Like 5 different people on my twitter feed re-tweeted the Mirzya trailer this morning, so I thought I better watch it, even though I didn’t know any of the stars. So glad I did!
The trailer really took me away with the visuals. Great images, but also great editing. And great context for the images. It’s not just a man with a horse, it’s a man with a horse with a great play of light and shadow around him, interesting edited together with a small child riding a bicycle and other images, and with this huge narrative weight on it because the title is “Mirzya” and we all know the kind of role the horse will play in this. So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me to learn the director was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. You know, Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, that guy! LOVE HIM!
Even his earlier bad movie, the one no one ever talks about, how this great sense of style and image to it. And mythic story, now that I come to think of it.
Rakeysh got me excited, but what got me really really excited is that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is doing the music! I LOVE them! They have been my favorite composing team since I heard the Lakshya soundtrack. And their collaboration with Rakeysh on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is second only to Lakshya as my favorite album they’ve ever done. Rakeysh really seems to bring his composers to another level, you know? Rang De Basanti is my all time favorite Rahman album, and Delhi-6 is maybe my 12th favorite Rahman album (which would be an insult if we were talking about any other composer, but with Rahman, even being 12th is pretty impressive).
So anyway, I would be in just based on the director and music, but I have to say I am kind of intrigued by the story as well. I wiki’d Mirza-Sahiban to make sure I had it all straight, and it’s got some lovely little touches and moments to it, some great epic misunderstandings and tragedies. The film could choose to either simply tell the story, but updated for modern times, or it could choose to tell the story but also interrogate our assumptions, give a slightly different twist to the ending just to shock the audience. Like Ram-Leela and Romeo and Juliet or Haider and Hamlet.
And then there’s the cast. Well, the hero. The heroine has an interesting look to her, that’s fine. But the hero was the one where I saw his face and went “whoa, I want to know more about this person!” Not like he was super handsome or attractive, just really really interesting. And the name sounded vaguely familiar. But it took me longer than it should have to google around and discover, it’s Anil’s son! Sonam’s little brother! Finally joining the family business. And you know, at least in the little glimpse we got in the trailer, he reminded me more of his cousin Arjun than his father. That same kind of still intensity, where you are almost afraid of what he will do next.
So, to summarize, what I am saying is, I liked it.