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Mirzya
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra



"A brutally beautiful and tragic ending, and fine performances from the three lead actors, are enough reason to watch. Sampooran Singh Kalra’s script, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s direction and Pawel Dyllus’s cinematography are unabashedly romantic, featuring long, lush s.. morehots of horseback riding, scenic vistas and desert sands. Sure, the filmmakers overdo their work. But it’s all in the service of love, and somehow that makes it O.K."
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"The opening sequence of the film is one of the most beautiful I have seen in a while – both visually and aurally. The film begins in a loharon ki galli (a lane of ironsmiths). It is this street which acts as the narrator, with the people living on it playing the role of s.. moreutradhars through dance and song. And with Om Puri, who brought up Kapoor, narrating the story. The opening sequence is simply made up of sounds and visuals – of iron being soldered, water being sprinkled on flames, footsteps, horses’ hooves. It’s like an Indian version of the Broadway musical STOMP, pulling you in instantly."
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"Mirzya is a fantastic visual experience – Mehra outdoes himself in terms of the film’s presentation. In fact, the narrative and treatment are so overwhelming that they take precedence over the content. It’s interesting how Mehra uses the vibrant splashes of color, son.. moreg and dance to take the story forward. There’s no denying that there is a certain element of abstractness in the film’s flow but that’s part of the filmmaker’s vision. The storytelling is random but clearly out of choice – it’s almost like the director deliberately doesn’t want to join the missing pieces to keep the intrigue intact."
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"On the eve of Mirzya's release I'm unusually calm, which might seem strange to many. My calm has something to do with a question I've often asked myself: WHY? Why did I choose to become an actor? And the answer is clear and will always remain so—it's my love for films, to.. more push boundaries, to tell Indian stories to the world and not get lost in Friday morning battles. To do work that will live on, make art that has a life, that can be celebrated, and even if we fail, we know we tried and will always remember what our intentions were."
Harshvardhan Kapoor on release of his debut film.
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