Harshvardhan Kapoor-starrer Mirzya, which will release on Friday, October 7, has received mixed reviews from critics.
Mirzya is based on the epic love story of Mirza and Sahiban, one of the popular Punjabi folktales and marks the Bollywood debut of Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of actor Anil Kapoor and brother of Sonam Kapoor.
It also stars Saiyami Kher, niece of actress Tanvi Azmi opposite Harshvardhan. Harshvardhan has delivered a splendid performance despite being a newcomer and his chemistry with Saiyami has been well-accepted.
Mirzya has some high-octane action sequences, which has been helmed by Australian action director Danny Baldwin.
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film has been creating a huge buzz among movie-goers. Also, the gripping trailer and music album of Mirzya have raised the expectations of the audience.
We bring you some critics' views and verdict on the movie. Check them out in Mirzya review round-up:
Joginder Tuteja said: "The film has a love story at the core of it all with strong drama and action taking forward the story. However, there is an inherent poetic narrative to the scenes (courtesy Gulzar and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy), something that brings all the difference to Mirzya. Mehra succeeds in ensuring that as young debutants, Harshvardhan and Saiyami shine well and more than just make their presence felt. All said and done, they are here to stay!"
Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi said: "Mirzya is a dramatic, poetic and visually aesthetic yet fails to blow you away. Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Daler Mehendi's music does not always hit the right notes. All in all, Mehra's Mirzya goes overboard with its experimental nature and cannot appeal to all."
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: "While Anil Kapoor's son displays sparks of brilliance and emotes effectively with his eyes, it's Kher, Shabana Azmi and Tanvi Azmi's niece, who shines in the film. Plus, the lead pair aren't very successful at bringing the urgency, turmoil or drama behind forbidden love. Watch Mirzya if you have a penchant for folk tales, poetry and mysticism."
Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times said: "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."
Meena Iyer of the Times of India said: "Harshvardhan and Saiyami come from good acting stock. But they're still rough around the edges. If you are drawn to stories that are high on aesthetics with lyrical narratives, Mirzya is a portrait that deserves a long look."
Bollywood Hungama said: "Harshvardhan Kapoor shows promise as a debutante and is at ease in front of the camera. The film's music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) seems forced into the film and is not at all impressive. On the whole, MIRZYA boasts of stunning visuals and good performances by the lead cast. However, it is marred by the treatment which is just not commercial in nature."
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