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When Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra announced that he is making a film based on the tragic love story of Mirza-Sahiba and launching Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor, the excitement was high. Things got more interesting when the trailer was released and the voice of Daler Mehndi took the expectations to another level, that songs will be good.

But things did not turn out so rosy in the end.

Mirzya is a modern tale but fails to make a spin. Childhood friends Monish and Suchitra are inseparable but one morning of not doing homework results in Monish killing the teacher and running away from the town. Suchitra grows up to be a fine Shakespearean lady, since her father who is a Royal guard (Art Malik) and returns home to marry the Prince Karan (Anuj Choudhry).

The marriage is obviously not meant to be because Suchitra meets Adil, her horse riding instructor and she soon discovers he is her Monish.

Rakeysh has tried his best to tell a story and the cinematography by Pawel Dyllus is smooth but they both cannot save this train headed for collision. The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is interesting but they did not come up with any song that could hit the charts, even the low budget film Jugni had more memorable songs.

The narration by the late great actor Om Puri, who has a brief role keeps you alert with his powerful voice and poetry written by Gulzar.

If Rakeysh was using choreography to depict this love story, it provided an arty relief but he should have let his hero and heroine dance. A love story where the main couple does not express their love through their body language is incomplete.

Saiyami Kher is not impactful and she will have a struggle in getting a next big hit. Harshvardhan Kapoor was too downplayed and he will also need more movies to showcase his capability. Otherwise he will be another Imran Khan. Actually Prince Karan, played by Anuj showed far more grit as the jealous lover.

Mirzya is a visual treat but not a movie, it is a sightseeing experience.