Before we dwell ourselves in the nitty gritty details of the films first let take a pause and explore the legend of Mirzya and Sahibaan. The state of Punjab is said to have 7 tragic love stories which eventually becomes folklore. Alam Lohar was the first singer who made them popular by singing them. Soni-Mahiwal and Heer-Ranjha already common names between Hindi cinema lovers. But Mirzya Sahibaan wasn’t that popular but this was equally popular in Punjabi Folk.
Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra wants to make the cinematic adaptation of the song of which tells the story of Mirzya Sahiban from a long time. Hence finally when he get the grip of the best songwriter of India, he persuades him to write the screenplay of the film which more of a song and less of a story. Gulzar who was equally fascinated to tell this story said yes to come back to the screenwriting after a gap of more than a decade.
Now let’s talk about the movie. So far you might have heard few bad things about the movie. That it lacks story. It’s quite slow. There is nothing new. Well, Let’s not deny all those things. But let’s sets the expectations right. It’s a folklore and hence we all know this story and heard about this. Mirzya is less about the story and more about story telling and when it comes to storytelling Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra is a master. We all knew each and every aspect of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad but Mehra contemporizes the story in a way that it strikes the right chord with the present day youth. He picked up a tool of documentary filmmaking inside the story and through that he tells the whole events.
In Mirzya, he picked the community of Blacksmith who is telling the tale in the form of songs.You might be wondering why these people are dancing and singing. Technically he is correct as Alam Lohar was a Lohar (Blacksmith) who had written these songs and made them popular. But I realized that this was a disconnect also as it was not relatable.
There is no point of discussing that it’s a technical masterpiece made by Mehra. Cinematography by Pawell Dyllus is stunning and takes you to another world. Editing by P S Bharathi is unique. But the thing that put the soul in this film is the music of Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Each and every tune, each single line pierce deep into your heart just like an arrow of Mirzya.
In terms of performances, Director overpowers everyone. After a point, it’s become difficult to notice anything beyond Mehra’s direction but still Harshvardhan and Saiyami were confident in the film where visuals and expressions take the front seat and not the dialogues. Anjali Patil and Anuj Choudhary are actors to look forward to.
Mirzya shows that Mehra is a Brave director who told this story in a way which may not appeal to the larger audience but then this is the way he wants to tells this folklore, giving it’s a due credit to it. Watch this poem in the form of cinema, if you can appreciate things beyond the word “Regular”.