Will Mirzya turn out to be just another version of Mirza Sahibaan’s folklore?

Published: September 29, 2016
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Filmmaker and screenwriter, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, waited a couple of years after the release of his award winning biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), to entice filmgoers with another mystic drama film.

This time, Mehra has placed the genre of the socio-political story in the form of a charismatic folklore to present a war-action filled romantic anecdote – Mirzya.

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Mirzya is based on the epic love story of Mirza Sahibaan, one of the most poignant Punjabi folktales. It is about the courage and distress of a woman who sacrificed her love to avoid bloodshed. The idea is touching and has attracted numerous filmmakers throughout the sub-continent, but Mehra’s adaptation is unusual as it presents a modern-day, as well as fantasy aspect of the folktale, while exploring the reasons behind betrayal and self-destruction.

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Photo: IMDb

As per the trailer, the story is mainly set against a rural backdrop showing couples falling in love in different time frames, but facing the same consequences and destiny. The short snippet shows that the story is inspired by the legendary folklore, but it has been crafted with a diverse approach by adding some dark and passionate elements.

Saiyami Kher and Harshvardhan Kapoor
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Photo: IMDb

The film will feature Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor as well as Saiyami Kher, the niece of the celebrated actress Tanvi Azmi, as Bollywood’s freshest debutantes. The trailer has not revealed the characters of both performers though.

Harshvardhan Kapoor
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Photo: IMDb

There are various cinematic versions of Mirza Sahibaan’s folklore, both in Pakistan and India, namely Mirza Sahiban (1947), Mirza Sahiban (1957) and Mirza Jutt (1967). If you are a fan of highly emotional romantic yet tragic love stories, then you should opt to watch these till Mehra’s latest experiment hits cinemas on October 7, 2016.

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Tanveer Khadim

Tanveer Khadim

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  • rumi52

    I saw a trailer of this in the UK when I went to watch Actor-in-Law. I found the trailer boring, I couldn’t work out what the story was and the title of the movie was the only indication I got on actually what the film may actually be about. It looked like this movie may have chosen style over substance, like some of Hrihtrik Roshan’s movies (although I am aware he is not in this movie). But okay lets wait until the actual movie is out.Recommend

  • Jasvinder Singh Marwaha

    Isn’t it a Bollywood movie? Why are you discussing it when you are not going to get to see the movie?Recommend

  • Aqeel Farhan

    The down side of Mirzya is the costumes, I mean where are the cloths of the Mirza Sahiban?Recommend

  • Shah

    Mirza Sahibaan is a beautiful folkstory and I hope film will be a good watch.Recommend

  • AQ

    Pakistan should also make a new film about Mirza Sahiban to cherish the memorable folklore.Recommend

  • AQ

    I second youRecommend

  • invincible

    Why you all are even disscusing it?,bollywood films are already banned in pakistan!!…..develop ur own film industry, have some shame and stop watching bollywood films. it gets really funny when so-called “pakistan” idol features all indian songs.Recommend

  • invincible

    Why you all are even disscusing it?,bollywood films are already [email protected] in pakistan!!…..develop ur own film industry, and stop watching bollywood films. it gets really funny when so-called “pakistan” idol features all indian songs. Recommend