for thought. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The background score, songs, lyrics are all totally off-putting. This film plays out like an incoherent weed induced hallucination rather than a dreamy, enchanting tragic-romance. Beats me what the makers of this film were thinking of when they created this one! ... full review

So-So by Jaiwantika Dutta Dhupkar, fullhyd.com ...The movie makes do without the traditional songs and dances, but there are several folk songs choreographed in street style and they're peppered all through the narrative. The dancers take the place of the traditional narrator in a play, and offer their own perspective, even though you wonder at the necessity of it all. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Ironically, in MIRZYA Rakesh Mehra loses conviction after a couple of reels right from the beginning itself and all the razzmatazz that follows turns out to be all sound no fury. ... full review

So-So by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...Watch Mirzya if you have a penchant for folk tales, poetry and mysticism. This grand love tragedy requires you to show a willingness to be transported to a land where lovers are skittish and crazy. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...This 135-minute Shakespearean drama is visually impressive, but lacks the essence of a heart wrenching love-story. It’s a period drama trying hard to be a musical. And music? Probably the best in last couple of years. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mirzya attempts to answer that oft-asked question: Why did Sahiban break the arrows? Sahiban is not a betrayer here. Sahiban is just torn between what to choose: blood or love.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Conclusion: Mirzya is a movie which works so much better as a music video. It looks stunning but you don’t feel anything. It sounds stunning but you don’t feel anything. A movie doesn’t work if the audience don’t get a feel of the characters. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s movies have worked so well in the past because he made the audiences a part of the story. In Mirzya, he completely falters in that aspect. Having said that, if you enjoy your slow romantic ballads and beautiful cinematography then Mirzya is the best film for you to enjoy and ponder over. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Mirzya is a dramatic, poetic and visually aesthetic yet fails to blow you away. A 2.5/5 for this! ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...A key glitch with the story, gyanis opine, is that even as Mirza Sahiban is a tragic-romance about undying love, the climax concerns betrayal, wherein the heroine breaks her hero’s arrow — leaving him completely exposed and helpless before her father’s armed men, who come to finally get him in the end.... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Just like the father-daughter duo in this film who often quote Shakespeare, we’d say, if ‘to be or not to be’ is the question, this one is surely far from becoming. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...That is true of the film as a whole. Mirzya is a colourful but tepid tableau populated by pretty but comatose marionettes that even Gulzar's poetry cannot stir to life. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...In the end Mirzya is a misfire, despite its staggering ambition and its remarkable technical achievements. I’m going with two out of five. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kriti Tulsiani, News18.com ...Go for Mirzya if you’ve some admiration for poetic sensibilities and possess a certain love for couplets or just want a visual delight this weekend, else there’s nothing more to it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...There are fifteen songs in the least, and stanzas broken up to make the 129 minute film feel 'timeless'. But when you do get out of the warp, you paraphrase Shakespeare's Scottish King who realises that the film is 'but a walking shadow, a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon the screen/And then is heard no more: it is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing.' ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Opulent Leh battles, seductive Rajasthan ballet, picture perfect frames of postured passion peppered in flared lens to the tune of a soundtrack that’s miles ahead of its scenery involving people we never care about in life or after -- Mehra’s Mirzya sacrifices sense for style and that is its real tragedy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The film spends much longer on a scene where Malik, as the girl's father, glugs too much whiskey, goes into high melodrama, and then, comically, falls to the floor in a peculiar swoon. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...It remains the mainstay and takeaway from the film. It’s a pity then that despite so much happening, so much aspired for in the film, in the end you don’t feel as though you have come back with something substantial. As in each of his films Mehra is not content with the usual, is highly ambitious with his craft but doesn’t quite hit the target here.... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...If you are drawn to stories that are high on aesthetics with lyrical narratives, Mirzya is a portrait that deserves a long look. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM ...At the end, we would just like to say that 'Mirzya' is a must watch for those who are well aware of the history of Mirza-Sahiban. For others, it can appear out to tad bit slow drama. ... full review