Revival Of The Folklore In Mirzya


Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s Mirzya revives one of the cult classic love stories of India, that of Mirza Sahiban.

These names and their stories have been spoken about from times immemorial.

This time around, ace director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gives his vision to the story and showcases the same in current times too.

Rakeysh Mehra had seen a play of Mirza Sahiban in his college days and from then the story has stayed with him and impacted him for over two decades now.

The story stayed with me. I was very intrigued by Sahiban’s character. While Mirza and Sahiban were friends since childhood, love blossomed only later. What was special about their story was that this was the only couple to have consummated their love. So, in that sense, they were almost similar to modern-day live-in relationships,” says Mehra.

Speaking about getting the legendary writer Gulzar sahab on board after 17 years for the musical love story, Rakeysh Mehra adds, “Twenty five years after I saw the play, I randomly texted Gulzar saab, who also happens to be my neighbour. I hopped across for tea, and we discussed this film. In between our very poetic conversation, he agreed to be part of the movie.”

Mirzya funfolds filled with heightened drama & action packed sequences in the visually rich terrain of Rajasthan, contrasted with flashes of the fantastical universe of the folklore set in the awe-inspiring landscape of Ladakh.

Produced by Cinestaan Film Company & ROMP Pictures and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,Mirzya releases on 7th October 2016.