An epic romance, an adventure, a comedy, a biopic and a horror take the Box Office this week.
This week we see the release of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, featuring Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in lead roles. Mirzya is based on Punjabi folklore ‘Mirza Sahibaan’, a lesser known love story. It’s one of the love stories with Heer-Ranjha, Sassi-Punnun and Soni-Mahiwal which blossomed in Punjab.
Mehra weaves two eras in Mirzya with a contemporary love story in today’s times with the actual love story of Mirza-Sahibaan. It’s very much his style as he did the same in ‘Rang de Basanti’.
The story of Mirzya is heard by all over the years but as we wonder why were Mirza-Sahibaan not allowed to love each other and also how come in today’s time Adil and Suchitra don’t get to live a happy life in love.
As the legend goes, a woman in the village of Kheewa gives birth to a son and dies soon after. Another woman close by, who has just given birth to a daughter, breast feeds both the children and takes the boy under her care. So, Sahibaan’s mother and Mirza’s father were nursed by the same woman and that made them ‘milk cousins’.
However, they eventually fall in love with each other which relation is opposed by the whole village, fiercely. And when parents of Sahibaan fix her wedding with someone else, she elopes with Mirza on the D day. The rest is history. It’s also said that Mirza-Sahibaan consummated their relationship and so they had to face the aftermath of breaking the taboo. Sahibaan turned out to be so ‘unlucky’ that the whole village and others nearby feared having a girl child for many generations after her.
The film portrays the love stories weaved into one another neatly. Along with Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, Mirzya features Anuj Choudhry, Om Puri, Art Malik, K. K Raina and Anjali Patil.
Gulzar has written the story while the music of the film has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The film has roped in Daler Mehndi, Nooran Sisters, Saieen Zahur, Taufiq Qureshi, Sidhharth Mahadevan, Mame Khan and Akhtar Chanal Zahri for the numbers.
TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA
A.L Vijay brings Tutak Tutak Tutiya with Prabhu Deva, Sonu Sood, Tamanna Bhatia and Esha Gupta in the lead roles. The story of the film is about this boy Krishna who works in Mumbai and wants to marry an ultra modern girl. Eventually he marries a village belle who turns out to be a ghost of another woman who wants to be an actress. Well, the adventure begins.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
Based on a book by Ransom Riggs, the film is directed by Tim Burton and is the story of Jake who lives with his grandfather. After the mysterious death of his grandfather who leaves him some clues, Jake finds his way to a magical world which is a school for peculiar children. It is here at Miss Peregrine’s school for peculiar children that Jake discovers his peculiar abilities and he is able to save his friends. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
QUEEN OF KATWE
Directed by Mira Nair, the film is a biographical drama about the life of the Ugandan Chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. A little girl rises from the slum and learns Chess and so she brightens her future and ends her poverty. The film stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga.
Lastly, you have a thriller centred around a widower who moves into a new home with his daughter and new wife. Once there, they can’t keep out what’s already inside within its walls. Go watch strange things happening in a peaceful suburban neighbourhood to find a horrifying story in the movie Within. Director: Phil Claydon, Writer: Gary Dauberman, Stars: Jordan Mosley, Erin Moriarty, Blake Jenner.