There are the epic storytellers on celluloid. Then there is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra whose narrative style is so unique, it makes that whole celluloid space that we are so familiar with, look unique fresh virginal and vivacious.It’s like dipping your head into a wellspring of life where you don’t need to come up for air.
The canvas portrayed in the song traverses two universes. As we all know, Mirzya unfolds in two time zones featuring Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in classic and contemporary avatars. This is not just about the styling , clothes and attitude. Mirzya seems to go deep in pursuit of an ethos that makes love an ongoing recurrent theme through the ages.
The title song under the skilful stewardship of editor P S Bharathi brings the two time zones in one line of vision.Gulzar’s lyrics are swathed in pain , shrouded in ecstacy.Every word every note is like a suppressed sigh and a stolen scream.
The impact is potent and passionate. As Daler Mehdi belts out Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s enrapturing melody, we see in front of our eyes a couple so frantically in love that they seem oblivious to Pawel Dyllus’s captivating camerawork which coils and uncoils itself around Harshvardan and Saiyami manifesting their mutual passion into balls of imploding fire ….
Literally. There are intoxicating shots in the song where we see balls of fire exploding in the snow as Harshvardhangallops through the ages.The metaphor of fire and ice runs like an electric current through the luminous length and epic breadth of the song.
Epic in every sense, the first song from Mirzya promises some of the most unique visuals seen in a love epic. Glimpses from a group-dance number shows couples throwing hammers at one another as they dance in a swirl of ecstatic colours.
Pinning down the epic images with his imploding intensity is debutant Harshvardan Kapoor. When he looks at his loved one , young Harshvardhan’s eyes are molten lava .
This is no ordinary love story.
But then this is no ordinary filmmaker.