Mirzya is a pretty typical Bollywood production (director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, screenplay by Gulzar) based on popular Punjab folktale “Mirza Sahiba,” which is the story of two young lovers who are not allowed to be together by their families.
If you did notice an obvious resemblance between “Mirza Sahiba” and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet you are absolutely right. The screenwriter Gulzar is not above quoting Shakespeare almost directly.
But there is a twist. The epic and lavish historic part of the film was shot on breathtaking and beautiful locations with using a good measure of very modern CGI. But the ancient part is interspersed with the contemporary story taking place in today’s India.
The “Romeo and Juliet” of India in the film are Mohnish and Suchi, who were separated long ago when then very young boy was jailed for murder. Many years after they parted their ways Suchi returns from London to marry Prince Karan. Suddenly she meets her long lost childhood friend Mohnish, who now goes by the new name Aadil and works as a horse groomer in the palace stable. As one might expect in a such type of story Suchi feels that her young love to the boy, now a gorgeous man, is still alive. Aadil-Mohnish also faces a hard decision. In order to get back the love of his life he has to fight not only the Prince but also Suchi’s father who is totally invested in marrying his beautiful daughter into royalty.
The director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), skillfully uses musical score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (with additional tracks by Daler Mehndi), to produce not exactly a Bollywood musical but drama with music which is a mixture of a period sounds and contemporary rhythms. The songs and dances in very colorful national costumes make the spectacle even brighter.