Following its European Premiere at the LOVE Gala screening at BFI London Film Festival and its international festival run, BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s cinematic ode to love, Mirzya, will be screening at Picturehouse Central from 23 December 2016.
Produced by Cinestaan Film Company and ROMP Pictures, Mirzya is helmed by Mehra, whose body of work includes biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and the Indian drama, Rang De Basanti – BAFTA-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and India’s official selection for entry to the Academy Awards.
Embodying new age Indian cinema, Mirzya introduces a new generation of acting talent in principals, Harshvardhan Kapoor – son of actor Anil Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, alongside Anuj Choudhry, all of whom make their screen debuts in this tragic love story, conveyed in the director’s inimitable style. Supporting them onscreen is Anjali Patil and an ensemble of internationally renowned veterans comprising Art Malik, Om Puri and K.K. Rana.
Combining the crème of artistic talent from India with international counterparts to create a visual feast, Mirzya has been written by Academy and Grammy award-winning poet and lyricist, Gulzar. The film has been edited by P. S. Bharathi Mehra, while Indian musical trio, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, has crafted the soundtrack to further heighten the sweeping mise-en-scene. Internationally, Polish Director of Photography, Pawel Dyllus, has exquisitely shot the film, featuring action sequences directed by Danny Baldwin (The Last Samurai) and special effects courtesy of Prana (Life of Pi, Transformers, Thor).
Mirzya unfolds through heightened drama and state-of-the-art action sequences against the visually arresting terrain of Rajasthan, juxtaposed with flashes of the universe of the folklore dimension amid the mountainous landscape of Ladakh.
Mirzya is an epic love story that plays out in contemporary times, inspired by the folk tale of The legend of Mirza-Sahiban, a tragic love story that finds resonance in other odes,Romeo and Juliet and Laila Majnu.
A timeless narrative about star-crossed lovers is played out in parallel worlds, one real and one fantastical. As the lovers struggle against the forces that seek to keep them apart, they discover that just one moment of pure, true love is worth an entire lifetime.