What is common between ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Mirzya’, apart from its creator? The films combine the classic with the contemporary, a pattern of narrating stories adapted by filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. He, evidently, believes in telling a tale through the past and the present and merges the two visions in a movie.
‘Mirzya’, a spin on the folklore around Mirza and Sahibaan’s love story, shuttles between the olden days and contemporary times and the plot plays out in both eras simultaneously. The filmmaker, apparently, was intrigued and was keen to find out why Sahibaan had broken her lover’s arrows while he was battling her family. He first read the story about three decades ago and since then, it hasn’t left his mind.
Rakeysh says, “‘Mirzya’ is folklore, not history; so there is nothing real about it. The coolest thing about folklore is that there are so many versions and interpretations by writers across generations. You’ll feel like you’re watching a Shakespearean drama. It’s not a period film. The stories — one belongs to a different century and the other is set in today’s times — run parallel. The present picks up where the folklore leaves you. Finally, both of them merge, the lines blur and they become one.”
‘Mirzya’, produced by Cinestaan Film Company and ROMP Pictures, releases on October 7.