Mirzya stayed with me.
Mirzya (2016) by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is rated 4.6 on IMDb. I watched it with a few of my friends in a theatre nearby, and none of them was impressed. The reviews of the film were abysmal, and not people I know have watched this movie.
Mehra known for Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has also directed Aks and Delhi 6. Though Rang De Basanti is a classic, Delhi 6 is my favourite movie on this list. Much like Mirzya, not many people liked Delhi 6.
So, why I liked Mirzya and Delhi 6 more than Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag? If I have to answer this in one word, the answer would be - incoherence.
There is a method of storytelling. I am not talking about the three acts of storytelling - setup, conflict and resolution. But I am talking about the math and science involved while converting a story to a screenplay. Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag are coherent stories. They have a set environment. Though Rang De Basanti, for parts, go in a non-linear fashion, the gripping parts of RDB are linear and building on the previous scene. The songs & dance of both movies are consistent with the story and the setup.
This is not true with Delhi 6 and Mirzya. Take for example this song from Mirzya:
At a crucial moment in the movie, when the actor and actress of the movie, express their love for one another, few random people start dancing and jumping on each other. Everyone in the theatre found this to be bizarre. What in the world is happening? (Hint: Expression of freedom).
There are no single conflicts in Mirzya. Director has played “Ishq me aksar aise hota hai” song over and over again to show multiple conflicts. Falling in love is quick. A decision to be together and run away from this world is fast. Dying for someone whom you love is so instant, that you feel disconnected from the world Mehra has sculpted.
There is no logic in Mirzya. There is beauty. Cinematography by Paweł Dyllus and Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is so beautiful, that I can’t express in words. Every note and every word written by Gulzar Saahab pierces directly into the heart.
I felt sad when Anjali Patil in Mirzya sacrificed her life for her love. I cried when Waheeda Rehman said - Yahan to marne ka bhi man nahi karta hai - while watering a Tulsi Plant in Delhi 6.
Watch Mirzya if you have not because these movies are not made enough. Stay with Delhi 6 for some time. You will absolutely love it. Incoherence and Inconsistency are not bad things. They give us something new, something that the world has yet to see.
I can agree with you, that both movies had a bad casting of the main characters. But they have got so much right. Why can’t we accept a movie for things other than acting or story?
Mirzya stayed with me because it was beautiful and poetic. It stayed with me because it has got one of the best soundtracks of the last decade. It stayed with me because I can see the passion of film making in it.
It stayed with me because I could feel that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra - one of the most legendary directors of our times - made it with a lot of freedom.
And freedom for an artist is a great thing.