A still from Mirzya Image: YouTube
Like father, like son. Yup, even as you hold your breath and spend time reading his entire name, Harshvardhan Kapoor (Anil Kapoor’s son) has already joined the league of Bollywood’s sexy men. (Read: He's hotter than me - Guess who got Anil Kapoor to say that!) This young hottie, whom director Anurag Kashyap calls the most ‘cinema literate’ actor of this generation, has already bagged the titular role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's period drama Mirzya, wherein he essays the role of a warrior. (Watch: Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's Mirzya teases again) The film’s taken around two years for completion – what with elaborate preps and training for its lead debutantes – Harsh and Saiyami Kher.
While the teaser looks stunning, this extravagant romantic saga might well be worth the wait. Here’s why:
1. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra wanted to tell this story on screen almost 30 years ago after watching a play on the Punjabi folk tale of Mirza — Sahiban in college. He’s nurtured this story for such a long time that its treatment promises to be different in more ways than one.
2. Gulzar has adapted this folk tale and written a script after a hiatus of over 15 years (his last was Hu Tu Tu). Collaborating closely with Rakeysh Mehra, Gulzar’s writing is bound to bring back elements of classic storytelling to a contemporary setting.
3. Harshvardhan is a sincere actor and already has developed a solid fan following. In fact, to keep his mystique alive, he ensured that all his pictures were off his social media handles. He’s crazy about football and world cinema and has assisted Anurag Kashyap on Bombay Velvet. Not many know that Harsh was the one who goaded dad (Anil Kapoor) into take up Slumdog Millionaire. A thorough professional, he learnt horse riding and archery to do full justice to his character Mirzya, the masked lover cum warrior. (Read: Daddy Anil Kapoor doles out showbiz wisdom to debutant Harshvardhan Kapoor)
4. Mirzya travels to the stunning locales of Ladakh and Rajasthan. The film captures these locations in their barren grandeur while its parallel narration moves to the past.
5. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has composed its soundtrack. With mountain sounds and folk touches, and superb orchestration, Mirzya promises to be a new, eclectic musical journey.