Touted as one of the biggestBollywoodlaunches of the year, Harshvardhan Kapoor’s Mirzya is romance in the flashbacks and stops at just being that. Anil Kapoor’s son Harshavardhan Kapoor created buzz right from the time the first teaser look of the movie was out, the songs and the trailer had further built up the anticipation of this Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s historic romance saga based on the epic love story of Mirza Sahiba. Mirza Sahiba is said to be the last of the historical epic love stories known to mankind and the pain and the struggle of the lovers was what made the relationship an epic for generations to look up to.

The original love story took place in the Indian state of Punjab thus many people out of Punjab are still alien to the story. Heer Ranjha and the other folk love stories are well known across the globe and mainly in India compared to Mirza Sahiba and that might be the very reason Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decided to tell the story on the cinematic screen.

Mirzya cuts time between two eras, and with overly beautiful production it almost kills the connect with the audience as it starts looking too beautiful and untrue. On the one side we have the scenes from the ever beautiful deserts of Rajasthan showcasing extravagant forts, picturesque locations and the mesmerizing dunes loaded with elaborate costumes worn by the characters while on the other hand we have a lost in time setting where everything appears out of the ordinary which looks like an attempt to portray the original love story of Mirza Sahiba.

In both the eras Harshavardhan and Saiyami play the star crossed lovers which make it more confusing and difficult to digest.The beginning which shows the bond and the love between two kids Suchi played by Saiyami Kher and Mohnish played by Harshavardhan Kapoor. While one starts liking the characters the film goes down every minute with the dialogues over powering the reality and becoming to fake at times.

This not only makes the characters look made up but also kills the last remainder of reality and connect that the characters bring on the plate.

Written by the magical Gulzar, Mirzya is definitely not the best launch vehicle for Harshavardhan Kapoor thought his acting abilities are only a bit better than the female lead Saiyami Kher who needs to polish her art well. All we can say is Harshavardhan has a good future in the industry if he chooses character driven roles and not something which lacks the connect with the reality.