Mirzya (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Written byGulzar
Based onMirza Sahiban
Produced by
  • Rohit Khattar
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • P. S. Bharathi
  • Rajiv Tandon
CinematographyPawel Dyllus
Edited byP. S. Bharathi
Music byShankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Daler Mehndi
  • Cinestaan Film Company
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Distributed byCinestaan AA Distributors[1]
Release date
  • 7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)
Budget45 million[2]
Box office13.5 million[3][4]

Mirzya (transl. O Mirza) is a 2016 Indian romantic fantasy film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Produced by Cinestaan Film Company and Mehra under his ROM Pictures, it stars Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in lead roles along with Anuj Choudhry, Om Puri, Art Malik, K. K. Raina, and Anjali Patil in supporting roles. The basic premise of the film is inspired by the Punjabi folklore of Mirza Sahiban.[5][6][7]

Mirzya was released in India on 7 October 2016. The film received mixed critical reception and was a box office bomb, grossing 13.5 million against a budget of 45 million.


Mirzya tells the tale of a pair of lovebirds who were never meant to be together. Mohnish (Harshvardhan Kapoor) is a horse groomsman who reconnects with his childhood friend Suchitra (Saiyami Kher), a soon to be princess.

Mohnish and Suchitra are inseparable friends and classmates in high school in Jodhpur. One day, the schoolmaster canes Suchi for not doing her homework. Mohnish cannot bear the sight of her being hurt, and later shoots the teacher with a gun he stole from Suchi's father, a policeman. As a result, he is sent to a juvenile correction facility, and Suchitra's father sends her away to London for higher studies. Mohnish escapes the correction home.

Years later, Suchitra returns to India and is now getting engaged to Prince Karan. She wants to learn riding, and Karan instructs the stable-hand, Aadil, to teach her. Suchitra gets a feeling of deja vu and eventually discovers that Aadil is her childhood friend, Mohnish. The two of them kiss and reconcile.

They become inseparable again, and Suchi tells Aadil to confess to her father that he is ready to seek due punishment for the murder he committed in his childhood. However, when Aadil tries to tell Suchi's father that he wants to make amends for his wrongdoing and wishes to marry Suchi, her unforgiving father and Karan hatch a plot to get rid of him. Karan attempts to shoot him, and although injured, Aadil doesn't die.

Unable to find Aadil anymore, Suchi agrees to marry Karan. On the wedding day, Aadil's friend, Zeenat, comes to Suchi's rescue. She ensures Suchi and Aadil escape on his bike, and the lovers elope. They share a few moments of love and freedom on their desert ride. However, when the bike runs out of petrol, they are chased down by the police, Suchi's father, and Prince Karan. Zeenat slits her wrists and dies because she knows that if she gets caught, she will have to reveal her friends' whereabouts. Just as they reach the Rajasthan border, Aadil is shot; Suchi swallows poison and they die in one another's arms.



The soundtrack was composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy. There are 15 tracks in the album, including 6 short songs on the character of Mirzya, composed by Daler Mehndi, with all lyrics written by Gulzar.[8]


Box office[edit]

The film grossed 96 million (US$1.2 million) during its first week run[3] and performed poorly at the box office.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 55% based on 11 reviews, and an average rating of 5/10.[9] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 52 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]

Variety's Guy Lodge said, "Star-crossed lovers do as star-crossed lovers must in this bright, ambitious but incompletely conceived Bollywood spectacle."[11] Meena Iyer of Times of India gave the film a 3/5 rating, praised the performance of leads Harshvardhan and Saiyami, and called the film "A broad, brash Bollywood romance, juggling Punjabi folklore with more contemporary Shakespearean allusions in its two-tiered narrative".[12] The Economic Times gave the film 3.5/5 rating and stated, "Impressive performance by Harshvardhan Kapoor & Saiyami Kher, but a one-time watch."[13]


Award Category Recipients Result
Screen Awards Best Male Debut Harshvardhan Kapoor Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Won
Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Saiyami Kher Won
9th Mirchi Music Awards[14] Raag-Inspired Song of the Year "Kaaga" Nominated
Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging) Santosh Mulekar & Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy – "Kaaga" Won
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy – "Mirzya" Nominated
Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing) Tanay Gajjar, Abhay Rumde, Gaurav Gupta, Manasi Tare, Abhishek Khandelwal & Shantanu Hudlikar – "Mirzya" Nominated
Best Background Score Tubby-Parik Won

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  1. ^ "Cinestaan, Anil Thadani form overseas film distribution JV". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ Hooli, Shekhar (10 October 2016). "Mirzya 1st weekend box office collection: Harshvardhan's film turns big disaster of 2016". International Business Times. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Tuteja, Joginder (14 October 2016). "Box Office: Mirzya is one of the biggest disasters ever". Bollywood Hungama. Hungama Digital Media Entertainment. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ "MIRZYA – Box Office India". Box Office India. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ Kaushall, Kuchi (16 December 2015). "WATCH: Harshvardhan Kapoor's 'Mirziya' logo trailer unveiled!". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ Express Web Desk (16 December 2015). "Mirzya first look: Sonam Kapoor's brother Harshvardhan turns warrior". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ A Correspondent (16 December 2015). "First look: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher in 'Mirzya' teaser". Mid-Day. Mid-Day Infomedia. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ Khurana, Suanshu (5 October 2016). "Mirzya music review: A fascinating album that must be heard". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Mirzya (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Mirzya Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  11. ^ Lodge, Guy (13 October 2016). "Mirzya Review: A Bright, Brash But Incomplete Bollywood Melodrama". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  12. ^ Iyer, Meena (7 October 2016). "Mirzya Movie Review". Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ PTI (7 October 2016). "'Mirzya' review: Impressive performance by Harshvardhan Kapoor & Saiyami Kher, but a one-time watch". The Economic Times. The Times Group.
  14. ^ "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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