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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.Read more
I can safely say that Mirzya's music reviews have caught my attention more than the trailer. From its trailer, Mirzya looks like a regular love triangle, even if it is much more intense.
You can see Harshvardhan Kapoor's character's pain in that one scene where he sits overlooking a city. Even so, the story holds no particular hook. The shift between period setting and current days, between bikes, bicycles, and horses isn't too intriguing either.
However, the music reviews have built up hope. Which is a good thing because, with 15 tracks, Mirzya might as well be a musical. Hope it is what bring novely to this otherwise, seemingly ordinary love triangle.
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Life – "4.5/5"
dna - "This is brilliant stuff from SEL. Just close your eyes and let the sounds wash over you and you’ll know what I mean"
Firstpost - "it takes serious talent and vision to have this kind of music in a commercial Hindi film, at a time when old indipop songs are given a Badshaah rap and re-released"
india today - "a rich, innovative, complex album"
indian express – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "From Katyar Kaljat Ghusli, the trio take another giant leap ahead in Mirzya!" in a 300 worder!
Music Aloud - "rich, remarkably diverse set of songs from Shankar Ehsaan Loy”
- meeta, a part of the audience
Mirzya is quite meta in its story. It goes the extra mile to prove that a love story stays pretty much the same, through the ages. So, before you as an audience can say, “it's the same old story”, they say it. Only they say it with a lot more jazz. Still means the same to you, you are quite thoroughly bored.
Visual finesse can enamour you for a bit. Quirky song picturization can wake you up for those few minutes. Beyond that, Mirzya holds no hook. The tone of the movie is such that you can pretty much guess how it's going to end.
The characters have nothing to hold your interest except that the actors playing them look gorgeous. Except Zeenat (played by yet another gorgeous Anjali Patil) who creates intrigue enough to want to see more of it. Her relationship with Monish (Harshvardan Kapoor) seems much deeper than that of his with Suchitra (Saiyami Kher). Why are they in love again? The entire story is a broad stroke. The details are only in the visuals. They grant the film a mysterious feel. But, it is more theatrical than what belongs to a movie. With these, Mirzya reminded me vaguely of Kites, Love Story 2050 and even Drona. And anyone who has seen these films will know it's not a compliment.
It is commendable then that the lead actors Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher and Anjali Patil stay restrained. With all the slo-mo in the folklore part of the film, it would have been very easy to go overboard. But those bits are surprisingly only as dramatic or not as a nicely shot, video of a slow-soothing song. I would love to see more of these two. They don't have that woodenness that most beginners have in their first few films. They don't carry airs about how pretty they are.
The visualization takes care of calling undue attention to itself. And the music. Sure, the movie would have been an absolute dud if it were not for the music. And even so, the songs felt out of place every single time, including the title song. However, I can listen to the songs on loop all day, for a few days.
But, what good is a service to the eyes and ears without any attempt to engage the mind or the heart? This story-telling needed a better story.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
TheFoodieDieter: #Mirzya is a cinematic delight, lovely direction. Leads could have had a stronger character, esp Siyami. Seems pretty lost at times.
Shivanip_: Gulzar Sahab has written #Mirzya so beautifully.
radhikasarda_: #Mirzya was stunning, both the actors are so talented
palakhdvn: #Mirzya is just beautiful, probably the best debut acting I have seen in a long time. Harshvardhan kapoor is so handsome
Mkharbanda15: To me, #Mirzya was a visual treat. I liked !
kunalsurajit: Watched #Mirzya outstanding #rakeshomprakashmehra
kanutsharma: #Mirzya nice one
Farikina: Don't get the reviews cause I toh seriously loved the movie!!! Can't stop thinking about it #Mirzya
amitabh_aks: Lyrical, visual, aesthetic, cultural and creative treat to the soul. Watch #Mirzya if u believe in @RakeyshOmMehra You won't regret at all.
kobo_bang: #Mirzya It was good love story but its typical, Sory mehra sir bt it loses its mark (ful review on sunday) #Mirzya_bangs
ZakerAlii: Just watched Mirzya.. It started of good then got really boring. The Visuals were incredible but story let it down. I give the movie 4/10
SincityMadhu: #Mirzya A half baked senseless movie lacking a coherent narrative.
RajaZain_: 1star * for #Mirzya starring @HarshKapoor_ and 1star * for #TutakTutakTutiya starring @PDdancing @SonuSood @tamannaahspeaks Tie!
Narnia121: #Mirzya I actually like the mirza sahiba parts more than the adil suchi part, the direction and story is sure a major let down,
haarisbashir: Nothing helped the film to reach the hype, it was meant to, poor script and screenplay made the film even hard to understand #Mirzya
gradwolf: Honestly thought Mirzya is more disappointing than bad. I think that's a pretty significant distinction. But I see there is a lynch mob+
an_mol: Mirzya is similar to Baar Baar Dekho in terms of story treatment. Watch it at your own risk!
ajayroytweets: #Mirzya is lifeless and soulless.
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